Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Brian Fallon

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Brian Fallon

Meet Brian Fallon, Skimble‘s featured Trainer! Recently retired from an entirely different career, his love for triathlons goes way back. We recently had the chance to chat with Brian and learn about his coaching business along with its guiding principals that focus on “Harmony through Balance” in all aspects of life.

Tell us a bit about your background and where you’re from.

Brian: I’m actually a retired New York Air Traffic Controller! I live in Northport, New York, which is like a triathlete’s playground!

What inspired you to become a personal trainer?

Brian: I got into triathlons about 20 years ago and was totally hooked after completing my first race. I became an ASCA Level 2 (American Swim Coach Association) and Ironman Certified Triathlon Coach a few years ago, and since I retired, I now coach swimming and triathlon training full time.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Brian Fallon

What are your training specialties?

Brian: Swimming, Biking and Running (obviously), and Strength Training to help prepare the body to sustain the loads that this kind of intense training and racing will impose, especially for the long course options (Half and Full Iron distance).

Tell us a bit about AquaTerra Coaching?

Brian: I started AquaTerra Coaching, LLC because I wanted to be an alternative to the “Gotta make it hurt!” mentality that I see a lot of people subjected to in their training. It ends up causing a lot of unnecessary injuries. Triathlon training is grueling enough as it is; there’s no magic in the formula for success – dedication, consistency, and realistic efforts proportional to the demands of the event for which you are training, will take you farther than you would believe. Our guiding principle of “Harmony through Balance” means that while we will always strive to help you achieve the best physical performance possible, we also attempt to reach that goal in a healthy and holistic manner that is in sync with not just your race-day goals, but your life goals as well.

What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

Brian: Seeing 80-year-olds compete! Seriously! To see people in that age group in action – and I mean SMASHING it – is unbelievably inspiring to me. I want to be like that when I grow up!

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Brian Fallon

Who are your heroes?

Brian: My heroes are names not well known, but in my opinion, should be household names. Rudy Garcia-Tolson, a gold medal Paralympian (2008 & 2012) who became the first double above-knee amputee to complete a full Ironman Triathlon. Mikey Brannigan, a Northport native who has autism, who went on to become the 2016 Paralympian gold medalist in the 1500 Meter run. And so many others like them!

Do you have any hidden talents?

Brian: I draw cartoons in my spare time.

What’s your favorite Workout Trainer feature?

Brian: I was searching for a timer app that I could use to program custom workouts and then send those to my athletes when I discovered Skimble’s Workout Trainer app. Brilliant! It had all the features I was looking for and more! I really love the playback feature which allows a demonstration of the exercises. Sometimes, you just need to see it being done in order to understand what to do yourself, or – as often is the case – what NOT to do! The audio cues also make it so easy to follow along without having to keep looking at the device.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Brian Fallon

Do you have any go-to training gear that you would recommend?

Brian: Stretch cords! They are so amazingly effective when used correctly. You can bring them anywhere and get an incredible workout done.

Please share a secret health/fitness tip with the Skimble community…

Brian: You want to get stronger? Go to sleep. Seriously; the science on this is unequivocal. Workouts are where you “damage” your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It’s during sleep – deep, restful sleep – that your body repairs, rebuilds, and strengthens everything in preparation for the next round. Make sleep a priority in your life.

Thanks for sharing with us, Brian, we’re excited to see what the future will bring for you and AquaTerra Coaching!

Brian Fallon is currently accepting new clients for 1:1 Online Personal Training in Workout Trainer. Get signed up today and let him help you crush your fitness goals.

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Olympic Gold Series: Swim Like Phelps

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Olympic Gold Series: Ready for RioThis workout is designed to work your back and shoulders to give you the look of a pro swimmer. After completing this upper body session you will be ready to swim like Michael Phelps.Workout Trainer by Skimble: Olympic Gold Series: Swim Like PhelpsIf you’re new to Skimble, our Workout of the Week challenges offer you fresh ways to be fit. Download Workout Trainer on your Android & Apple devices and do your first workout! Remember, if you want to stay up-to-date with our Workout of the Week challenges, be sure to have your Workout Trainer notifications turned ON in the app!

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Workout Trainer: Olympic Moves You Can Do Every Day

Workout Trainer by Skimble: 2016 Rio OlympicsWith the 2016 Olympics fast approaching, the world’s attention turns to Rio to celebrate the most renowned sporting event on the planet. 206 countries will be competing in 28 different sports and Team Skimble will be keeping up with all the action. Are you as excited as we are? For all you aspiring athletes and fitness enthusiasts, we have some Olympic-inspired workouts lined up in Workout Trainer to keep you on top of your game during your favorite events.

 

Swimming: August 6th – 13th, 2016

Like a fish out of water, practice this dry Swimming exercise when you don’t have access to a pool. Begin lying on your belly with your arms above your head at shoulder-width. Position your legs hip-width apart. Raise your head and limbs 2 to 3 inches off the ground and pretend you’re swimming. Flutter kick your feet and make small splashing movements with your hands.Workout Trainer by Skimble: 2016 Rio Olympics: Swimming

Gymnastics: August 8th – 11th/14th – 16th, 2016

Learn a handstand with the help of a partner, follow these simple steps and start with this Assisted Handstand. This is a popular move to master for CrossFit enthusiasts. Set up in down dog or on your hands and knees. Have your partner stand to one side of you, by your hands. Extend one leg up so that your partner can grab it. While they provide support with one hand on the thigh, you can draw the other leg up. Voila, you’re standing upside!

Rowing: August 10th – 13th, 2016

Try Fast Rowing by setting up on a rowing machine, adjusting the foot straps to ensure that your running shoe heel is resting comfortably against the base of the foot pedal and that the strap is secured. While maintaining your rowing form, row quickly as if you were in a race. Go, go, go for gold!

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Athletics: August 12th – 21st, 2016

Try these Runners Lunges to step up your track skills and get you racing past the finish line. Stand with your feet together. As you perform a forward right lunge, place your hands on either side of your front foot. After three counts, switch sides. For added balance, place both hands on your front bent knee instead.

Boxing: August 12th – 21st, 2016

Boxing is about so much more than just punching. Try this Jab Cross Hook Elbow exercise to get a feel for the different techniques involved in this infamous sport. Stand in your fighter stance. Go for a straight left jab, then a cross, and finish with a left elbow hook!Workout Trainer by Skimble: 2016 Rio Olympics: Boxing - Jab Cross Hook Elbow Left

Be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes Olympic coverage and get inspired to achieve your personal best!Workout Trainer by Skimble: 2016 Rio Olympics

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