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Berkeley Interval Trainers

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Zion Health and Wellness
4.8
from 86 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 279 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Manoj K.
Verified review

Stephen incredibly knowledgeable and has a wonderful personality, and will push you beyond your mental (which I need most) and physical limits to get most out of the training without screaming at me. He is fully focussed on you while training and whenevwer time permits he quickly jots down my progress and motivates me with all the Instagram recordings :) he is either working out with me to demonstrate or couting my reps or recording the video for my reference. there is decent progress within a month and i am hopeful that I will achieve my target soon with help and motivation from him. I strongly recommend him to anyone for best body and mind :)

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Top Tier Fitness
4.9
from 74 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 170 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lucia S.
Verified review

Aleksander is a great, motivating training! On-time and always engaged.

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God's Gym
4.9
from 69 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 191 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Julie W.
Verified review

I have had a wonderful experience training with Anthony at God's Gym! He tailors each work out to my abilities, challenges me to incrementally work harder to build strength, but does not push me beyond my abilities or risk injury. Work outs are challenging, get my heart pumping and leave me with the "good" muscle soreness for a few days. There is minimal downtime in the 30 minute sessions, thus there is no wasted time. This contrasts to my experience during training sessions at other gyms. I feel that these sessions are consistently higher yield compared to my other gym experiences. Anthony, himself, is awesome. He is kind, patient, has a great sense of humor. He is VERY encouraging. He provides nutritional guidance specific for your goals. My schedule can be quite variable, and he has consistently accommodated this so that I could make as many training sessions as possible. The entire team at God's gym is very welcoming and supportive. A great environment, and an amazing community that I am now happy to participate in! Also, I would recommend that those considering this gym should not be "turned off" by the name if they are not religious, people of faith, Christian, etc. This is a comfortable and welcoming place for ALL people to train. :)

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  • 6 years in business
  • 146 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Buck S.
Verified review

I've never seen a studio or gym this nice and well kept. It has top notch amenities(shower, towels, air conditioning in SF!) and staff. I've been training here for some time (3 months) and have seen great results, especially my balance.. Evan works with a great staff and Scott (my trainer) has designed a very effective workout program to address my right side\leg which is weaker than the left from breaking my femur. Great experience, would definitely reccomend for personal training!!!

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Evolutionary Fitness
5.0
from 56 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Vera X.
Verified review

Fast response. We got the workout plans set up within a couple days. Gerard is awesome, and he designs personal workout plans for you that best fit your training goal. He also has this fitness app that tracks your nutrition, workout and weight, which i think is very motivating and helpful. Would definitely recommend!!

  • 10 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
Sameer Y.
Verified review

John is an amazing trainer. He is professional, always on time, and perpetually energetic. Even on days where I felt worn down, he managed to get me energized. He also understood what I wanted to achieve and was very focused on my goals. By far the best trainer that I have had the opportunity to train with! I had to take a break from training due to some life events, but I will definitely train with him again as soon as I can!

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John Pangan Fitness
4.7
from 33 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sarah C.
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John is doing a great job training my 12 year old son who competes in travel baseball. My son really enjoys his sessions and his fitness is improving everyday.

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Dima Rumanov
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kaustubh G.
Verified review

I have been training with Dima for about 3 months. My goals were fat loss and muscle gain. Before we began, Dima took time to go over the plan and explain how I should approach both the goals. He is very patient and I love that he explains how each exercise works and the correct way to do it. He keeps a record of your progress and that's a great motivator to be on track. In the past I somehow found ways to avoid going to the gym, but now look forward to a workout. I am definitely stronger than before and also see fat loss along the way. Eager to see how I progress over long term!!

  • 7 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Pam L.
Verified review

Xavier is one of the most hardworking and dedicated trainers I know. I needed help with my Army Physical Fitness Test training, particularly with my two-mile because I had a huge mental block and never broke that barrier or dropped my time no matter what I did. I found out that Xavier had done extensive research prior, and there were many days we went over one hour but he did not charge extra. He is someone I would describe as not after your money but truly cares about helping you reach your goals, no matter the cost and extra burden on him. The special thing about Xavier is really what you are getting in his packages-- it's not just physical training, but a package that addresses all three things: physical, emotional, and mental. With my mental block, he took me to speak to his wife, who was professionally certified. All at no extra cost to me-- it was all on his dime. Why? Because like I said, he cares about the person and his/her goal rather than just making money. When I was injured or on the brink of getting injured, he was able to help me with physical therapy as well (he's a massage therapist) so I didn't even have to go to a doctor for that. (He really knows what he's doing with physical therapy and massage; I actually feel that it's his specialty). It obviously worked because I was somehow able to avoid all those close calls, recover from a strained shoulder and strained hip, and prevent further injury ALL while intensely training at the same time nonstop for the twenty days I had left. We definitely went over just one hour everyday but Xavier never said anything. I know what I was able to achieve earlier, and I had reached my wits' end with making any improvement. Today, saying I reached my goal is an understatement. I completely smashed my goal and broke a mental and physical barrier forever along the way-- by almost 2 minutes. Something I couldn't break by even a minute for NINETEEN years by myself. But only twenty days with Xavier and suddenly I broke it by not just one but TWO minutes in an already short two-mile run? AND somehow got over my greatest fear at the same time? That's what I call a miracle. Got above and beyond for everything else. At times I know I gave Xavier a hard time because sometimes I wouldn't listen to him or argued with him about what was right. But it doesn't matter who was right or wrong at that time because all that matters to me is the end result-- and I succeeded. Thank you Xavier!

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New Vision Fitnessjq
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Chirag M.
Verified review

Jay is simply amazing! He evaluates your fitness level, and then drafts an actionable plan to help you achieve your goals. Best part is, he's in tune with your abilities, and isn't afraid to shake up the plan to accommodate your capabilities! And it's not just about the sessions you pay for, the guy is invested in making you reach your goals and will check up on you regularly to make sure you're doing okay and on track. Upvote!

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Fitness Services
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jamie B.
Verified review

Mo is a fantastic trainer. He is very knowledgeable, a true expert in his field. He's a compassionate, attentive trainer. Be prepared to be pushed outside of your comfort zone during your training sessions. He makes training fun and you'll rarely do the same routine twice. The variety of exercises and support I feel keep me coming back for more...not to mention the results. You won't find a better trainer anywhere else.

Sean C. Green
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Tara S.
Verified review

I first started training with Sean 8 years ago. My intention was to get into shape but Seans training is beyond physical. He challenged me with his workouts & he made every workout exciting. He loves what he does, loves to create workouts that people will benefit from & he's a great guy! What's more to ask for in a trainer! The west coast got a gift of a guy :))

Herman Sham
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Zhu T.
Verified review

I’ve been training with Herman for almost 3 years now, and believe he is one of the most experienced & committed trainers around. I started training 4-5 times a week and really enjoyed the variety & challenge he put into the personal one-on-one session. Herman are fun to work with and he pushed you to the limit to achieve your goal.

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Benjamin Lim
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mark S.
Verified review

Benjamin Lim is a treasure !! Very professional and knowledgeable about all aspects of fitness training. Super good bargain too. Ben's technique is based on science, not the usual mumbo jumbo. My fitness level is improving dramatically thanks in large part to Ben, though I do also have other personal trainers. If you can only get one trainer, get Ben. Don't waste your time investigating other trainers. You won't find someone better, especially at that price. In case you suspect this review is unreal or biased, it isn't. I never met Ben until he started training me a couple months ago in my home.

Jason Wheeler Training
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Amber H.
Verified review

I was thrilled to find Jason’s small group fitness classes in San Francisco. I have never been in better shape after taking his interval training classes. Every day was different and you could tell that the workouts were carefully planned out and timed with intention. Jason’s motivation helped take my fitness to the next level and I felt like my legs especially became toned very quickly. I recommend Jason to anyone that needs a good sweat and wants to work hard. it doesn’t hurt that Jason has a great personality and sense of humor!! I always looked forward to starting the day with such positive energy. The only reason I’m not still working out with Jason is because I moved out of the Bay Area - but I am sure to visit and work out whenever I am in town! Thanks Jason!!

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Fitnatixx
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sadaf Y.
Verified review

I was referred to Dante by a friend who highly recommended him after training with him for a few months. I was hesitant because I hadn’t trained in a very long time, gained a lot of weight and didn’t want to feel and look dumb. I had run into Dante a few times and he always had such a calming energy that I finally decided to put my fears aside and give it a shot. Best decision I made. Dante is positive, motivating, fun, and very knowledgeable on how to work with different body types. I lost more weight and inches in the first month than I have in years. I’ve trained for months now and we’ve never done the same exercise twice. He knows how to shock your body into shape! If you are looking for a trainer that knows how to get you in shape and makes you feel comfortable while doing it Dante is the guy for you.

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GK Fitness
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nell B.
Verified review

Gretchen is very pleasant and encourages you through out the training session.

Fitness for life
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Mike N.
Verified review

I’ve been training with Ravi Machado now for about 1 year, and I look forward to our sessions every few weeks. My initial goals in wanting to hire Ravi as a trainer were to gain strength and improve posture. I already had a good foundation of how to lift weights but with some recent neck and lower back pain I wanted more guidance on lifting with correct technique as to not cause more pain. Ravi not only has been helpful in those regards, but has taught me a lot more. Sometimes we work out with body weight, or with a combo of weights, and kettlebells. And other times we’ll just focus on Pilates (as he’s a certified instructor), and some sessions we’ll do a combo approach of weights, HIIT training, and Pilates — which is nice and keeps me on my toes not knowing what I’ll expect. What I’ve learned in my time working with Ravi. I need to stretch more (I have tight hip flexors and hamstrings). The Pilates machines are perfect for doing just this, and even though I dread stretching at times, it’s so necessary to prevent further injuries. I sit and drive a lot for work, and though I’m an active person and fit, he helps me identify those trouble areas of my body that I need to prioritize with stretching (and strengthening) — and we all have them. And not to mention that Pilates is a killer workout! I’ve learned to focus on my back and strengthen my shoulder/back stabilizers to help combat neck pain which has definitely lessened as a result of working together. I also now know how to properly swing a kettlebell and give myself an awesome leg workout in a short period of time. If you’re looking to add variety to your workouts, get stronger, become more flexible, improve posture, and become more aware of how your body and muscles behave and hold onto tension, definitely work with Ravi! I promise you you won’t be bored and his down to earth personality and expert knowledge regarding personal training and Pilates will keep you coming back for more workouts. - Mike N, San Francisco - 5/31/18

Get Fit SF
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Dave F.
Verified review

I had Sanchez as a trainer for about two years before I moved out of town. I still make sure to see him when I travel back to town. Dude knows his stuff, is light-hearted but unrelenting, and actually gets results. Recommended for those focusing on strength training, though he might Zumba like a motherfucker; I don't know.

Daily Hero
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Edward R.
Verified review

Daily Hero provides an outlet for me to explore fitness in a creative way that doesn't feel too mundane. Strength, endurance, toning up, improving flexibility; this style of training does everything to get you fit quickly and improve athletic ability.

  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Kristin S.
Verified review

Jamie is an energetic, engaging, and knowledgeable trainer! She is highly qualified and understands how to program our training sessions that result in attaining my weight loss goals! I am still working with her and would recommend her to anyone who is looking to loose weight and tone up!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

Is kickboxing hard?

Kickboxing is as intense a workout as you want it to be. As with any fitness regimen, the more effort you put in, the more results you will get. The type of kickboxing you do will determine how physically challenging it is. Combat or self-defense kickboxing, where you train in a martial arts studio with sandbags or spar against combat partners, can be an intense physical workout. Group kickboxing classes that use sandbags as part of the workout will also elevate the degree of intensity, because of the level of exertion punching and kicking the bag requires. Cardio kickboxing group fitness, which employ kicking and punching moves but no sandbags, has comparable intensity to jogging but works a wider range of muscles while increasing strength, flexibility and coordination. Here are some of the core kickboxing moves:

  • Cross: A straight punch that you throw slightly across your body, using your dominant hand.
  • Jab: A quick, straight, face punch. Usually thrown with the non-dominant hand.
  • Uppercut: A punch thrown up from the midsection (using either hand) that connects with the underside of your opponent’s chin.
  • Hook: A curved punch (using either hand) that connects with your competitor’s jaw or chin.
  • Side kick: A kick delivered when your competitor is at an angle to you. Raise your leg to the side, then bend at the knee to deliver the kick.
  • Front kick: A kick delivered straight on while you are facing your opponent.
  • Roundhouse kick: A kick delivered by swinging a leg up in a clockwise or counterclockwise motion (depending on which leg you’re using) with momentum to strike the opponent with the instep of the foot.

What should you wear to kickboxing?

What you wear to kickboxing can vary based on the setting. For kickboxing group fitness classes that are part of a gym’s cardio class schedule, standard fitness attire is appropriate. Athletic sneakers, pants or shorts that you can comfortably kick in without getting tangled or flashing anyone, and a top that allows for easy movement when punching and jabbing are all good choices. You won’t need protective gear or gloves, as most cardio-based kickboxing classes do not use punching bags.

Kickboxing training that takes place at a martial arts studio typically requires protective gear. You may need boxing gloves (beginners may want 12-ounce or heavier gloves for more cushioning) and hand wraps that protect and support your hands under the gloves while you punch the bag. If your kickboxing training includes sparring with opponents, you’ll need a mouthguard and any protective head and body gear your studio requires. Always be sure to bring plenty of water, too.

What is a boot camp class?

Fitness boot camps are a heart-pounding way to boost your fitness level. Boot camps are led by a fitness instructor and are based on the concept of military boot camps — intensive workout programs to get new recruits into shape, quickly. Fitness boot camps encourage camaraderie, and the group momentum helps participants get through fast-paced intervals of cardio, isometric training, strength training and endurance drills. Classes may range anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes, and usually meet multiple days per week. Boot camps often run a specific duration of time, say four to six weeks, which creates a team-like environment for class members. Other boot camps run year-round and students purchase package pricing for classes, similar to subscriptions that allow them a set amount of classes per week or per month.

Boot camps can be held indoors at a gym, outdoors in a park or on a beach, in a backyard — anywhere there’s room for running, jumping and sweating. Some instructors also provide DVD and online boot camps. You can also find boot camps tailored to your heart’s desire, such as bikini boot camp, or boot camps for new mothers. Boot camps offer an intense workout and are usually led by energetic instructors pushing you to do your best, but unlike military boot camp drill sergeants, fitness boot camp instructors typically don’t use intimidation or punishment to spur you on. Check with your doctor before starting a boot camp if you have health concerns, and always let your instructor know ahead of time if you have injuries.

What do you need for kickboxing?

What you need to bring to kickboxing depends on where you are working out and what your goals are. For a gym or fitness club’s cardio-based group kickboxing class that does not use punching bags, you generally need only appropriate workout gear and enough water. For kickboxers who are training in a martial arts studio, working one-on-one with a trainer toward a specific goal or sparring with competitors, you will need your own boxing gloves (12- to 16-ounce gloves provide more protection for beginners) and hand wraps (to protect and support your hands under the gloves, as well as keep them dry). If your lessons are in a martial arts studio, you may not be permitted to wear shoes, so bring clean socks if you don’t like to go barefoot. If your training includes sparring, you may be required to wear a mouthguard and/or protective headgear. Whether you’re in a group fitness class or hardcore training session, bring a sweat towel for your comfort and the comfort of people around you.

How much is a boot camp?

The cost of fitness boot camps depends on how often you go, the package you are purchasing (or if you are paying a drop-in fee), the location of the bootcamp, the equipment the instructors provide, and the background and reputation of the instructor. Smaller towns and areas with a lower cost of living typically have lower rates for boot camp services than big cities and regions with a higher cost of living. If you’re paying per class on a drop-in basis, expect to pay anywhere from $12 to $25 or more, depending on the region and the instructor. When you purchase a package of classes, typically the more you buy at one time, the cheaper each class is. The same boot camp class might be $20 for a drop-in student, $15 for a student who pays for 10 classes per month, and $10 for a student who pays for 30 classes a month. Studio space can also affect costs, so if your boot camp takes place in a high-end gym with top-of-the-line equipment, the prices will likely be higher than a class that meets in an outdoor space with limited or no equipment. Shop around to find the right type of boot camp class and the right instructor for you.

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