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Top 10 Personal Trainers near Palo Alto, CA

Top Pro
5.0
from 14 reviews
5.0
(14)
GREAT VALUE
  • 3 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
"Dante is an amazing professional with expert knowledge of what he does. In just two weeks I have greatly improved my strength and technique. His constant motivation and quick tips are always great. He constantly changes the exercise routine to push your body to the limits. It's really hard to find trainers who can guide and assist you with your goals and provide nutrition tips as well. Dante is definitely a top trainer. Highly recommended."
$50
estimated cost
4.9
from 12 reviews
4.9
(12)
GREAT VALUE
  • 9 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"I have had personal trainers before but only at a gym. When i trained with Armando Ramirez it was in the comfort of his home. He trained me in his garage and it was for a month. I told him I wanted a work out plan that would target a total body work out crunched into an hour. He first weighed me and tuck measurements. So I can see my progress. That was very helpful and I like that I felt comfortable with him. I liked how it was one on one without the crowded gym environment. Armando showed me how to enjoy working out instead of counting down the minutes. I liked how it was quick and do able on a weekly basis. He always made sure my form was correct. In the past other trainers didn't give me as much attention due to other clients in the gym. Armando also pushed me when he seen I wanted to give up. But it was not aggressive it was very motivational. He showed me that I was capable of exceeding in my work outs. One thing, Armando did not have to many work out machines but his work out consisted more of stability and balance. I liked that better because I can do those work outs anywhere. No GYM needed. I really recommend training with Armando!! "
$20
estimated cost
Top Pro
5.0
from 27 reviews
5.0
(27)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 1 year in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
"I've been going through cycles of setting up a gym schedule for myself and then failing to follow it. I've run through a few personal trainers in the past year or so, and can honestly say Dima changed the way I look at fitness. It was hard to motivate myself before, and I wasn't seeing improvement. Dima taught me about the whole fitness lifestyle, from plannjng my diet to getting the perfect form in a deadlift. I've seen more results in my 12 weeks with Dima than I did in a year at my old gym. And, going to the gym is fun for me now because of Dima's relentlessly positive, goal-oriented training style. Thank you, Dima, for giving me the personal training experience I always wanted."
$70
estimated cost
Top Pro
4.9
from 74 reviews
4.9
(74)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 6 years in business
  • 170 hires on Thumbtack
"Jessica is the best personal trainer ever! I highly recommend my friends if they are looking for personal trainer around Bay Area."
$80
estimated cost
5.0
from 13 reviews
5.0
(13)
  • 10 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
"Holly is amazing! This was my first time hiring a personal trainer, and I'm so grateful I found Holly. She is the perfect mix of sweet, honest, and encouraging but she will whip you into shape and be more firm when needed. I never left a workout thinking I hadn't been pushed to 110%. I was also initially skeptical when Holly said I could lose ten pounds in a month by working with her. But, one month later, I lost 12 pounds! Holly also cares about her clients as friends and people; she checked in outside of sessions and was always available anytime I needed her. She is worth every penny and you will be so grateful if you work with her!"
$80
estimated cost
4.9
from 11 reviews
4.9
(11)
  • 5 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
"My husband and I have been working with Adam for almost 3 years now. He is an excellent personal trainer. He pushes you to improve while, at the same time, making sure to be careful with injuries or aches and pains (like bad knees). He knows how to give you a well-rounded workout and is very knowledgeable about the proper use of gym equipment. We can highly recommend Adam as a personal trainer."
$60
estimated cost
5.0
from 10 reviews
5.0
(10)
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
"Will is by far the best trainer you can get!!! Before training with Will my work out time bad been last on my priority list for years and I was least happy w/ my fitness level. But Will's professionalism, great skills and fun attitude turned it all around for me. His passion and enthusiasm for improvement were so catchy that all the hard work he had in store for me was easy and fun. :) Will's gone above and beyond every time I needed something. I felt treated like a friend not like a client! Will has strengthened my body, mind and will power. I now work out 4-5 times a week and I'm in the best shape I've been in years. He's the best you can get, just trust his advice and you'll get where you wanna be in no time! ;)"
$55
estimated cost
5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"Ron is an awesome trainer and great guy! He challenges you without being intimidating and is actually interested in getting to know you and your needs, then adapting his training plan very specifically to you. He was consistently switching up my workouts to give me variety, as that was one of my main reasons for deciding to invest in personal training. Ron also made it a point to fit me into his schedule, even coming in on his days off to make sure I was able to get my workouts in. He genuinely cares about your well-being and wants to make you better. I also appreciated his always positive attitude and clear motivation for a healthy, active lifestyle. Highly recommended for any health and fitness needs!"
$58
estimated cost
5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"Phoenix Training is really great. I was skinny but too unmotivated and shy to go to the gym. I had Heather as my personal trainer and have I noticed a positive change in my appearance. I am happy and now more confident with myself. I definitely recommend Heather to anyone looking for great quality personal training."
$70
estimated cost
Top Pro
5.0
from 15 reviews
5.0
(15)
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
"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."
$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 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.

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.

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.

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