Skimble’s Free Workout of the Week: Strength Training for Runners (by Trainer Danette Lane)

Designed to strengthen your core, hamstrings and hip flexors for more efficient running. Use a metronome to do your pogo hops to 180bpm. This is optimum cadence for running and will improve your pace. Perform all exercises as a circuit and begin again for three complete rounds.

This workout was created by Skimble Trainer: Danette Lane. 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: Strength Training for Runners by Danette LaneDo 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: 24 Carat Abs & Arms (by Trainer Deborah Keppler)

Knock out this upper body and abdominal workout and put your pinky fingers in the air!

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Workout Trainer by Skimble: Free Workout of the Week: 24 Carat Abs & Arms 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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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.

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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.

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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….

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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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Workout Trainer: How to Create Programs on the Web

Workout Trainer by Skimble: How to Create Programs on the Web

Creating training programs help trainers and fitness enthusiasts alike to organize their training schedule to fit in with their daily routine. Being organized is half the battle when embarking on a new fitness journey, so having a good structure in place is important to help you stick to your plan and achieve your goals faster. You can create your own custom training programs in the Workout Trainer app, and now you can also create programs on the web. Just head over to the Skimble website to start creating your first program from the comfort of your computer.

Select the Programs tab from the top header menu, then tap ‘Add New’ to get started. Here you can create custom training programs on our website the same way you would in the Workout Trainer app.

Workout Trainer: How to Create Programs on the Web

Start by selecting the language you want to use to create your program. We currently support localized versions of the app in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Come up with a creative name for your program, then write a description to summarize its purpose and select the difficulty of the program based on the average intensity of the workouts you’re using. Skip the Publishing and Privacy steps until you’re ready to go-live with your program.

Workout Trainer: How to Create Programs on the Web

Tap any day on the calendar to add a workout. You can search by name, category, popular workouts, or select one of your own created workouts. Choose the workout you want to include and it will be added to the calendar on the day you selected.

Workout Trainer: How to Create Programs on the Web

You can then tap on any workout scheduled on the calendar to replace, duplicate, or remove it. You can also add additional weeks to your program by tapping the gray button below the calendar.

Workout Trainer: How to Create Programs on the Web

When you’ve finished creating your custom training program, head back up to the top of the page to publish it. Select Public or Private from the drop-down menu before you save the program. We recommend creating private programs to send to your 1:1 training clients for their use only. This is a great marketing tool that can help you grow your online coaching business! You can also create public programs as teaser content to showcase on your profile and share with friends.

Workout Trainer: How to Create Programs on the Web

You can share your public programs on social media, or send private ones to clients directly on the web. Tap the blue Skimble Share button, select one of your clients, and hit send! Creating Programs is a PRO+ feature. Make sure you’ve completed at least one workout in the app first to be able to access program creation on our website. Verified Trainers with a PRO+ membership can create programs on the web right away, just submit your personal trainer certifications to get verified and start using our Trainer Tools to grow your business.

Workout Trainer: How to Create Programs on the Web

Try it out today! Create your first custom training program on the Skimble website and send it to your clients and friends in the Workout Trainer app on Android and iOS for the best multimedia experience!

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Workout Trainer: How to Create Workouts on the Web

Workout Trainer by Skimble: How to Create Workouts on the Web

Our Workout Trainer community spoke, and we’ve listened! Here’s a much sought-after feature that will benefit trainers and fitness enthusiasts alike. The Workout Trainer app gives you the ability to create content anywhere, anytime, but sometimes you just want to get behind your computer and smash out some workouts.

Did you know that you can now create workouts on the web? Head on over to the Skimble website and start creating your first workout from the comfort of your computer. Select the Workouts tab from the top header menu, then tap ‘Add New’ to get started. Here you can create workouts on our website the same way you would in the Workout Trainer app.

Workout Trainer: How to Create Workout on the Web

Start by selecting the language you want to use to create your workout. We currently support localized versions of the app in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Come up with a creative name for your workout and write a description to summarize its purpose. Next, select the difficulty of the workout based on the average intensity of the exercises you’re using. For now, skip the cover photo and publishing steps until you’re ready to go-live with your workout.

Workout Trainer: How to Create Workouts on the Web

Tap ‘Add a set’, then ‘Add an exercise’ to start creating your workout. Create your workout by adding a Set and fill it with the exercises you want. You can select moves from our extensive database just like you would in the Workout Trainer app. You can search by name, equipment, muscle group, popular exercises, or even incorporate any of the unique exercises you’ve created in the app. Select the exercise you want to include and set the playback options before tapping ‘Save’. Here you can choose the duration of each exercise or the number of reps you want to be performed.

Workout Trainer: How to Create Workouts on the Web

At the top of each exercise set, you can adjust the number of rounds, as well as delete, duplicate, and reorder them. Remember, you can add timed and rep-based exercises with custom playback options to any set. Copy, duplicate, and rearrange as you see fit until you’ve perfected your sweat session!

Workout Trainer: How to Create Workouts on the Web

When you’ve finished creating your workout, head back up to the top of the page to select a cover photo. Simply tap the gray square and you’ll be able to choose an image associated with one of the exercises you’ve included in your workout. When you’re ready, make sure the Published toggle is green and select Public or Private from the drop-down menu below. Create public workouts as teaser content to showcase on your trainer profile or member profile so potentials clients and friends can instantly access them. Create private workouts to send to your 1:1 training clients for their use only, or even for your own personal use. This is a great marketing tool that can help you grow your online coaching business!

Workout Trainer: How to Create Workouts on the Web

You can share your workouts on social media, or even send them to clients directly on the web. Simply tap the blue Skimble Share button, select one of your clients, and hit Send! Make sure you’ve completed at least one workout in the app first to be able to access workout creation on our website. Verified Trainers can create workouts on the web right away, just submit your personal trainer certifications to get verified and start using our Trainer Tools to grow your business.

Try it out today! Create your first workout on the Skimble website and play it in the Workout Trainer app for iOS and Android to get the best multimedia experience.

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Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Matt Miller

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Matt Miller

Meet Matt, Skimble‘s featured Trainer! This bodybuilder from Seattle has a passion for science and loves sharing his knowledge about health & fitness. We recently had the chance to chat with Matt Miller and learn more about his background, as well as his love for writing about this industry.

Tell us a bit about where you’re from?

Matt: I’m from Seattle, Washington. My background is diverse, I studied in college as both a business and science major, with an emphasis on biology and physiology on track to become a Medical Doctor. After school, I entered into the field of Real Estate and Development. I have always been very active in sports from childhood, playing soccer, tennis and running track. I have been working out since my early teens and got into bodybuilding after college.

What inspired you to become a personal trainer?

Matt: Simple, my passion for helping others live a more healthy active lifestyle. Also, I noticed so many people needing guidance when they tried to start a program. I would have people approach me often in the gym asking me how to get results or advise on techniques etc. I decided after training for a competition that I would really enjoy helping others on their fitness journey. When people have the proper instruction/tools and are taught how to use them, they have far more success in achieving their goals. I want to be the best fitness educator I can be!

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Matt Miller

What are your training specialties?

Matt: My training specialties are first Bodybuilding, most of my workouts are based upon Bodybuilding principals. My secondary specialties would be weight loss and general fitness. I like to learn as many training modalities as possible. I also like to incorporate, stretching, Pilates and Yoga into my practice. Having been a long distance runner I enjoy training clients for distance events like marathons too.

On your profile, you mentioned that you’re a Health & Fitness writer too. What kinds of things do you write about?

Matt: Yes, I truly enjoy researching and writing articles about fitness, my favorites are about nutrition, I guess that stems from my enjoying science. I also wrote and published an online magazine and blog about bodybuilding and fitness for several years. I really enjoyed interviewing athletes and fitness industry experts on a variety of topics.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Matt Miller

How did you first hear about Workout Trainer?

Matt: I read an article on a technology blog about how fitness apps were going to revolutionize the way people trained and came across Workout Trainer shortly after.

How do you use the app as a part of your personal life and/or coaching business?

Matt: I’ve found that it really helps me be more creative with my workouts as it provides a large variety of content to choose from. I can design and share workouts for my clients to do anywhere, at any time based upon their needs. It helps me track both my progress and my clients.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Matt Miller

What’s your favorite feature in the app?

Matt: That’s a difficult question, I like so many of them! I would say the 1:1 training feature, it provides me a streamlined way to keep track of my clients’ workouts and gives them the ability to ask questions without having to make an appointment. It makes my training so much more effective since the client can refer back and not be pressured by a clock.

What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

Matt: I would have to say I want to stay fit to stay active, life is so much better when you have the ability to do things that you like to do and having a fit body allows us to do that.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Matt Miller

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working out?

Matt: I really enjoy spending time with my family and I also like to spend my spare time outdoors. 

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

Matt: Set reasonable goals, and remember everyone had to start somewhere!

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

Matt Miller 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 2017 fitness goals.

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

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Try Online Personal Training for FREE with Workout Trainer

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Start a Free Trial of Online Personal TrainingWe have some exciting news for all Workout Trainer members! Now you can try out Online Personal Training without any hesitation. Experience first-hand what it’s like to get expert 1:1 coaching from a real online trainer, with no initial commitment. During the free trial period, you’ll have the chance to get to know your dedicated trainer, see if you like working together, and get started on the road to success. Don’t miss your chance to try it out — for FREE!Skimble's Personal Trainer Tools - app screenshotsWith over 35 specialties and counting, our certified fitness professionals are here to help you get in your best shape. Whether you’re keen on weight loss, strength training, body building, athletic performance, pre & postnatal, or even yoga,… let one of our dedicated coaches help you get the results you want without the guesswork!

To claim your free trial of Online Personal Training in Workout Trainer, tap ‘Available Trainers’ and browse the trainer directory to find your perfect match. To ‘try before you buy’ simply check that your chosen trainer’s profile displays a FREE TRIAL option, such as for 3 or 7 days, and Start 1:1 Online Training with them!Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal Training: Free TrialOnce you’ve made your choice, tap through to the trainer’s profile and select the green ‘Start 1:1 Online Training – Free Trial!’ button at the bottom of the screen. Find out exactly what to expect from your new training relationship and get started with a free trial. Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal Training: Free TrialEnjoy one free trial with a trainer and make the most of your time together to see if it’s a good fit. Don’t worry, there are no long-term commitments! You always have the option to cancel during the free trial period. Once the trial ends and you’re making progress towards your fitness goals, you will automatically continue your training relationship as a paying client.Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal Training: Free TrialAre you ready to get serious about your fitness goals? Online Personal Training gives you the flexibility and affordability you need to work out with a dedicated expert anywhere, anytime! Download Workout Trainer on Android & iOS and get started with an available coach today.

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