Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Heidi aka Desert Fox

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Meet Heidi, she’s a vibrant community member and dynamic certified personal trainer and yogi. While most know her on Skimble‘s Workout Trainer app as Desert Fox, Heidi’s energy is infection wherever we find her training. She focuses not only on the physical aspect of training but also on mental well-being. You can see her consistently creating, completing and sharing her workouts with a die-hard group of community members who often top the monthly leaderboards. We got a chance to chat with Heidi and learn about her background. Let’s jump right in.

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Tell us a bit about yourself – where are you from?

Heidi: I was born and raised in Europe, but spent much of my childhood living in Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, and Greece. Then I moved back to Europe, left for the United States, and later settled in the United Arab Emirates. I still commute between the US and Middle East, and have traveled 126 countries ’til today.

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What inspired you to become a trainer?

Heidi: After attaining several debilitating injuries, I was written off by the allopathic medical community as *permanently partially disabled* which led me into intense studies and certifications in homeo-naturopathic alternative healing modalities and I never looked back. My journey to self healing encouraged me to help others. Fitness has always been an integral part of my life, be it Equestrian Volting, Martial Arts (Muay Thai), Freediving, Skiing, Skydiving… anything to get my adrenaline going.

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Can you talk about your path to becoming a yogi?

Heidi: About 30 years ago I began visiting family in Tamil Nadu, India and discovered yoga for the first time. It was not until decades later that I fully immersed myself with Mysore-style Ashtanga. I usually spend one month out of the year in one of India’s Yoga Hubs (Rishikesh/Iyengar/Hatha/Kundalini/Ashtanga), Goa ( Hatha/Yin), Dharmshala (Tantra/Multi), Mysore (Ashtanga) or Kerala (Hatha/Mohenjo Daro-Shakti/ Ayurveda), as well as the Maldives (Yin). As an NASM trainer and a teacher in the aforementioned types of yoga & integrated modalities, I noticed the importance of form and posture, be it static or in movement, and decided to further my studies in Postural Corrective Therapies.

The Yin and Yang concept is definitely reflected in my training methods.

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We heard you’re quite the mountain athlete, too! Tell us about some of your outdoorsy adventures.

Heidi: Some of my mountaineering expeditions took me around the globe, from the unforgettable Himalaya ranges of Tibet, Nepal and Northern India, China’s Mt Huashan range, to South America’s Andes, American Rockies and European Alps. My last notable summit was Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro. A few months later I re-injured my already battered right leg on a night training climb for Mont Blanc Summit in the Italian Alps. Maybe I was just lucky but MMA (power/speed) & Yoga training (flexibility & balance) definitely helped me to avoid a free fall down the abyss.

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What are some important guidelines you stick to in your training?

Heidi: I always get in about 10 minutes of dynamic stretching prior to working out, followed by static stretching post-workout. Those are a must in my book! Stretching during longer rests while strength training benefits muscle growth and efficiency and shortens recovery. I also personally aim for at least 3 hours of yoga per week in addition to my weight/cardio training. For this very reason I rarely experience DOMS, despite a very intense training schedule.

Wow! Where do you find the time and space to do all of this?

Heidi: How do I find the time people often ask. For one, I’m off of social media. I am lucky enough not to need it to promote myself. Skimble is the only social media I therefore use as it is linked to productivity. These days I choose not to watch a favorite sitcom or movie, this is leisure time I do not have. I prefer being an eternal student. My Skimble Team “Wolverine”, however, was inspired by the Marvel character, as I believe everyone can find a “Super Hero” within themselves. In my free time I continue to study Holistic Health, Nutrition, and Detox methods. My social schedule is sparse, my nickname amongst friends is “Big Foot” as they rarely get to see me. I prefer solitude and nature after decades of living in the Emirates world of glitz and glam.

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What’s your favorite Workout Trainer feature?

Heidi: I appreciate Skimble’s Workout Trainer app as a valuable training tool wherever I’m at. I really love this app. I’m not just saying it, I actually use it about 5 – 6 days a week. I found Workout Trainer to be an invaluable training tool for everyone; beginner or serious athlete, client or coach, as it assists the user to stay goal-oriented and organized while having access to the newest training modalities and exercise variations. Being able to create your own workouts and add your own pictures and video are another great feature. Let’s not forget about the social aspect. You can learn tremendously from and get motivated by others on here, just by following the right people. I also love the integrated heart rate feature. After many years of logging over 22k workouts on this app, I have yet to find a better one.

Do you have any recommended training gear?

Heidi: My Go-To-Tools are Bands (TRX) and a lightweight yoga mat when traveling or when I find myself without gym access. They fit in every suitcase!

Got a secret health tip?

Heidi: What is worse than bad posture? The answer is: training with bad posture. If in doubt, choose good form and posture.

Moreover, I regularly detox and maintain optimal immunity by observing my ph levels. I also stay clear from pharmaceuticals. Mother Nature provides all I need. The result? I rarely get sick and have more vitality than when I was in my 30s.

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One more thing: do you have any role models?

Heidi: Since you asked, some of my personal heroes are Nikolai Tesla, Dr. Judy Mikovits, Dr. Robert Young, Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi, Sasha Latipova, to name a few of my favorite experts in the field of medical science and research.

There you have it! Heidi is your go-to guide and all-around inspiring human! Follow her to see what she’s doing and dishing out to stay motivated on this journey towards a healthier, fitter you.

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NEW: Track 70+ Sports Activities

Calling all sports enthusiasts and adventure seekers! Keep track of all your athletic pursuits and general sports shenanigans in one fitness app. The Workout Trainer app just got a serious upgrade that will make tracking your sports activities feel like a breeze.

With the latest Workout Trainer app update, not only can you play thousands of follow-along workouts but you can now conveniently track over 70 different sports activities all in one place. Whether you enjoy hiking, cycling, soccer, basketball, pickleball, paddleboarding, paragliding, power cheer, golf, or any other sport, we’ve got you covered! Let’s jump into the details of this exciting new feature.

Launch the latest Workout Trainer app update. Head to your Home / Dashboard and tap on the green ‘Track Activity’ button under your workout calendar.

Now, we know you like to be meticulous about your sports adventures, and we respect that. How long did you rock that activity? How far did you go? And let’s not forget STYLE. For each active pursuit, you can log how long you’ve spent exercising as well as other relevant details like distance traveled and the type / style of the activity (e.g. Trail Running, Ashtanga Yoga, Sport Climbing, Karate Martial Arts, Backcountry Skiing, etc.). You can jot down the calories burned and even add a note about your ‘sufferfest’ sesh. We want to hear all about it! It’s all part of your fitness journey, after all. Here’s an example of what you can track for skiing:

You can search for activities and as you track certain activities often, they will appear higher in the list of options for super quick access. If you’ve fallen behind, rest assured you can simply tap on your workout calendar > select the + ‘Log an Activity’ on a previous day and keep your training streak going.

Your friends will get updates about your adventures just like they do when you complete a workout in-app. So remember when friends cheered you on when you completed a challenging workout? Don’t forget to return the favor! Be generous with those ‘likes’ when you see your buddies conquering mountains, taming waves, or hitting birdies. We’re all in this together!

Grab that free app update of Workout Trainer and start tracking your all your sports activities in one spot. We’ll be there, cheering you on every step of the way.

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Skimble’s Free Workout of the Week: Fast Feet Challenge (by Coach Matt Vinzant)

This is a high intensity agility workout designed to improve your fitness and your ability to change direction.

Don’t forget to thank Skimble Coach Matt Vinzant for this awesome workout by giving it a like 👍Female Fitness Instructor working on improving her agility in this high intensity cardio workout.Crush your fitness goals with Skimble’s beginner to intense exercise and training videos. Download the free Workout Trainer app on your Android & Apple devices and play a follow-along workout today! If you’re new to Skimble’s Workout Trainer app, our ‘Workout of the Week’ challenges are a fun and fresh way to stay fit. Remember, if you want to be the first to know about new content drops, be sure to have your Workout Trainer notifications turned ON in the app. Follow certified personal trainers and other members of the community to stay motivated.

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Skimble’s Free Workout of the Week: Light Circuit (by Trainers Natilie & Shawn Wooldridge)

Try this total body beginner-friendly tabata workout. You’ll be doing 30 seconds on and 10 seconds off, four sets with a 1 minute rest in between. If you don’t have access to dumbbells, you can substitute with soup cans or water bottles. Have fun!

Don’t forget to thank Skimble Trainers Natilie & Shawn Wooldridge for this awesome workout by giving it a like 👍Male Personal Trainer holding a plank pose on a yoga mat as part of a beginner-friendly tabata workout.Crush your fitness goals with Skimble’s beginner to intense exercise and training videos. Download the free Workout Trainer app on your Android & Apple devices and play a follow-along workout today! If you’re new to Skimble’s Workout Trainer app, our ‘Workout of the Week’ challenges are a fun and fresh way to stay fit. Remember, if you want to be the first to know about new content drops, be sure to have your Workout Trainer notifications turned ON in the app. Follow certified personal trainers and other members of the community to stay motivated.

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Skimble’s Free Workout of the Week: Wake Up Muscles (by Trainer Frank Roodenburg)

This is a nice, casual warm-up / quick morning routine to help you start the day off right. It’s rep-based so feel free to log your reps and repeat regularly.

Don’t forget to thank Skimble Trainer Frank Roodenburg for this awesome workout by giving it a like 👍Female fitness instructor doing push-ups as part of a warm-up morning exercise routine.Crush your fitness goals with Skimble’s beginner to intense exercise and training videos. Download the free Workout Trainer app on your Android & Apple devices and play a follow-along workout today! If you’re new to Skimble’s Workout Trainer app, our ‘Workout of the Week’ challenges are a fun and fresh way to stay fit. Remember, if you want to be the first to know about new content drops, be sure to have your Workout Trainer notifications turned ON in the app. Follow certified personal trainers and other members of the community to stay motivated.

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Skimble’s Free Workout of the Week: Kettlebell Time (by Trainer Ömer Köseoğlu)

Choose a couple of kettlebell with weights that work for you. For instance, try using a light kettlebell: 6-8kg and a heavy kettlebell: 12-16-24kg. Let’s work on our upper body strength.

Don’t forget to thank Skimble Trainer Ömer Köseoğlu for this awesome workout by giving it a like 👍Male Personal Trainer doing Kettlebell Halos as part of an upper body workout.Crush your fitness goals with Skimble’s beginner to intense exercise and training videos. Download the free Workout Trainer app on your Android & Apple devices and play a follow-along workout today! If you’re new to Skimble’s Workout Trainer app, our ‘Workout of the Week’ challenges are a fun and fresh way to stay fit. Remember, if you want to be the first to know about new content drops, be sure to have your Workout Trainer notifications turned ON in the app. Follow certified personal trainers and other members of the community to stay motivated.

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Skimble’s Free Workout of the Week: Getting Back to Yoga (by Trainer Silvie Hibdon)

Early bird gets the worm and discipline makes for success! Use this yoga flow to get yourself back into your yoga practice. Remember to breathe slowly and deeply. Be patient with your progress. Remember how good you will feel once accomplished 🙂

Don’t forget to thank Skimble Trainer Silvie Hibdon for this awesome workout by giving it a like 👍Female Yoga Instructor doing Downward Facing Dog with Calf Stretches on a yoga mat.Crush your fitness goals with Skimble’s beginner to intense exercise and training videos. Download the free Workout Trainer app on your Android & Apple devices and play a follow-along workout today! If you’re new to Skimble’s Workout Trainer app, our ‘Workout of the Week’ challenges are a fun and fresh way to stay fit. Remember, if you want to be the first to know about new content drops, be sure to have your Workout Trainer notifications turned ON in the app. Follow certified personal trainers and other members of the community to stay motivated.

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Skimble’s Free Workout of the Week: Strength and Conditioning (by Trainer Darlene Taylor)

Grab your dumbbells and let’s do this 20-minute total body workout together.

Don’t forget to thank Skimble Trainer Darlene Taylor for this awesome workout by giving it a like 👍Male Personal Trainer doing Squats with Shoulder Press with a pair of moderate dumbbells.Crush your fitness goals with Skimble’s beginner to intense exercise and training videos. Download the free Workout Trainer app on your Android & Apple devices and play a follow-along workout today! If you’re new to Skimble’s Workout Trainer app, our ‘Workout of the Week’ challenges are a fun and fresh way to stay fit. Remember, if you want to be the first to know about new content drops, be sure to have your Workout Trainer notifications turned ON in the app. Follow certified personal trainers and other members of the community to stay motivated.

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Skimble’s Free Workout of the Week: Biceps, Triceps, Shoulders (by Trainer Jennifer Campbell)

An upper body session with a little core work added, as always 💪 You can swap out kettlebells for dumbbells is you’re light on equipment options.

Don’t forget to thank Skimble Trainer Jennifer Campbell for this awesome workout by giving it a like 👍Female Pilates Instructor doing Ball Reverse Crunches on an exercise ball.Crush your fitness goals with Skimble’s beginner to intense exercise and training videos. Download the free Workout Trainer app on your Android & Apple devices and play a follow-along workout today! If you’re new to Skimble’s Workout Trainer app, our ‘Workout of the Week’ challenges are a fun and fresh way to stay fit. Remember, if you want to be the first to know about new content drops, be sure to have your Workout Trainer notifications turned ON in the app. Follow certified personal trainers and other members of the community to stay motivated.

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Skimble’s Free Workout of the Week: Catch Me If You Can (by Coach Matt Vinzant)

This is a HIIT workout designed to push you into the red zone and test you mentally. Complete each round as fast as you can.

Don’t forget to thank Skimble Coach Matt Vinzant for this awesome workout by giving it a like 👍Female Fitness Instructor doing High Knees in a full body HIIT challenge.Crush your fitness goals with Skimble’s beginner to intense exercise and training videos. Download the free Workout Trainer app on your Android & Apple devices and play a follow-along workout today! If you’re new to Skimble’s Workout Trainer app, our ‘Workout of the Week’ challenges are a fun and fresh way to stay fit. Remember, if you want to be the first to know about new content drops, be sure to have your Workout Trainer notifications turned ON in the app. Follow certified personal trainers and other members of the community to stay motivated.

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