Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Monike Medina

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Monike MedinaMeet Monike Medina, Skimble‘s featured Trainer! Monike has her planning down to a tee and has proven to the world that there’s no room for excuses when it comes to your own health. She is an inspiration to hardworking moms everywhere, finding motivation in her family and community. We recently had the chance to chat with Monike and learn about how she juggles her family, work, and fitness commitments so elegantly.

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

Monike: About myself! I am an only child, raised by a single mom. I spent my childhood in Rowland Heights, California and moved to Claremont just before high school. Things were really tough for us growing up and my mom had to work hard to keep our family together. To stay out of trouble, I joined the basketball team during my freshmen year at Claremont High. I soon realized that ball sports were not for me! I am only 5″0 ft. and have two left feet. In my junior year, I discovered weightlifting and fell in love with it! I found out I was expecting my daughter at the end of my senior year so I put any further career plans on hold for a while.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Monike MedinaWhat inspired you to become a personal trainer?

Monike: Six years later, my husband was the one that inspired me to become a personal trainer. He saw how much I loved the gym and after hearing about my short-lived weightlifting career in high school he encouraged me to pursue this old passion of mine. I finally went back to school and signed up with NASM to get my CPT and FNS.

What are your training specialties?

Monike: My specialties are Fitness & Sports Nutrition and Weight Loss Transformation. I plan to pursue many other areas of training that will enable me to consistently grow as a trainer and help me coach a wide variety of people.

How do you juggle a full-time job, family, and still find time to pursue your passion to coach people?

Monike: Oh my… I do not even know really! I work as a full-time barber, I have three daughters and a son, but I still make time to work out three days a week. It’s what keeps me going! Most of my clients are on a similar schedule, so we meet on the weekend or when the kids are in school. At work, I use my down time to do some simple workouts to keep myself fit and create new plans for my clients.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Monike MedinaHow did you first hear about Workout Trainer?

Monike: I came across Workout Trainer on Instagram. I downloaded the app and saw how many different trainers use it. I tried it out for myself and then decided to send in my credentials to become an online trainer.

What’s your favorite feature in the app?

Monike: I love how the app helps me stay on track of my own fitness routine. Every Sunday, I plan out my workouts in the calendar to make sure I stick to my schedule and don’t skip any training days. I also enjoy the ability to connect with other busy working moms who I can relate to, it makes me feel like I’m not the only one cramming this much into a day.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Monike MedinaHow do you use Workout Trainer as a part of your coaching business?

Monike: I use the app to send new workouts to my clients. I realize how many other moms are busy like me, so it’s great to be able to share short effective workouts with them that they can complete during their downtime, wherever they are.

What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

Monike: As a woman, I definitely feel the motivation to look fit. But most importantly, I try to remind myself to stay fit for my health! Since I started meal planning and working out on a regular basis again, my health has improved so much in the last few years. My motivation is mainly driven by health benefits, as I want to be here for my children and husband in the long run.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Monike MedinaFinally, can you share a secret health/fitness tip with the Skimble community…

Monike: The best tip would have to be REST! I highly recommend to everyone that they remember to take a day for themselves on a regular basis. Stress can be the number one problem that leads to weight problems and all sorts of other issues. Whatever rest means for you, make the time to do it! You need to take care of yourself before you can take care of others.

Thanks for sharing with us, Monike, we’re excited to see what the future will bring for you and your training biz!

Monike Medina 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.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal TrainingWant to follow Monike and other great trainers? Download the Workout Trainer app for Android & iOS, then head on over to the Trainers tab.

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

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Skimble’s Free Workout of the Week: Full Body Burn (by Trainer Sandy Melton)

Here is a quick full body workout to get your heart pumping and your body in shape. It’s great for when you’re short on time!

This workout was created by Skimble Trainer: Sandy Melton. She is currently accepting new clients for Online Personal Training, so head on over to her profile in Workout Trainer and tap ‘Start 1:1 Training’ to get help from a dedicated expert.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Free Workout of the Week: Full Body Burn by Sandy MeltonDo 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: Mark Boyd

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Mark Boyd

Meet Mark Boyd, Skimble‘s featured Trainer! Our first trainer from Northern Ireland is helping his clients smash their goals near and far. We recently had the chance to chat with Mark and learn about his training specialties, some insider tricks of the trade, and how he focuses on helping his clients sustain their goals in the long run.

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

Mark: Hi Skimblers! My name is Mark and I’m from Northern Ireland. I was born and raised there but lived in Scotland for seven years when I played some junior football at a pretty good level.

What inspired you to become a personal trainer?

Mark: I’ve been in the gym scene since an early age because my dad and older brother did some bodybuilding back in the day. I would see a lot of people on gym floors with very little knowledge of what to do, so I’ve always been keen to learn and be able to help people in any way I can.

What are your training specialties?

Mark: Mainly fat loss and conditioning. The two go hand-in-hand, there’s no doubt about that! It’s not only important to help clients lose their desired weight but also to retain their goals over time.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Mark Boyd

What’s your favorite feature in Workout Trainer?

Mark: The workout creation tools are great! Being able to build personalized workouts for online clients is essential and it’s a key element for them to have audio and visual guidance when they are not working with their trainer face-to-face.

How do you use Workout Trainer as a part of your coaching business?

Mark: I use the app to coach a couple of online clients at the moment. I build their training plan based on their individual goals and we work together online to make sure they stick to the schedule and progress at the right pace.

In your experience, what are some of the benefits of online training?

Mark: Online clients have the benefit of doing their workouts in their own time. I have a few clients who don’t like going to the gym, so online coaching gives me the opportunity to create a full body training plan that can be done at home in their own time. Also, working with a remote personal trainer is usually more cost-effective for the client and can lead to the same effective results as in-person training. 

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Mark Boyd

What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

Mark: I’ve always kept myself fit, it’s just who I am! Although now as a personal trainer, it’s a sort of a cliche that you also have to be in shape to set a good example for your clients.

Finally, can you share a secret health/fitness tip with the Skimble community…

Mark: It’s not really a secret, but a way I like to work is when I’m planning my workouts I always add in two days of cardio with three days of weights. I personally feel like it’s a good way to mix things up in a client’s training plan and at the same time it keeps them interested and motivated as they get further into their transformation. Also, during weeks 4/8/12 I always do a conditioning week to help establish their new routine!

Thanks for sharing with us, Mark, we’re excited to see what the future will bring for you and your training biz!

Mark Boyd 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.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal TrainingWant to follow Mark and other great trainers? Download the Workout Trainer app for Android & iOS, then head on over to the Trainers tab.

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

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Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Farrice Cain

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Farrice Cain

Meet Farrice Cain, Skimble‘s featured Trainer! With over 10 years of experience in the fitness space, this guy means business. We recently had the chance to chat with Farrice and learn more about his passion for helping others discover their self-worth and happiness.

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

Farrice: I’m originally from Chicago and just recently moved to Los Angeles. I’ve been a Health and Fitness Professional for over 10 years now and hold multiple highly recognized specializations.

What inspired you to become a personal trainer?

Farrice: I was bullied throughout high school and needed an outlet to deal with it. I figured out that if I worked on myself and worried about my own health and happiness first, life would follow suit. Now, I just want to help and give back to others so they can find their happiness too.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Farrice CainWhat are your training specialties?

Farrice: I ‘m certified as a Corrective Exercise Specialist, Performance Exercise Specialist, Behavior Change Specialist and a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach. I pride myself on designing and creating well-rounded programs that effectively help people achieve their health and fitness goals.

Why did you decide to certify with NASM?

Farrice: I got certified with NASM because they are one of the most recognized bodies in the Health and Fitness Industry. They hold a high standard that needs to be met to become a NASM trainer.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Farrice CainHow did you first hear about Workout Trainer?

Farrice: I first heard about Workout Trainer through the App Store on my phone. I was looking for something I could use, or my clients could use to have access to workouts (and to my guidance) on the go.

What’s your favorite feature in the app?

Farrice: My favorite feature in the app is the exercise library. There are endless amounts of great movements for clients and members to practice. Plus, trainers can create programs with ease as well.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Farrice CainHow do you use Workout Trainer as a part of your coaching business?

Farrice: I use Workout trainer in order to help my clients stay accountable to complete their programs and workouts. I can check to see if they did the assigned workout for the day, which keeps them on track to reaching their health and fitness goals in the desired timeframe.

In your experience, what are some of the benefits of online training?

Farrice: One of the main benefits of Online Personal Training is that you have the ability to reach a larger audience and help train more clients than you could if you were only working in-person.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Farrice Cain

What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

Farrice: Simple, what keeps me fit is my love for health and fitness! Besides all the great benefits you gain from good health, I’m motivated to give back and help as many others as I can.

Finally, can you share a secret health/fitness tip with the Skimble community…

Farrice: I have many tips to share with the Skimble community… but the one I’ll leave you with right now is this. The path to health and happiness is a journey and a process, not an end goal that you achieve and stop once you’ve reached it. So start where you are, anything is better than nothing! It’s as easy as adding a 30 min walk to your daily routine to start feeling the benefits of a healthier lifestyle. 

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

Farrice Cain 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.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal TrainingWant to follow Farrice and other great trainers? Download the Workout Trainer app for Android & iOS, then head on over to the Trainers tab.

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

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Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Sarah Fisher

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Sarah Fisher

Meet Sarah Fisher, Skimble‘s featured Trainer! This mom of three is a force to be reckoned with. We recently had the chance to chat with Sarah and learn more about how she discovered the CrossFit methodology to challenge her clients both physically and mentally.

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

Sarah: I’m a 35-year-old Personal Trainer and CrossFit Trainer from Birmingham, United Kingdom. I used to be a seamstress and made a big career change to the fitness industry about four years ago.

What inspired you to become a personal trainer?

Sarah: I started exercising after having children and discovered that I had a real passion for it. My body changed and I started to achieve things I never thought I could. One day I was helping someone in the gym, trying to do a push-up for the first time. It ended with them completing their first ever proper push-up and the look on their face was priceless. It was then that I knew I wanted to become a trainer and help others on their fitness journey to achieve their goals.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Sarah Fisher

What are your training specialties?

Sarah: I love training my clients using the CrossFit methodology. I believe that this method of high-intensity training yields the best results. Not only do my clients get fit and healthy, but they also get strong both physically and mentally. I specialize in Olympic Lifting and running too, which go hand-in-hand with CrossFit training and keep things varied for everyone involved.

How did you get involved in CrossFit?

Sarah: I started my training journey as a distance runner, completing many half marathons and several full marathons. I wanted to add some resistance training to my programming to combat the usual running injuries but became bored with regular gym stuff. After some online research, I discovered CrossFit. It was exactly what I’d been looking for! The variety of monostructural exercises, gymnastics and weightlifting movements combined made my training plan so varied that I never got bored. I started training with a CrossFit trainer at my local gym and soon after that entered my first competition. That was four years ago and I’ve never looked back.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Sarah Fisher

How did you first hear about Workout Trainer?

Sarah: I came across Workout Trainer about five years ago when I was training for a marathon and was looking for some cross training sessions that I could do outside of running.

What’s your favorite feature in the app?

Sarah: I love the workout creation feature. The exercise database is so comprehensive and gives me new ideas that I wouldn’t have thought of previously. It also gives me the opportunity to share the workouts I’ve been doing with members of the community, which I really love.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Sarah Fisher

How do you use Workout Trainer as a part of your coaching business?

Sarah: Since joining as an online trainer, I have added existing clients to my account. I now send them daily workouts and check that they have been completed. It’s great for my clients as it gives them a little extra push to get up and move outside of our in-person sessions.

In your experience, what are some of the benefits of online training?

Sarah: Online Personal Training is great for people who don’t have the time to get to the gym. As a mother of three myself, I know how difficult I found it when my children were very young. Having an online trainer takes the headache out of searching the internet for a home program and ensures that the program provided is specific to the client’s needs.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Sarah Fisher

What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

Sarah: I think the human body is an amazing machine! I enjoy testing and pushing it to new levels. There’s nothing better for me than seeing strength numbers go up and mile times come down. I believe that training is beneficial not only on a physical level, but it’s also great for mental health. I still want to be able to run around when I have grandchildren, so keeping fit and healthy is also very important to me for this reason.

Finally, can you share a secret health/fitness tip with the Skimble community…

Sarah: Never neglect your mobility work! It may seem boring to be stretching and foam rolling after your sweaty gym session, but in the long run, the benefits are fantastic. Keep injuries away with just ten minutes of foam rolling and stretching every day 🙂

Thanks for sharing with us, Sarah, we’re excited to see what the future will bring for you and your CrossFit career!

Sarah Fisher 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 2017 fitness goals.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal TrainingWant to follow Sarah and other great trainers? Download the Workout Trainer app for Android & iOS, then head on over to the Trainers tab.

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

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Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Hanna Aakjaer

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Hanna Aakjaer

Meet Hanna, Skimble‘s featured Trainer! Changing people’s attitude towards fitness one client at a time, this Swedish-based trainer takes fitness to a whole new level. We recently had the chance to chat with Hanna Aakjaer and learn more about how she fell upon this career path and has never looked back.

Tell us a bit about your background.

Hanna: I’m originally from Portland, Oregon, but started training when I was living in Northern California. I have a sports background that started out with gymnastics and have tried just about everything from dance to rowing since then! I have a degree in biochemistry from the University of Oregon and am currently doing my Ph.D. in Biophysics in Gothenburg, Sweden. I’m all about the scientific background behind health and fitness – I believe that having a true understanding of how and why our bodies move the way they do leads to better and faster results – so yeah, science is my jam 🙂

Since you’ve been living in Sweden, how do you stay active during the winter months?

Hanna: Great question! Luckily, where I live in Sweden it doesn’t get super cold. But with snow and ice, it certainly makes running and outdoor workouts a bit more challenging. I always do a lot more hot yoga, indoor rock climbing, and sign up for fun gym classes during those times. I love to use the winter months as an excuse to try new activities – for example, this winter I started Muay Thai. It’s such a great workout, both physically and mentally!

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Hanna Aakjaer

What inspired you to become a personal trainer?

Hanna: Gosh, how much time do you have? I think the moment that it really ‘clicked’ for me was the first time I led a fitness class. I was doing it as a volunteer for a sports group I was part of and had just put together a fun workout for us all to do together, but as the leader I took the role of motivating and making sure everyone was doing the exercises correctly. I have no words to describe the sheer joy and fulfillment I felt after finishing the class and seeing all these exhausted participants smiling ear-to-ear. So proud of what they had accomplished, and simultaneously so happy and hopped up on endorphins. Knowing that I had contributed to this incredible feeling I knew they were experiencing – I walked home that evening feeling like I had unlocked the secret to never having to work a day in my life. From then on, I’ve had that same feeling of pure joy every time I train a client or lead a class. What really drives me is helping those that don’t naturally think they enjoy fitness, to find their joy and happiness in movement – no matter what form that may take (it’s SO different for all of us!).

What’s your favorite thing about being a personal trainer?

Hanna: Watching a client achieve a goal that they initially told me they couldn’t, and seeing the incredible end results of hard work and dedication. That’s what it’s all about for me.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Hanna Aakjaer

What are your training specialties?

Hanna: I have a specialty certification in Corrective Exercise and the Functional Movement Screen. I really love to get creative and personal with workouts so every level can enjoy fitness and get the results they are looking for. I also specialize in women’s fitness – building strength and toning workouts specifically for women.

How did you first hear about Workout Trainer?

Hanna: A client of mine here in Sweden said he had tried it and enjoyed using it, he wanted me to be a trainer in Workout Trainer so I signed up right away 🙂

What’s your favorite feature in the app?

Hanna: The free workouts and video library are so extensive! It’s really easy to find a fun workout for the day – there is just no excuse not to get in some movement each day when you have this app.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Hanna Aakjaer

What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

Hanna: The feeling that my body can do everything I need it to keeps me motivated. To me, there’s nothing better than waking up every morning with energy, a smile, and no pain in my body… Maintaining fitness & strength, daily movement, and healthy eating habits are how I make sure I feel that way every day.

What’s your favorite kind of exercise?

Hanna: Woah, no, I can’t answer that! All of it! I’ll give you my top 5: running, metabolic resistance training, Muay Thai/Thai boxing, biking, hot yoga, and hiking. Ok, that was 6….

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Hanna Aakjaer

Finally, can you share a secret health/fitness tip with the Skimble community…

Hanna: It’s not all about what you do, it’s about how consistent you are. You don’t need the absolute perfect workout to achieve your goals, just a consistent program that continuously challenges you. In my experience, a motivational buddy or coach is the #1 way to stay consistent. Like on those days when all you want to do is go home after work and plop down on the couch – having someone there to say “Hey – just move for 15 minutes first and see how you feel afterward.” – is exactly the kind of motivation you need in your life!

Thanks for sharing with us, Hanna, we’re excited to see what the future will bring for you and your fitness career!

Hanna Aakjaer 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 2017 fitness goals.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal TrainingWant to follow Hanna and other great trainers? Download the Workout Trainer app for Android & iOS, then head on over to the Trainers tab.

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

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Skimble’s Free Workout of the Week: Bodyweight Triple (By Trainer Deborah Keppler)

This is a great lower body workout you can do anywhere, anytime! You don’t need any equipment for this one, just a positive mindset to get the adrenaline pumping.

This workout was created by Skimble Trainer: Deborah Keppler. She is currently accepting new clients for Online Personal Training, so head on over to her profile in Workout Trainer and tap ‘Start 1:1 Training’ to get help from a dedicated expert.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Free Workout of the Week: Bodyweight Triple by Deborah KepplerDo 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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