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Top 10 Boot Camp Instructors near Novato, CA

Top Pro
4.9
from 69 reviews
4.9
(69)
GREAT VALUE
  • 33 years in business
  • 191 hires on Thumbtack
"LOVE Anthony! I have already recommended him to friends and family. Can't wait to continue training with him. Super motivating and encouraging. No "boot camp" mentality here. All positive affirmation while also pushing you (but not TOO much) to take your fitness to the next level"

$22

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.9
from 69 reviews
4.9
(69)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 6 years in business
  • 147 hires on Thumbtack
"Do you Evan lift? Sorry, couldn't resist. But seriously, I was fortunate enough to win the silent auction for a personal training introductory package Evan had donated to a local school (a charitable fellow as well...), wondering what difference having a pro would make in improving my current routine's form and helping my goals. I was very upfront about being as-yet unsure about continuing with training due to cost, and Evan was wholly accommodating of that wish - checking my current routine, showing me areas I can correct my form and technique, and introducing new exercises to help me resolve some pains and issues I have been dealing with. He also showed me how I can do all of this with the equipment at my current gym, and by buying a few $10 pieces from Amazon to supplement for his training center's professional gear. All this, in only a handful of sessions. He even offered continuing support over email if I have any questions, and some other resources to browse to get additional insight and ideas. I could not recommend him more highly. A great guy to start with in the world of personal training, and I look forward to continuing with him as my goals develop."

$74

estimated cost

4.9
from 27 reviews
4.9
(27)
  • 7 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
"Best decision I ever made, He helped me and gave me tips on how I can improve on so many things both mentally and physically and he respects and listens to his clients, it's amazing because after all our trainings, now i can do them on my own without being afraid to fail. I went to xavier to get stronger but at the end it was more than that, I'm forever gonna appreciate his advice and everything he helped me with. In just a month I can see the results already, my 1.5miles run time went from 12.30 to 10.55mins and now I can do push-ups and pull ups and plz I used to be scared to do sit-ups because I was afraid of failure but not anymore thanks to xavier. And I can honestly say I'm more ready for Marine corps boot camp than I was a few months ago. And lastly thank u for giving me the best advice ( Don't be afraid to fail)."

$60

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 16 reviews
5.0
(16)
  • 4 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
"Shawn has been awesome! I've been working with her for two months and the results are showing. Shawn takes the time to make sure I'm not doing the same exercises and keeps each workout fun, interesting and challenging for my level. I had a leg injury before I started training with Shawn and she was able to customize the workouts without exacerbating my symptoms. Her facility is peaceful, clean and has everything that you would need for a solid program. Highly recommend her services as there are so many options to get a great workout."

$90

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 56 reviews
5.0
(56)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 18 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
"Gerard will work you and with time you will see results if you put your part in. I've only done a few sessions but I can already see my body changing. I'm excited to see what else he has for me. He has a great personality which makes these sessions that much more fun . I love the workouts he gives me. They aren't easy but who said working out was going to be easy. You will be sweating within minutes. He also has his own gym in San Rafael and also where he lives which makes meeting up easier if you can't make it to San Rafael. He also offers boot camp classes which I also like. It works your abdominals,glutes, legs arms and overall core which is exactly what I need for weight loss. I recommend Gerard P at Evolutionary Fitness if you want to get into shape,achieve weight loss and create a whole new healthy lifestyle. "

$100

estimated cost

4.9
from 14 reviews
4.9
(14)
  • 6 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
"I always have fun working with Christina! We do half indoor half outdoor training. Since we started working together a month ago, I feel stronger, leaner, and more mobile. My goal was to get stronger and gain more muscle, and I feel like I'm on the right path! She is great at correcting my form and creating a fun yet challenging program! "

$80

estimated cost

4.9
from 41 reviews
4.9
(41)
  • 13 years in business
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
"I was looking for a personal trainer for my SO as a Christmas present since he was having trouble getting motivated to get back into shape. This was my first time using Thumbtack and by some stroke of luck I found Aaron – he was exactly what I/we needed! Aaron was able to train with him over the course of a few months and was very flexible with my SO's busy schedule. He also was able to meet at a public park near our flat so everything was super easy and convenient (no excuses!) My SO is diabetic so it's very important for him to look after his diet and general health and Aaron definitely helped steer him in the right direction with advice on both diet and exercise. He also pushed him the right amount in terms of physical ability. I think the best part about training with Aaron is that my SO was able to learn a lot about his problem areas (flexibility, etc.) and use those lessons outside the personal training sessions. I would definitely recommend Aaron, he's a nice but tough guy!"

$75

estimated cost

5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"I was tremendously fortunate to have had Ms. Wright as my personal trainer. I would highly recommend Jo. She motivated me; she was always focused on what I was doing and offering suggestions on how to improve; she provided a great variety of exercises. I felt great after my sessions. She pushed me appropriately hard but never too hard. Jo was also a wonderfully interesting person to spend time with. I have moved from SF and can no longer train with Jo. That is my huge loss. I very much urge you to try training with Jo. You will not regret it!"

$75

estimated cost

5.0
from 11 reviews
5.0
(11)
GREAT VALUE
  • 15 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"I've been swimming with Fana for over five years now and she's awesome! This isn't your standard drill and kill group. She works on stroke technique to help avoid injury and mixes up the strokes to keep the workouts interesting. As a result, my swim times are faster and I haven't missed workouts due to sore shoulders etc."

$55

estimated cost

5.0
from 8 reviews
5.0
(8)
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"After taking a hiatus from lifting, I started training with Jordan in January 2018. His guidance, structure and motivation was exactly what I needed to get me back into shape. Thanks to his hypertrophy and strength programs, and I've dropped 8% body fat in 6 months--all while adding lean mass. Here are my RESULTS with Jordan: Jan 12, 2018: 26.9% body fat | 124lb bodyweight June 15, 2018: 18.3% body fat | 127lb bodyweight Lifts as of June 2018 (no belt): Squat 135lb x 5 Deadlift 155lb x 5 Bench 85lb x 5 Hip thrust 225lb x 6 Dead hang pull ups 5 x 6 sets Jordan is highly experienced and knowledgeable--not only from training clients for the past 10+ years--but from his own training as a hardcore competitive endurance athlete. He finished a 99-mile bike race in Sonoma this May in 5:20 (and came in 1st), has multiple marathons, ultramarathons--and even Ironman--under his belt. What an inspiration!! He also lifts, so his strength-focused clients benefit enormously from his wealth of expertise. Oh yeah, I've seen him bang out 20 dead hang pull ups under 60 seconds--with flawless form! Here are other reasons why Jordan is such an exceptional trainer (though there are too many to list): *He is highly attentive to injury prevention and correct technique. He knows just the right amount to push you, without you compromising your form. He'll have you do corrective stretches and exercises to fix muscle imbalances. *He's super organized. He tracks your workouts and body composition measurements on a shared Google sheet. No old-school "clipboard and paper" workout sheets. *He is a hardcore fitness geek with a science-based approach to training. He stays abreast with the latest strength and conditioning research, for your benefit (he's studying to be CSCS). *He is dedicated to his clients. He is responsive whenever I have a question for him outside of training time. Schedule permitting, Jordan has so generously stayed "overtime" to wrap up my workout--even though I was his last client after a long day! Jordan has gone private and I now train with him at Truve in downtown Oakland. He also trains clients 2 days a week in San Francisco. Jordan epitomizes the best in his field and will help you get the results you're looking for."

$75

estimated cost

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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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