Skimble’s Pro Workout of the Week: Upper wRinger

Bust out your Olympic Rings or TRX and put your upper body through the wringer! This is a rep-based workout so you can go at your own pace. Be sure to tap ‘DONE’ after you have completed the recommended amount of reps per exercise.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Pro Workout of the Week: Upper wRingerDo you have a fitness resolution? Make progress towards achieving your goals with Skimble’s top fitness apps and supportive community. If 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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Skimble’s Free Workout of the Week: Ring In Spring

If you have access to Olympic Rings or TRX at your local gym or home, this is a great upper body and core workout to help you chisel your body ready for spring. Remember to go at your own pace!

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Free Workout of the Week: Ring In SpringDo you have a fitness resolution? Make progress towards achieving your goals with Skimble’s top fitness apps and supportive community. If 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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Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Micah Greer

Skimble's Workout Trainer: Verified Trainer Spotlight: Micah Greer

Meet Micah, Workout Trainer‘s latest featured Verified Trainer! He’s collaborated with the Skimble Team from the very beginning, so you may have noticed him in some Skimble workout photos and videos. Micah Greer lives in Austin, Texas and has a Masters in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Physiology. He’s been a professional fitness coach since 2006 with Personal Trainer qualifications from ACE and NASM, as well, he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® through the NSCA.

We recently had the chance to chat with Micah about his 10-year fitness career and his experiences with the Skimble Team so far.

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Q 1. What is your favorite workout style?

Micah: I do all types of workouts, but my favorites are always set outdoors in nature. Trail running and mountain biking have been a couple of my staples for several years. 

Q 2. You just got married — congrats! How did you train for your big day?

Micah: Yes! Thank you. I got married on March 4, 2016. Training was pretty similar to the norm. I usually do 2-3 days of weights, 1-2 days of a higher intensity weight/cardio mix, and another 2 days of trail running and/or mountain biking.

Q 3. What is your fondest memory from a multimedia shoot with Skimble?

Micah: Honestly, all of the shoots have been great! Some of the highlights are: breaking out the superhero costumes, seeing a Skimble push-up performed in person, and just being back in San Francisco after being away for a while.

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Q 4. What is a funny fitness moment you’ve had when training a client?

Micah: I’m going to tell you the first thing that popped in my head! This is a bit embarrassing, as well as funny. We laugh about it now so it’s worth sharing. A few weeks into training an older client, I had him finishing one of his harder workouts on the rower. This guy really liked to push himself! He was huffing and puffing, and almost done with his workout. As I was cheering him on, he exhaled forcefully and POP, out came his dentures. We were both in shock for a hot second. I didn’t really know how to deal with the situation. I felt so bad that I almost picked them up for him, but decided he should probably get them. Luckily he was a great sport and laughed it off. 

Q 5. LOL, indeed! What keeps you personally motivated to stay fit? 

Micah: My hunger for health, my wellness-focused career, other people, my wife, my dog, my love for the outdoors… You can find many motivations in your life, it’s only a matter of seeing them. Just pick one!

Q 6. To end it off, what is a ‘secret’ fitness tip you want to share?
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Micah’s fitness tip:  I love to emphasize isolated glute activation exercises, such as floor bridges and single leg floor bridges. This works especially well with newer clients, as it rids a lot of people of back pain and problems (if performed properly). It can also lead to bigger gains in weightlifting, and usually a bit more muscle on the backside.
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Thanks for sharing with us, Micah. See you next time, with or without your fancy fohawk!
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Want to follow Micah and other great trainers? Download the Workout Trainer app for Android & iOS, then head on over to the new Trainers tab!

Are you a fitness professional? Want to become a Verified Trainer like Micah, and have access free coaching tools and more? Get started on Skimble’s Trainer page.

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Happy 2011! Skimble’s got 1000 Audio Workouts & TRX Fitness Winners.

Many people are starting to think of their New Year fitness goals.  Skimble’s got your back…your abs and the rest!

If you haven’t already done so, download our free Workout Trainer iPhone app.  Put on your headphones and have a virtual personal trainer keep you motivated and on track to achieving your 2011 fitness goals.

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Among big brands like Nike and Weight Watchers, Skimble has also made its way to a Top 15 Health & Fitness App in the iTunes App Store!  We couldn’t have gotten there without you.  With your support, we now have over 1000 audio workouts!

Try one today and get trained by our no-nonsense terminators or a human audio voice.  Perhaps the seemingly simple 2 Min Elbow Plank Challenge?  How about completing one new workout a day for a whole week?  Here are a few suggestions:

But wait, there’s more!  Congrats to Nick N and Barbara B, two active Skimblers who’ve just won a TRX Suspension Training Pro Pack with Door Anchor System from our partners at Fitness Anywhere.  Nick and Barbara entered last month’s giveaway contest by simply tracking their sports activities and workouts on Skimble…keep up the good work!

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Fitness comes in many forms and we don’t discriminate at Skimble. Here’s the team in their festive best rock climbing on the famous Moon Hill in Yangshuo, China:

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Home (gym) for the Holidays? Win a TRX Suspension Training Pro Pack & stay trim anywhere with Skimble.

The holiday countdown begins and now’s the perfect time to stay trim with Skimble and TRX.  Create a home gym this winter with a TRX Suspension Training Pro Pack. TRX Suspension Training leverages your own bodyweight to build power, balance, core strength and flexibility for people of all fitness levels.  Each day in Dec 2010 that you track at least one activity or workout on Skimble, you earn one contest entry. At the end of the month, winners are randomly chosen from these entries. Each winner receives a a TRX Pro Pack + Door Anchor, MSRP 199.95 USD. Details here.

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If you don’t know about TRX, read about Ariana V‘s first TRX experience as she visits the San Francisco-based TRX Trainer Center and creates her own home gym:

I had never heard of TRX nor did I know that the TRX training center existed in the easily accessible neighborhood of Russian Hill in San Francisco. On Friday, my boyfriend Sameer and I arrived to meet Nicole, who helped us get set up in the center and introduced us to the trainer, Charles. Charles provided us with a 10-15 minutes overview of the class and quickly taught us how to use the suspension training system. This short introduction proved to be very helpful once the other students were there and the class began.

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We spoke with Charles and Nicole for a few minutes before the class started, discussing how they came into the TRX family. Charles let us know that he had been hoping to become a personal trainer and came upon TRX. After doing some classes, he became hooked early on.  He sought out the founder of Fitness Anywhere, which led him to his current place in the company. Nicole let us know that she began with the company way back in 2007, when there was only a staff of 7. The TRX family now includes a training facility in Russian Hill and offices downtown. They are also looking for space for another training facility. Randy, the founder, started the program with him and his dog out of his own house. Randy has a background in the Navy, where he gained the kind of physical discipline that drove him to create TRX.

TRX is a fitness training program that uses suspension training. The class that I took was TRX Circuit Training, which incorporates the suspension training with cardio to provide a full-body workout. The class was amazing. I thought that it was a very different way to think of exercise than I am used to – the integration of core strengthening on a platform that I never used before and a cardio workout really helped me feel (and know!) that I got an amazing workout. This is proven by how sore my body was for the next three days!

The suspension ropes are easy to pick up. I think that if I took just a couple more classes, I could get a way better hang of them so that I feel more comfortable with how to use them and how they are supposed to feel. On the other hand, they were not at all difficult to use and the fact that it was my first class did not prohibit my workout in any way.

My favorite thing about TRX is that it really provided a full-body workout. When I say that I was sore, I mean that literally it felt like every muscle in my body was sore. I felt like I had worked out every muscle and had a great cardio session too. It kept me sweating the whole time and that’s how I like my workouts.

I also really liked the trainer. Charles (pictured above left) provided us with all the help that we needed without making us feel like goofs since we didn’t really know what we were getting into. The class was a mix of regular students and people who hadn’t done it before and that was completely fine since everyone can do the exercises at their own pace.

 

Back at home, the TRX home system allows you to suspend the ropes from a doorway so you can do anything that you could in class. It’s completely portable and great for travellers who want to stay in shape wherever they go…here’s a photo of Skimble’s Maria L completing the 40/40 TRX Challenge on the rooftop of the Lombardi Sports store in San Francisco:

It really does make a great holiday present for yourself or a loved one!  Be sure to snag 15% off + Free Shipping till 12/16 on TRX systems today!

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