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Top 10 Exercise Trainers near Orinda, CA

Top Pro
4.9
from 70 reviews
4.9
(70)
GREAT VALUE
  • 33 years in business
  • 192 hires on Thumbtack
"Anthony is awesome. He has great communication, designs tough yet effective workouts, always has a positive, upbeat attitude (even when under the weather!), and he is incredibly supportive! The gym is unique in that it doesn't feel like one of those massive 24 Hour Fitness behemoths that lack in the community department. God's Gym is very community oriented. Everyone supports one another, and it is really nice to see familiar faces every time I'm in the gym. The trainers want you to succeed and are not just in it to collect money. They legitimately want you to reach your goals, and that gets me through the grueling workouts 3 times/week. The equipment might seem obsolete at first glance. However, this is the kind of gym I imagine hardcore, loyal bodybuilding athletes go to train. Rocky Balboa would train at this gym whereas the scary Russian dude would be at Equinox (Rocky wins the fight in the end!). If you are looking for a no-frills, authentic gym experience, God's Gym is definitely a great place to go. I have only been training at this gym, but I look forward to sticking with it in the long run. Plus, they offer multiple training packages for all types, and it's very affordable. I'll see you at God's Gym! "
$22
estimated cost
Top Pro
4.9
from 71 reviews
4.9
(71)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 6 years in business
  • 150 hires on Thumbtack
"Evan & his team are really awesome! I highly recommend them because they listened to my needs, customized my workouts and communicate really well. The trainers are super friendly and are always checking on how you feel specifically with any injuries. They are all friendly and make you feel welcome. Try them out!"
$74
estimated cost
Top Pro
4.9
from 74 reviews
4.9
(74)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 6 years in business
  • 170 hires on Thumbtack
"Baron helped get me set up with one of his trainers. So far the experience has been great. They were super flexible with my schedule and Cory has really given me motivation to work hard. I'm seeing the results already! Thank you!!"
$75
estimated cost
4.9
from 27 reviews
4.9
(27)
  • 7 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
"Xavier is just what I needed! I wasn't ready to workout in a gym setting, so I Googled personal trainers that would come out to my home. One of the results was Thumbtack, so I filled out my needs and goals. I got 2 emails with trainers that could come to me and out of the 2 results, Xavier stood out. His many years of experience in the fitness industry sold me. Also reviews from clients showed me that he was no joke, the real deal! I have a few pieces of equipment at home already but he brings other equipment that we utilize. He has a positive attitude, he stresses not to get down on myself, very motivational and doesn't let me quit. I have a few imbalances in my body structure and he has been able to adapt/accommodate and we are working on them. I've had 8 sessions with him so far and plan to continue to work with him. I definitely recommend him! "
$60
estimated cost
5.0
from 13 reviews
5.0
(13)
  • 10 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
"Holly is Incredible! Great results! If you're looking for a trainer, just google her. You won't find a better fitness trainer in the Bay Area!"
$80
estimated cost
Top Pro
4.9
from 12 reviews
4.9
(12)
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
"What would I do without Gretchen?! She has been a true partner on my weight loss journey. I started with a plan to see her for 10 sessions, but she’s so great that I’ve lost count of how many sessions we have had. My new plan is to work with her indefinitely. She’s incredibly kind, non-judgmental, and knows exactly how to customize workouts to get results. I feel stronger every week, and am continuing to lose weight at a steady pace. She’s completely changed how I feel about exercise!"
$67
estimated cost
5.0
from 10 reviews
5.0
(10)
GREAT VALUE
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
"I’ve been working with Will for 2 1/2 years and I can’t express enough how grateful I am for him and his knowledge of fitness. I have two bad shoulders one with a labrum tear. When I came across him I had very poor mobility and strength. He brought me back from painful sleepless nights to front squating and dead lifting. He helped me get on track with my eating and holds me to it. He pushes me through my workout to very last second. He takes the time to do a cool down with me focusing on my shoulder so it can recover properly. If your looking for a trainer who will work with an injury and or you’re trying to reach a fitness goal Will is your man!"
$55
estimated cost
Top Pro
4.7
from 34 reviews
4.7
(34)
  • 4 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
" I've worked with other personal trainers in the past. But my experience with John exceeded my expectations for several reasons. Upon meeting him I felt quickly at ease. He was able to quickly assess my physical ability and pushed me just enough past my comfort level. I had an amazing workout! He was very encouraging and positive towards me. It was very obvious he was extremely knowledgeable not only in training but he also came up with a detailed strategy to help me reach my fat loss goals especially with my nutrition. I feel very confidant in his ability to help me. I also know he will keep me free from injury. He exceeded my expectations. It was the best experience I've had with any personal trainer. "
$67
estimated cost
Top Pro
5.0
from 57 reviews
5.0
(57)
  • 18 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
"Gerard is the trainer of trainers, he has stamina, strength, and balance in training me. I am older, and I need to be watched for my strengths and weaknesses. He knows nutrition as well, and combines the training with that skill, which makes him exceptional. He's tough and clear about body building."
$100
estimated cost
5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 1 year in business
"Shari is the absolute best! She listens with the intention of hearing ME and is continually working to make sure that the current fitness and nutrition plan I'm doing is getting the best results. She checks in with me every day to make sure I'm getting my workouts in and motivates me constantly. The meal prepping plan she put together for me has the things I love to eat and has saved me more money every week than the cost of hiring her! Not to mention the time it saves every single day. I'm down 2 pants sizes in the last year and I've never felt better!"
$30
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 is kickboxing?

Kickboxing is a type of martial art whose basic moves are widely practiced in personal and group fitness regimens. In combat kickboxing, two competitors fight using four points of contact — both hands and both feet — unlike traditional boxing, where competitors are allowed to use their hands. In competitive kickboxing, opponents must remain standing, and no fighting can occur on the mat or ground. Kickboxing has its roots in Muay Thai and other ancient martial arts. Some elemental moves from kickboxing include roundhouse kicks, back kicks, hooks, uppercuts and more.

Modern group fitness kickboxing is practiced in gyms and workout studios across the country. It draws its moves from combat kickboxing, but instead of fighting with an opponent, participants perform jabs, crosses, punches and kicks in instructor-led, choreographed routines set to music. Personal trainers also incorporate kickboxing moves into workout routines, spending time punching and kicking the bag. These strength-building moves, mixed with high-intensity intervals, boost heart rate and increase strength.

Is kickboxing good exercise?

Kickboxing is great exercise. It works your whole body and really gets your heart pounding. Kickboxing combines upper- and lower-body movements like roundhouse kicks and uppercut punches that boost calorie burning. The type of kickboxing you do will determine how much exercise you get. Kickboxing training that takes place in a martial arts studio will involve kicking and punching a sandbag or sparring with a competitor, both of which will sharply increase the amount of exercise you’ll experience in a kickboxing session. Comparatively, a study by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) found that women doing group fitness cardio kickboxing burned between 6.45 and 8.3 calories per minute, or approximately 350-450 calories burned during an hour-long class. This is roughly what you can expect to burn with jogging or similar exercise, but ACE says that cardio kickboxing offers the added benefits of increased strength and flexibility, sharper reflexes, and improved coordination. Whether you’re training to fight competitively, learning kickboxing as a form of self-defense, or taking cardio kickboxing at your local gym, you’ll get a full-body workout with positive health benefits.

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 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.

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