Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Michael Butts

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Michael ButtsMeet Michael, Skimble‘s latest featured Trainer! This Midwestern boy has done it all, from growing up wrestling in his small Missouri hometown, to rock climbing in some of the most spectacular places around the world. We recently had the chance to catch up with Michael Butts in Boulder, Colorado and find out more about his latest passion; CrossFit.

Tell us a bit about your fitness background?

Michael: I grew up in the small town of Carthage, Missouri in the Ozarks. Growing up with boundless energy and the last name Butts, my brother and I got into quite a few scuffles as children. So one day my father decided to take us to wrestling practice. As it turned out, I was pretty good at the sport. Good enough to earn a full ride scholarship to the University of Nebraska in Omaha. For those of you who are not familiar with the sport of wrestling, there is a fair amount of weight loss involved. From a young age I was lucky to learn from some of the best in the business, Olympic champions and coaches from around the world. They taught me how to train and the importance of nutrition if I wanted to perform and compete at the highest level. Those lessons in training, nutrition and performance have stayed with me over the years. I am dedicated to the pursuit of fitness, healthy living and helping others get there too. Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Michael ButtsRumor has it you’ve traveled a lot in the name of fitness! Where have you lived and trained? Do you have a favorite location?

Michael: After college, I discovered rock climbing and spent 9 years climbing around the world. I climbed in over a dozen countries, pushing myself mentally and physically on some of the best rock climbs and mountains around the world. During my travels I was exposed to almost everything the fitness world has to offer. Gripped by the desire to find new challenges, I discovered CrossFit in 2008. After only a few workouts I knew that CrossFit was going to be more than just a training element in my life. Some of my most memorable workouts have been in remote places around the world with amazing people.

What’s your favorite workout style?

Michael: My favorite workout style is Olympic weightlifting combined with mid-level track & field and a little gymnastics. I believe these are the strongest, fastest, healthiest athletes on the planet and by combining these modalities I can create a great workout that keeps me mobile, strong and powerful.Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Michael ButtsSpeaking of Olympic weightlifting, you have competed in that field. Can you share any highlights?

Michael: Yes, I have competed in several local competitions. One highlight was a 315 pound Clean and Jerk (a 10 # personal record) for a win.

What do you eat? Do you have a guilty pleasure?

Michael: I follow one simple rule. Eat food not ingredients, mostly greens and not too much. I have been following a zone style diet for many years now. Measuring out your macronutrients to ensure the best energy and focus throughout my day. My guilty pleasure is chocolate milk 🙂

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Michael ButtsDo you supplement? What do you take?

Michael: I try to eat as much food as possible. I want to get my nutrients the natural way, from food. My favorite post workout recovery is an 8oz chocolate milk, giving me just enough protein and simple sugars to ensure protein synthesis, helping my muscles grow.

Do you have a personal mantra or message you stand by?

Michael: “If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you.” Above all, I believe that fitness is non-negotiable. In life the ability or inability to meet physical challenges shapes an individual’s personality and lifestyle, be it moving luggage to the overhead bin, climbing stairs at work or hiking a 14’er. I believe in a world filled with confidence and strength, I’m dedicated to the pursuit of fitness, healthy living and helping others get there too. Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Michael ButtsThanks for sharing with us, Michael, we’re looking forward to our next climbing session together!

Want to follow Michael 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 Michael and have access to free coaching tools and more? Get started on Skimble’s Trainer page.

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Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: David Rivera

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: David Rivera

Meet David, Skimble’s latest featured Trainer! David is a nationally certified Personal Trainer with a B.S. in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training. This Georgia Fitness Coach developed a strong drive to help people after undergoing his own 80 lbs drop – talk about dedication!

We recently had the chance to chat with David Rivera about his personal fitness journey and how he uses Workout Trainer to help others achieve their goals.

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Tell us a bit about your shift from Athletic Coach to Personal Trainer?

David: I was an Athletic Trainer for various Sports Medicine Programs at High School, College, and Amateur/Semi-Pro level for over 10 years. Within that time I neglected my own fitness and no longer represented the knowledge and discipline I promoted. I took a step back to make lifestyle and priority changes that would allow me to find a healthy balance. After my own transformation of going from 250 lbs to 170 lbs for my first Half Ironman, I chose to become a Personal Trainer and Fitness Coach. I knew I was able to relate to individuals struggling to find a balance in life, work, family, etc. I felt compelled to help others as my educational background prepared me to not only rehabilitate athletes back from injury, but to assist individuals with any physical limitations to successfully attain their personal goals.

Having undergone such a big transformation yourself, what keeps you motivated to stay fit?

David: Feeding off the energy of other like minded individuals as we all grind through our struggles, but strive to be our best every day.

What’s your own favorite workout style?

David: I have evolved from triathlon and endurance training as a focal point and am now enjoying powerlifting. My favorite workouts are the Leg Blaster and Powerlifting Chest workout. I’m also dabbling in weightlifting at the moment, I like taking on new challenges.

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How has Workout Trainer helped you build your coaching business? 

David: It’s been a fantastic way to stay in contact with my clients, send workouts if schedule conflicts arise, and give feedback for improvements. I can now provide one-on-one coaching from anywhere. The workouts are great for my clients to cross-train when out of town or on vacation. As the Skimble community grows, it’s become a great place to feed off the incredible energy and motivation shared throughout.

We’re so happy to hear that! Do you have a favorite feature in the app?

David: My favorite features are the playback and audio cues that accompany the exercises. They make it easy for my clients to do workouts when I’m not with them in person for guidance and coaching.

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Finally, please share a secret fitness or health tip with our community…

David: Challenge yourself to your own standard of success and never let anyone dictate the path you choose in your fitness journey. There are 101 ways to attain the same goal, but it’s up to you to find the path that keeps you motivated, consistent, and progressive. Never let fear, outside influence, guilt, or doubt become a factor in your journey – Trust Your Process –

Thanks for sharing with us, David, and make sure to check out our new 1:1 Training Tools in the latest app update!

Want to follow David 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 David and have access to free coaching tools and more? Get started on Skimble’s Trainer page.

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Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Tif Sippel

Skimble's Trainer Spotlight: Tif Sippel

Meet Tif, Workout Trainer‘s latest featured Verified Trainer! On a mission to change the world’s attitude towards exercise one smile at a time. This local San Francisco fitness fanatic has the kind of positive spirit that’s contagious, you can’t help but get up and join in.

We recently had the chance to chat with Tif Sippel about her fun workout style and how she uses Workout Trainer to inspire and motivate others to join the fitness movement.

Q 1. Tell us a bit about your background and how you initially got involved in fitness?

Tif: My journey that led to a career in fitness began at a very young age. I grew up studying dance and gymnastics, both of which contributed to gaining invaluable experience and knowledge of body mechanics. Today my training methods are still based on the philosophy that workouts should be fun, motivating, challenging and individualized. My motivation is to deliver clients a mean workout with a smile 🙂

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Q 2. What’s your favorite workout style?

Tif: Being surrounded by fitness every day can make any workout method get old really quick. There is something to be said about specializing, but there is also something to be said about keeping it varied and mixing things up. I myself live by the latter! While there are certain things that will always be a foundation for me (joint mobility and strength, dance, being upside down) everything else goes through cycles. Olympic Lifting, Kettlebells, TRX, Parkour, Surfing, Acrobatics, Rowing, Plyometrics, Cycling, Hiking, Trail Running, Barre….the list goes on. No “fitness method” is off limits for me.

Q 3. How does Workout Trainer help you as a fitness professional? 

Tif: It’s a great way to get my clients to work out when they go out of town. I also like creating a workout in the app after I’ve done a killer workout that I think the world should know about. It’s a way of documenting a workout that I may forget down the road and can refer to later to see where I’m at with my fitness level. Another thing I love about the app is that it gives me a chance to see what a larger population of fitness goers are into. I live in San Francisco where fitness is a big part of a lot of people’s lives. We live in a “fitness bubble” and it’s great to see what people naturally gravitate to in the app.

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Q 4. Wonderful to hear! Do you have a favorite feature in the app?

Tif: I love the ability to communicate with people around the world about workouts and interact with Skimble community posts. I don’t ever want to take for granted how technology gives us the ability to connect with people everywhere. It’s so great to have this global knowledge and insight, especially as a professional in the fitness industry.

Q 5. What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

Tif: Honestly, there is this little guy in my head who tells me that because I am a representative of the fitness industry it would be a good idea to stay fit. And by “stay fit” I mean “be fit” not “look fit”. That’s a whole other conversation I won’t get into now. More importantly and on a larger scale, what keeps me motivated to stay fit is the addiction I have to moving my body and the results I get from following through. It gives me confidence, puts my mind at ease, allows me the opportunity to do something for myself and hang out with friends. It makes my life more fulfilled and that is definitely something I love about fitness.

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Q 6. Finally, please share a secret fitness or health tip with us…

Tif: Don’t do it if you hate it. It may not seem like a secret but time and time again I hear people say how much they hate going to the gym or going on that run, etc. If you hate it, you’ll end up loathing it and you’ll never want to do it again. Take the time to find something that makes you tick. Maybe it’s joining a team sport, hiking, chasing your dog, playing on a playground, dedicating yourself to learn a trick. I’ll also add to that, that sometimes people don’t want to move because something hurts or they’re so mentally drained that they don’t have the energy. Most of the time people don’t even realize that this is the case because it’s discarded as laziness. In that case, I usually suggest to try and see a professional or specialist about it. It could be a medical professional, a life coach, a professional organizer, a house cleaner; the diagnosis is up to you and what’s happening in your life. The body wants to move, we just need to find a way that it likes to.

Thanks for sharing with us, Tif, and keep up the positive vibes!

Want to follow Tif 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 Tif, and have access to free coaching tools and more? Get started on Skimble’s Trainer page.

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Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Andy O’neill

Skimble's Trainer Spotlight: Andy O'neill

Meet Andy, Workout Trainer‘s latest featured Verified Trainer! This East Coaster from Connecticut became inspired to help people after going through his own weight loss journey in college. Andy O’neill turned his passion into his profession as a full-time fitness coach and has helped hundreds of people reach their fitness goals, whatever they may be.

We recently had the chance to chat with Andy about his fitness journey and how he uses Workout Trainer to inspire and motivate his clients to reach their own goals.

Q 1. Tell us a bit about your background and how you initially got involved in fitness?

Andy: It all started when I was an overweight college student with a bum knee, studying physical therapy. After a few years, something hit me. I realized I was unhappy, miserable, and really needed to get my life under control. Thanks to my studies, I worked on my knee vigorously until I could walk without a limp again, then eventually figured, why stop there? I took up running and lifting, studied fitness and nutrition for fun, then next thing I know, I dropped 108lbs! I was so excited! In that time, I found where my passion truly was. I ended up leaving college after I got my Bachelor’s Degree in physical therapy and got multiple certifications to become a fitness professional. I couldn’t be happier now!

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Q 2. What’s your favorite workout style?

Andy: I like to pair up full body movements. I usually start with a sprint variation or heavy lift for lower body, followed by an upper body push, upper body pull, and a core stability movement usually involving rotation. Repeat that cycle 3 times then move on to the next set of 4 exercises. I usually do 3-4 rounds of exercises.

Q 3. How does Workout Trainer help you as a fitness professional? 

Andy: The app is great for communicating with potential clients and is a huge source of information with the forums. It’s also a useful way to give people a sample of some of your workouts and build interest. I love it!

Q 4. That’s great! What’s your favorite feature in the app?

Andy: My favorite feature is being able to add my own exercises. It keeps us trainers from being limited by the library of exercises already in the app and allows me to get creative.

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Q 5. What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

Andy: My family and clients are my biggest motivation. Everything I do, I do for them. I can’t expect anyone to push themselves unless I am willing to do the same to myself. It just wouldn’t be right!

Q 6. Finally, please share a secret fitness or health tip with us…

Andy: Create and follow a process! We all have long term goals and dreams of where we want to be a year from now, but we tend to only compare our current progress with a goal we want to see, and sometimes it can really discourage people when they only see how far they have left to go. Once you have a long term goal, create a weekly goal and then forget the long term. Make a simple process to follow each week. For example:

1: work out 5 times this week
2: eat healthy every day this week
3: have only 1 cheat meal this week
4: go for 1 hike this weekend

Quick and simple to follow! Follow your process and you WILL arrive at the result you want.

Thanks for sharing with us, Andy, and keep showing us how it’s done!

Skimble's Trainer Spotlight: Andy O'neill

Want to follow Andy 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 Andy, and have access to free coaching tools and more? Get started on Skimble’s Trainer page.

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Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Tina Filippi

Skimble's Workout Trainer: Trainer Spotlight: Tina Filippi

Meet Tina, Workout Trainer‘s latest featured Verified Trainer! This busy bee decided to combine her background in medicine, fitness, and business to do something she’s truly passionate about. A few years ago, Tina Filippi started her own brand called Team Fearless Fitness to offer online personal training that thrives on helping clients reach their health and fitness goals.

We recently had the chance to chat with Tina about her business in the bay area and how Skimble makes her life, as well as her clients’ lives easier every day.

Q 1. Tell us a bit about your background and how you initially got involved in fitness?

Tina: In 2011, I started my own fitness journey. I needed to loose the 20 lbs I gained since high school, but I didn’t know much about fitness nor weight loss training since I only ever participated in team sports and dance in school. This is when I first discovered Beachbody programs and their amazing motivational coaches. They really helped me get back on track, and I knew I wanted to pay it forward.

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Q 2. What is your favorite workout style?

Tina: I love all forms of working out, from running to CrossFit to yoga. I like doing short, effective training sessions myself. Get in, work hard and get back to living life!

Q 3. How does Workout Trainer help you as a fitness professional? 

Tina: This app helps me share and motivate others so they can be inspired to live a healthy and fit lifestyle. I’m able to reach more people virtually and make a bigger impact on the world this way.

Q 4. What is your favorite feature in the app?

Tina: I love the ability to build your own workouts as well as boost morale with pictures! It goes a long way with clients in customizing their experience.

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Q 5. What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

Tina: My clients keep me motivated! Seeing them healthy, happy and hitting goals keeps me on my toes and motivated to continue becoming a better coach.

Q 6. Share a secret fitness/health tip! 

Tina: Personal development is the key to success! You can eat clean, train every day, but if your mind isn’t in it, you’re bound to go back to unhealthy habits or give up easily when things get tough. I always tell my clients it’s a process. In order to see results, having a positive mindset is key.

Thanks for sharing with us, Tina! We’re looking forward to trying out the next workouts you create.

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Want to follow Tina 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 Tina, and have access to free coaching tools and more? Get started on Skimble’s Trainer page.

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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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Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Silvie Hibdon

Skimble's Workout Trainer Spotlight: Silvie HibdonMeet Silvie, one of Skimble’s newest featured Verified Trainers! She initially turned to yoga to alleviate pain, but ended up finding her true passion. Energized and rejuvenated, she found a way to a more balanced life. Since then this yogi’s practice has become a way for her to tap into a natural state of inner strength, which she loves to share with her clients and friends.

We recently had the chance to ask Silvie Hibdon some questions about her health journey and favorite moves.

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Q 1. For starters, tell us how you got your start in fitness.

Silvie: I grew up overseas, in the Czech Republic. Movement has been a natural part of my life since an early age; playing basketball, climbing trees and dancing were my favorite things to do as a kid. Fascinated by human nature, I studied Applied Social Sciences with a focus on Expressive Arts Therapy and, later on, Communication Studies in the US. At the age of 13, I developed back pain and searched for ways to ‘make it disappear’. Eventually, I found yoga as a great way to alleviate my pain and it soon grew into something more transformative. This was over 10 years ago… and now my lifestyle revolves around yoga, as a teacher and a life-long learner. My yoga practice combines my passion for living healthy – engaging myself and others.

Q 2. What is your favorite yoga workout right now?

Silvie: My favorite yoga workout to do these days is “Stretch, Let Go & Feel Free!” It really helps me release and let go of whatever’s on my mind, while at the same time giving me a great workout with backbends, hip openers and hamstring stretches.

Q 3. When you aren’t striking beautiful yoga poses…

Silvie: I might be rock climbing at Mission Cliffs or Planet Granite, enjoying a sunny bike ride with my friends, or facilitating design challenges in San Francisco.

Q 4. How does the Workout Trainer app help you as a fitness professional?

Silvie: I used to email my clients lists of workouts with pictures that I found on the Internet, which was very time-consuming. Luckily, I don’t have to do that anymore! Workout Trainer lets me share workouts with my clients in the most succinct way. And, I can even send the workouts directly to them, which is really convenient.

Q 5. What is your favorite feature in Workout Trainer?

Silvie: My favorite feature in the app is ‘Workout Collections’ because it lets me compile similar workouts that I can recommend to my followers. This way they can receive a variety of workouts all at once.

Q 6. What keeps you motivated to stay fit?

Silvie: Investing in your health is just like investing in your education, retirement, or relationships. It’s equally important, if not more important!

Skimble's Workout Trainer Spotlight: Silvie HibdonQ 7. Share a secret fitness/health tip with us!

Silvie: Do the sports that you love! Find something that brings you joy and makes you come alive.

Thanks for sharing with us, Silvie.

Want to follow Silvie 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 Silvie? Check out Skimble.com/trainers to learn more.

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Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Tenisha Martin

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Meet Tenisha, one of Skimble’s newest featured Verified Trainers! She’s a qualified Personal Trainer who lives and breathes fitness.

 

 

 

When Tenisha Martin isn’t training for the next big marathon around Georgia, she’s coaching others and exploring new training styles. We got a chance to chat with this all-arounder to learn more about her favorite workouts, as well as what keeps her healthy and motivated in her daily fitness routine.

Q 1. What is your favorite workout style right now?

Tenisha: My favorite type of workout is running, mainly long distance, but I am working on speed & agility at the moment. In addition, I have rediscovered my first love again, yoga. My favorite yoga workout right now is called, The Big O, and can be found in my created workouts.

Q 2. How does the Workout Trainer app help you as a fitness professional?

Tenisha: Workout Trainer helps me gain more health coaching and personal training clients. I get to help more people than I could have ever imagined, from all over the world. The app gives me a platform to find clients that are already in the ‘Action Stage’ of making better health choices. Most of their backgrounds are very similar to mine, they are just searching for some support or need a challenge to stay motivated.skimble-workout-trainer-spotlight-verified-tenisha_InstagramQ 3. What is your favorite feature in Workout Trainer?

Tenisha: My favorite feature in the app is the Leaderboard in the community section. This personalized tab shows everyone I follow in Workout Trainer, and ranks each person based on who has done the most workouts. I love checking this tab to see who is ahead of me, and motivate myself to beat them! Haha. A little friendly competition is great, so I’m glad that this feature exists.

Q 4. What else keeps you motivated to stay fit?

Tenisha: Besides the obvious fact that working out makes me feel good about myself, I am mainly motivated to stay healthy to prevent disease. Exercise is medicine, it can correct posture, as well as alleviate and relieve pain from chronic disease.

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Q 5. Share a fun fitness tip or health ‘secret’ with us!

Tenisha: Stay active, and do small workouts throughout the day. For example, bike to the store instead of driving. Make your life an active one, one step at a time.

Thanks, Tenisha!

 

 

 

Want to follow Tenisha 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 Tenisha? Check out Skimble.com/trainers to learn more.

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Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Darlene Taylor

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Meet Darlene Taylor, one of Skimble’s featured Trainers!

She caught our eye because of her dedicated 15-year history of coaching people to become more active. After graduating from college with a B.S. in Health and Wellness including a minor in Coaching, Darlene began her coaching practice. When she’s not training clients, you may find her on Venice Beach serving herself a serious workout (she’s a 5x nationally-qualified bikini competitor). No excuses for this powerhouse!
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We sat down with Darlene Taylor to learn more about her favorite workouts, as well as what keeps her healthy and motivated in her daily fitness routine.

 

 

Q 1. What is your favorite type of workout right now?

Darlene: My favorite workouts at the moment are high intensity bootcamp style workouts, like what is in the Body Blast Bootcamp program in Workout Trainer. I like that I can do these workouts anywhere, at home, in the park or even when I’m traveling. I LOVE these workouts because I hit every muscle group for a great full body workout.

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Q 2. How does the Workout Trainer app help you as a fitness professional?

Darlene: Workout Trainer is great for my online clients! It’s helpful because the workouts range from no equipment to a variety of equipment, and some even include pilates/yoga poses. As a Verified Trainer I love that members can discover me and follow my updates, including tips and advice! Also, my clients have told me they feel encouraged and motivated by the online community within the app.

 

Q 3. What is your favorite feature in Workout Trainer?

Darlene: My favorite thing is to share motivational posts, like inspirational quotes, workout photos, and snaps of my healthy meal plans. It’s not just exercise you need to see results, food is a huge part of your plan to be healthy and even lose excess weight. It feels great when this fitness community gets inspired to eat healthy! I also love how I can create quick 5-minute workouts for people to try.

Q 4. What keeps you motivated to stay fit?

Darlene: For me, there are many reasons why I want to stay fit! Being healthy and fit makes me happy and gives me a lot of energy. I want to live a long and healthy life, look young, and prevent any chronic disease as best I can. Most importantly, I want to lead by example for my clients. I can’t preach it, and then not live by my own advice. That wouldn’t be right!

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Q 5. Share a secret fitness/health tip with us!

Darlene: My secret is to do what I love to do! The key is to start small, find a trainer, a training program, or maybe a class that you enjoy. If you prefer working out at home, you can use a fitness app like Workout Trainer to find workouts and engage with a supportive community. I always play my favorite music while working out to keep myself motivated. Baby steps lead to big results, so take it as slow as you need to, and always think long term!

I also like to create healthy versions my favorite meals, that way I can still enjoy the food I love, while keeping my healthy eating goals on track.

Thanks for sharing with us, Darlene, we’re excited to see what the future will bring for you and your coaching business!

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

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