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Skimble and Harvard Medical School team up on Workout Trainer app

Harvard Health Publications, a division of Harvard Medical School, announced today a collaboration with Skimble, creator of the top-downloaded Workout Trainer app for Android and Apple iOS platforms. Skimble's Workout Trainer provides multimedia workouts led by expert coaches and has been downloaded more than 7 million times. The app helps users achieve specific goals – weight loss, strength, agility, better abs, and the like – using workouts that can be customized to fit a busy schedule.

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The Workout Trainer app can be downloaded for free and provides an in-app purchase of enhanced features and program functionality. The Harvard Health Gym Coach is the newest program, which features workouts from the Harvard Medical School Workout Workbook, from Harvard Health Publications. The Workout Workbook was created by Harvard Medical School doctors working with fitness trainers to provide a safe, expert workout regimen that can be modified for users with varying fitness levels. The Harvard Health Gym Coach is offered at an introductory price of $14.99, which is a one-time in-app purchase in the free Workout Trainer app. The Harvard Health Gym Coach purchase allows members to complete the 3-week program with multimedia coaching as many times as they'd like.

According to Skimble co-founder Maria Ly, "Harvard Medical School knows health information. You know it's thorough and trustworthy. We are delighted to offer their doctor-approved workouts to our community members."

The Harvard Health Gym Coach includes warm-up and cool-down routines plus 9 different workouts:

  1. Home and travel workout
  2. Resistance band and tube workout
  3. Ball workout
  4. Mixed workout: BOSU ball, weights, and medicine ball
  5. Core workout
  6. Split strength workout: lower body
  7. Split strength workout: upper body
  8. Power challenge workout
  9. Complex challenge workout

"We have been creating empowering, authoritative health information since 1975," said Ed Coburn, Director of Harvard Health Publications. "Teaming up with Skimble lets us make this workout information available in a widely-used, convenient, and portable platform to the millions who have already downloaded Skimble's Workout Trainer."

The Harvard Health Gym Coach workouts feature audio coaching soundtracks, timing cues, motivational messages, and reminders with customizable schedules.

To learn more about Skimble's Workout Trainer, go to or look for it in the App Store or Google Play.

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About Harvard Health Publications

Harvard Health Publications publishes four monthly newsletters--Harvard Health Letter, Harvard Women's Health Watch, Harvard Men's Health Watch, and Harvard Heart Letter--as well as more than 50 special health reports and books drawing on the expertise of the 8,000 faculty physicians at Harvard Medical School and its world-famous affiliated hospitals.