Recent Posts by Jason B.

22 Posts
Jun 14, 2014 4:29pm

Pro Members Only / Feature Request: Workout links in Calendar entries should open workout in app, not browser

For details on how to modify the AndroidManifest.xml file to handle this:

22 Posts
Jun 14, 2014 4:25pm

Pro Members Only / Feature Request: Workout links in Calendar entries should open workout in app, not browser

I use and love the "Schedule this workout" feature on the Android Workout Trainer App. Unfortnutely, the links that are inserted into those calendar entries:

when clicked from the stock Android calendar app open in the browser. Is there any way to have them open directly in the app instead?

Other apps seem to have solved this problem - links open in the YT app, Spotify links open in the Spotify app, etc.


22 Posts
Jul 10, 2013 3:10am

Welcome Wagon / When do u...the people think is the best time 2 workout?

The best time to work out is:

The time of day that you can workout consistently, on a regular basis, for the rest of your life.

The time of day you choose is nowhere near as important as choosing a time of day that will work for you - your life, job, schedule - so that you'll still be working out 10 years from now.

22 Posts
Jul 7, 2013 11:38pm

Motivation & Support / Workout songs

You can view my entire playlist here on Google Music:

A few highlights include:

  • Bon, Bon by Pitbull
  • The Crystal Cat by Dan Deacon
  • I Love it by Icona Pop
  • Gaucha by Frikstailers



22 Posts
Jul 4, 2013 4:07pm

Motivation & Support / Came to the realization.

Everything you want to achieve is possible - and here is proof:

Me 5 years ago:

  • 5 feet, 6 inches tall
  • 205 pounds
  • 35% bodyfat

Me today, at age 42:

04 Jul
Good job damn
22 Posts
Jul 4, 2013 7:58am
via Android

Feedback / Suggestion Box

Would it be possible to add a feature that would allow me to make a copy of one of the workouts I've already created?

There are times when I would only like to make small changes to an existing workout without having to re-create the entire workout from scratch. So the ability to create a copy of one of my workouts would be very convenient.

02 Aug
Hi Jason, we've got this feature already, actually! Just click on the workout you'd like to edit, then click on the icon in the upper right hand corner (three dots arranged vertically). There you'll see the Edit Workout option.
02 Aug
I know that I can edit other people's workouts, saving the copy as my own. But what I would like to do is to make a copy of a workout that I myself created...and save it under a new name. Does that make sense?
22 Posts
Jul 4, 2013 2:21am

Motivation & Support / Insanity!!!

The only "right" exercise program is the one that you will do 3-5 times a week for the rest of your life. 

If you hate it, it will eventually fail that test.

Instead, look for High Intensity Interval Training programs, for both cardio (heart) health and strength (all your other muscles) health. HIIT programs have been shown to be just as effective, are easing to make time for, and are generally quite fun.

Here are a few good examples you should try:

04 Jul
Yh i love hit programmes and really like all the workouts ive done on this app so far!! I think i will stick to the app and hiit for a while and then fo back to insanity to try again the dvd isnt going any where is it!
04 Jul
Good decision :-) Message me if you need suggestions on other workouts. Always happy to help.
22 Posts
Jul 4, 2013 2:16am

Diet & Nutrition / Organic

"Organic" - as defined by the US Department of Agriculture - is a method of farming that does not allow the use of chemical fertilizers, chemical herbicides (to kill weeds), or chemical pesticides (to kill bugs and insects).

Organic farmers instead use natural products, such as manure, to fertilize their crops. 

Although the US Department of Agriculture insists that the chemicals used by non-organic farmers do not pose any human health concerns, there are certainly many people who buy only organic products in order to reduce or avoid exposure to those chemicals.

So to answer you question about "Are they good" - the answer is: Yes, they are just as good as non-organic products.

"Are they clean?" - Yes, mostly. They will have much less chemical pesticide and herbicide on them compared to non-organic products.

"Are they healthy?" - Yes, they are just as healthy as non-organic products. In a few cases, organic products may be very slightly more healthy (contain more vitamins or minerals) than non-organic, but the difference is very small.

Ultimately, the choice comes down primarily to price. If you have to choose between eating a small amount of organic vegetables vs. eating non-organic because non-organic is less expensive, you should buy the less expensive non-organic...and eat more of them!


22 Posts
Jun 30, 2013 4:04pm

Weight Loss / Time

And yes, I have the abs to prove it :-)

22 Posts
Jun 30, 2013 4:01pm

Weight Loss / Time

A good rule of thumb to follow if your primary goal is to reduce your level of body fat:

  • 80% of the problem is how much and what you eat
  • 10% of the problem is exercise
  • 10% of the problem is sleep and stress reduction

So don't count on being able to "exercise your way to skinny" - for most people, that is almost impossible. If you're serious about making a real lifestyle change to something sustainable over the long team, you should read "The New Metabolic Effect Diet". It is a science-based approach that is easy to understand and easy to follow.

22 Posts
Jun 30, 2013 3:08pm

Welcome Wagon / Any tips? I'm new to this.

Good for you Grayson!

I just answered a very similar question for another new Skimble user - I think you'll also find it useful.

"I just started! Help!"

Just remember - exercise is best for increasing strength and fitness, changing how you eat is required for reducing body fat.


22 Posts
Jun 30, 2013 2:46pm

Motivation & Support / Losing body fat. Help?

Although I don't want to rain on your parade, you need to keep two very important principles in mind:

  • Exercise is awesome for building and strengthening muscle - both cardiac (heart) and skeletal (biceps, triceps, etc.). 
  • Changing what you eat - not going on a temporary crash diet - is awesome for reducing body fat.

Most good personal trainers will tell you that fat loss is:

  • 80% about the amount and type of food you eat
  • 10% the result of exercise
  • 10% the result of better sleep and stress reduction

If your goal is to primarily reduce body fat, you need to change your food lifesytle. One excellent book that takes into account all of the most modern research is "The New Metabolic Effect Diet".

To go along with the change in how you eat, a great way to improve your overall fitness is to use High Intensity Interval Training (called HIIT) workouts, 2-3 times per week.

A few good examples on Skimble are:

You can also search Skimble for "cardio hiit" to find more. If you don't believe me, here are my abs as proof:

22 Posts
Jun 29, 2013 3:25am

Ask the Pros / Cardio with limited time?


Here are a few routines to get you started - they require no equipment, can be done in your home, and will definitely help you to improve your general fitness - gain overall strenth and strengthen your heart too.

The Belly Fat Blaster:

Aerobic Burpees:

Burpee Jack Mountain Kettle:

In any workout that calls for a kettlebell, you can use your single dumbbell as a substitute - or even somthing simpler like a plastic milk jug filled with water (about 8 pounds).

22 Posts
Jun 28, 2013 2:16am

Ask the Pros / Exercises to do with sore shoulder?

Any workout that focuses on core and legs should do the trick.

Here are two two look promising:

Take a look  - none of the involve direct shoulder exercises. The worst is a jumping jack.

05 Sep
I have the same problem. But dont you think planks put a load on the shoulders?
05 Sep
Yes, but most people (big caveat) that have should problems have shoulder mobility and movement problems. With planks the shoulders don't really move. But you're right, planks may aggravate an existing shoulder injury.
22 Posts
Jun 28, 2013 1:53am

Ask the Pros / Calories burned specifically tabata

Keep in mind that the Tabata protocol, and any High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout, are not necessarily designed to generate maximum calorie consumption.

The purpose of any HIIT/Tabata cardio program is to improve your cardiac - or heart - health. A good workout will bring your heart to the point of exhaustion before your other muscles reach their point of exhaustion. You know when your heart has reached a point of exhaustion when you are gasping for breath and your chest is pounding. That is why the Tabata protocol is 20 seconds of all-out effort, followed by 10 seconds of rest. Repeated 8 times.

This approach has been shown to very effectively improve real health measures - lower heart rate, lower blood pressure, and to reduce the likelyhood of a variety of diseases.

For additional background on what HITT is all about, see my other post on the topic.

If your primary goal is to create a large calorie defecit, the easiest way to do that is through diet: Eat less stuff.

22 Posts
Jun 26, 2013 1:52am

Ask the Pros / Is it okay to do HiiT training every day?

Listen to Tom, he knows of what he speaks.

I do HIIT Cardio 3 days a week, and strength training 3 days a week.

An example of a solid bodywieght-only (you can do it at home without dumbbells) workout is this one:

And another that looks promising:


22 Posts
Jun 24, 2013 12:45am

Diet & Nutrition / Vegan recipes for no-cook protein bars and protein crumble

Yes, it is possible to be vegan, build muscle and have well defined abs! Although it's not hard to get enough protien as a vegan, you often have to eat lots of stuff you may not want - fats, sugars and simple carbs - in order to get it.

I've been vegan for about 2 years now, and I rely on a protein powder mix composed of pea, rice, hemp and potato protein extract that I order from I just posted a video showing how I use this protein powder to make no-cook protein bars and a seasoned protein crumble that I use with steamed veggies every day.

If you're interested in creative ways to use non-animal protein in your diet - watch the video.

You can see the results here:

22 Posts
Jun 20, 2013 3:06am

Suggestions & Ideas / Feature Request: "Save a copy as..." for workouts

After I've created a workout, I often would like to make a copy so that I can just change a few things, such as:

  • Swap a few exercises
  • Change the order
  • Increase/decrease durations

But I want to leave the original workout "as is". It would be great to be able add an option just beneath the "Edit Workout" menu entry called "Save a copy as..." and then let me give the copy a new name and edit it.

02 Aug
Hi Jason, thanks for the suggestion! It's been added to the Feature Request list for you.
22 Posts
Jun 20, 2013 3:03am

Suggestions & Ideas / Support background audio playback with Google Play Music app

Good news!

With the latest update, this problem is now gone. Works great on my Galaxy Nexus with Google Play Music.

Thank you, Development Team!

22 Posts
Jun 18, 2013 2:27am

Workouts and Programs / What HIIT cardio is all about

Thanks Bryan.

Hopefully, this will help clarify why HIIT cardio is healthy - it makes your heart stronger. If you're doing it right, you should see two significiant results after a while.

  • Lower resting heart rate
  • Lower blood pressure

Like with any exercise routine, you won't see immediate impact. But that's what HIIT cardio is all about.

If what you really want is to "lose weight" - which actually means to reduce your percent of bodyfat - you probably need to first focus on your diet. What you eat and how much you eat has a vastly larger impact on fat loss and fat gain than exercise.

22 Posts
Jun 16, 2013 3:14pm

Suggestions & Ideas / Support background audio playback with Google Play Music app

Steps to reproduce the problem:

  • Open Google Play Music
  • Select a playlist, start playback
  • Open Workout Training
  • Select a Workout
  • Press "Do Workout"
  • Select trainer voice
  • Press "Start"

As soon as the trianer's voice starts, the audio playback in Google Play Music is paused.

I am using a Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.2.2 and Google Play Music version 5.1052J.707098.

16 Jun
Would be something i want to use aswell. Gonna look for a solution hehe
22 Posts
Jun 15, 2013 3:46pm
via Android

Workouts and Programs / What HIIT cardio is all about

Here's something to keep in mind when evaluating high intensity interval training - HIIT - cardio workouts:

The goal of HIIT cardio routines is to bring your cardiac muscle (your heart) to the point of exhaustion before your skeletal muscles (biceps and triceps for example) reach their point of exhaustion. You know you've reached the point of cardiac and respiratory exhaustion when you're your heart is pounding and you're gasping for breath.

For this reason you should look for routines with exercises that involve a large number or wide array of different skeletal muscles in each movement. This will help ensure that your heart and lungs give up first - before your legs or arms.

A few examples of good choices include:

  • Burpees
  • Jumping jacks (and their many variations)
  • Kettlebell swings
  • Mountain climbers.

Take the Burpee - it requires nearly ever major muscle group. Starting from your calves to quads to hamstrings to glutes to hip flexors to abdominals to chest to triceps to shoulders.

Contrast that dumbbell curls and push-ups. Unless you are superhuman it is likely that your biceps or your pectoralis muscles will reach their points of exhaustion long before your heart and lungs do.

Just something to keep in mind when you're looking for your next challenge. If your goal is to really give your heart and your lungs - your cardiorespiratory system - a really great workout, look for these types of exercises.

To help you get started, here is a simple HIIT routine that combines my 4 favorites into one intense session. You can customize this to your ability level by increasing the rest periods or decreasing the number of rounds in each set.

Burpee Jack Mountain Kettle HIIT


18 Jun
Very educational...
18 Jun
@Ladarius - Glad you found it useful. What I hope people will learn from this is that "cardio training" - exercise meant to strengthen your heart muscle - is really just weight lifting for your heart. What people traditionally call "strength training" is weight lifting for all your other muscles - biceps, triceps, quads, etc. Many beginners want to believe that "cardio training" is all about weight loss. Unfortunately, most forms of "cardio training", such as a moderate paced treadmill workout, will neither do much to strengthen your heart nor will it do much to decrease your % bodyfat. There...