Skimble Member Spotlight: MykaL Leal

Meet Mykal Leal, our Skimble Member Spotlight! MykaL has been using Workout Trainer for almost a year and we don’t have to tell you about his amazing transformation– we can show you!  Not only has he had personal victory, but this native Alaskan has been motivating the community around him to join in his fitness journey. He’s already created several workouts, such as Power of 10, that are super intense and will keep you sore for days!  Check out how MykaL’s past year has been, and what he has to look forward to in the future.  

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What was your motivation to start working out?

My motivation was my family, especially my only child, my son Joaquin. I want to be around and healthy for as long as possible so that I can continue to have fun and play with him each and every day. I never wanted my being fat to ever get in the way of that.

What your fitness goal for 2013?

My fitness goal for 2013 is to drop to at least 15% body fat and to weigh 175-185. I am currently 25% body fat and at 210lbs.

What’s your favorite thing about Skimble?  

My favorite thing about Skimble is how easy it is to follow all the workouts! Plus I love being able to create my own training sessions and keeping in touch with others on the site with similar stories as my own.

What’s your workout mantra (or your favorite inspirational quote)?

 “DO WORK!!!”

Who is your fitness icon?

My fitness icon is my dad, Leon. He’s in his 50’s but looks like he’s in his 30’s and in great shape because he hits the gym several times a week. My famous fitness icon has got to be The Rock!

Check out these amazing before and after photos of Mykal! 

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Anything you want to tell our Skimblers?

I hope I can reach many of you out there with my story. I lost 60lbs in 5 months and I’m still going strong. I have degenerative arthritis on both ankles, one surgery on my right knee, asthma, I am a full-time parent, and a full-time school district security guard. If I can “DO WORK!” and get in shape with Skimble, then anyone can!

Also I really would like to thank my wife Carmina for all her support through my weight loss process. 

We at Skimble HQ get psyched when we find out that our members are going out and challenging themselves.  If you are planning to participate in some sort of challenging event, and are using the Workout Trainer & GPS Sports Tracker apps to help you train, we’d love to spotlight you!  Please send us an email to trainers@skimble.com if you’re interested.  

Skimble Member Spotlight: Gilbert Rod

This week we’d like to introduce you to Gilbert Rod, this week’s Skimble Member Spotlight! Gilbert has been using Workout Trainer for just six months and has already seen great progress and results!  We were lucky enough to snag some time with him to ask him about his Skimble experience:

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What was your starting point versus your current fitness status?

When I was younger I was told that I was too thin and I needed to fatten up. I took this to heart and ate as much food as I could without realizing what I was doing to myself. Four months ago, looking in the mirror, and shortness of breath doing simple tasks, woke me up! I needed to change. No more junk food, I increased intake of fruit and vegetables, I drink water everyday, and of course exercise with the help from Skimble. I now have the motivation and desire to be healthy and live healthily.

Before joining Skimble I was 223.5 lbs, no energy, and unhappy with my appearance. After joining Skimble I’ve lost over 10 lbs in body fat and 2 inches of my waist. I’m growing stronger, and energy and endurance has also increased. I’ve seen a change in my appearance which makes me extremely happy.

What your next fitness goal?

I desire to be healthy and strong and be an encouragement to friends and family. Next year I would like to help support Relay for Life during its walkathon in my local area. I have a co-worker whose grandmother passed away last year due to cancer and I wanted to walk in the relay but was unfit to do so.

What’s your favorite thing about Skimble?  

The support from other Skimblers who are on their journey to living healthy, we encourage each other to press on and reach our goals. I also enjoy the variety of workouts that are created by Skimblers.

Whats a random fact about you!

I’ve been told I have a radio announcer’s voice. 

Who is your fitness icon?

Everyone who has triumphed over poor health conditions and beat the odds when they were told they would never survive.

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Thanks so much for chatting with us, Gilbert!  Relay for Life is an excellent cause, and we know you’ll be ready to go in 2013!

We at Skimble HQ get psyched when we find out that our members are going out and challenging themselves.  If you are planning to participate in some sort of challenging event, and are using the Workout Trainer & GPS Sports Tracker apps to help you train, we’d love to spotlight you!  Please send us an email to trainers@skimble.com if you’re interested.  

Workout of the Week: Abs Attack!

This is a quick core workout designed to attack your upper and outer ab layers (rectus abdominus & external obliques). If you challenge yourself to do at least 5 reps of each core exercise, you will have completed over 150 core contraptions in 15 min — totally doable! Remember to exhale as you contract your ab muscles during each rep.

No equipment needed, either, but you may want an exercise mat to protect your back and toosh! 

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Skimble Member Spotlight: Rich Xiong

This week we’d like to introduce you to Rich Xiong, this week’s Skimble Member Spotlight! Rich has been with us since May and uses Skimble’s Workout Trainer to supplement his already active lifestyle.  We noticed Rich because he wrote an awesome blogpost about us, and we wanted to hear more about his Skimble experience:

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What was your starting point versus your current fitness status?

After my old back injury bounced back a couple of years ago, I maxed out at 74 kg (for 1.68 m of height), and since then I’ve been constantly finding ways to get lighter and lower body fat while recovering. Mostly it’s been futile at best, but recently I’ve been getting on track, weighing 60 kg as of now (down from 68 kg just 2 months ago) and I’ve been feeling more hopeful and energetic after using Skimble. 

What’s your fitness/health resolution for 2013?

My new year’s fitness resolution would be to keep the current weight (allowing +/- 2 kg), and to work out more regularly towards building lean muscles, and of course also cultivate very disciplined dietary habits. 

What’s your favorite thing about Skimble?  

Skimble makes it possible to easily learn and execute a huge variety of workouts at home at our own comfort. The best part is that the app is FREE and even the Pro access is a way more viable option than a gym membership + personal trainer. 

Who is your fitness icon?

Mainly because I love dancing a lot, my fitness idol is South Korean popstar Jay Park. Also because he is about the same height as me and has the type of physique to which I am working towards – lean, muscular and proportionate. 

Fun/random fact about you!

As much as I am obsessed with fitness and body image, I can eat 3x my normal portion of meal when I feel like it. I am doing my best to not feel like “it” ever again.  

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We really appreciate both your sweet review of us and for taking the time out to answer some of our questions.  Best of luck with your New Years resolutions, and we hope you stay active in 2013!

We at Skimble HQ get psyched when we find out that our members are going out and challenging themselves.  If you are planning to participate in some sort of challenging event, and are using the Workout Trainer & GPS Sports Tracker apps to help you train, we’d love to spotlight you!  Please send us an email to trainers@skimble.com if you’re interested.  

Workout of the Week: Core the Pilates Way

After last week’s intense strengthening workout, take 15 minutes and open your mind to a leaner core!

This Pilates-inspired workout conditions your abs in a unique way, keeping your muscles long and lean without that pesky bulkiness. Just get an exercise mat set up and feel free to skip the running shoes, because this workout doesn’t require a single piece of equipment except your awesome psych!

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Happy 2013! Skimble’s Workout Trainer featured in Google’s New Year video with Cookie Monster.

Happy 2013, Skimblers.  We’re here to help everyone get in shape this year with apps like Workout Trainer and Fitness Flow…even the Cookie Monster!  On that note, we thought you might like Google‘s playful New Year video, which recommends downloading our Workout Trainer app for Android to get and stay fit!  See us featured at the 22 second mark:

Workout of the Week: Wall Sit or Slack Challenge

How much is too much? We’re not talking about your dose of egg nog. We’re referring to this end-of-year challenge!

It’s not long but if you factor in your holiday cheesecake and the fact that you will do a wall sit with one leg, this workout is clearly NOT meant for SLACKERS. Good luck…and if you can’t finish, add a note about your stop time and ‘save to calendar’ so you can revisit in 2013!

Happy New Year from Team Skimble! 

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