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San Jose Cardio Kickboxing 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
Jessica S.
Verified review

I've been working out with Stephen for the past few months. Our workouts consist of total body and cardio workouts so you can start seeing results fast. I feel more energized and my strength and endurance has definitely improved. Thanks to Stephen I'll be able to finally reach my goals

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

I train with Jessica. I have done 3 training + 1 orientation sessions with her till now. She is awesome and encourages me to push through and finish all the exercises. One thing I really like is she asks me to visualize my goal when I am about to give up and that encourages me a lot. She also has great suggestions about the diet I should follow and also the cardio I should be doing on my own time. She is a really good trainer.

Top Pro
  • 6 years in business
  • 145 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
P. H.
Verified review

I've worked with a few personal trainers over the years and I have to say that hands down, Evan is the best trainer I have ever worked with. I started working out with Evan over a year ago. I have chronic low back pain, and had just had a procedure that was meant to reduce swelling and allow me to exercise more and strengthen my core. I had been doing physical therapy for awhile, but found that the workouts were too mellow, and I didn't really notice any improvement in my core strength. My wife had actually been working out with Evan for a few months and she recommended I try a few workouts with him. Evan has been amazing. The workouts are intense and challenging. He focuses on doing intervals of a quick series of strengthing exercises, with a burst of cardio in between sets that keeps your heart rate elevated for the entire workout. Given my back issues, he is very good about checking in to make sure he is not stressing or straining my lower back (or any other injury I might have picked up). I have noticed dramatic improvement in my core strength and overall fitness in my time with Evan. He also has been willing to email me personalized workouts I can do on my own for days when I'm not working out him. I agree with all the other posts here -- 5 stars. Evan is great.

YouniquelyFit San Francisco
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
Tayler L.
Verified review

I have really enjoyed working with Jackie and her team. Their training method is challenging and fun, and an hour session with them flies by. I am used to doing relatively strenuous weight lifting, cardio, and ballet, and I get a great workout on their program. It also works well for pre-natal, still going strong at 36 weeks!

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The Fitness Connection
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amy W.
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I have been training with Felipe since 2010. Before I started training with him, my workouts only consisted of high-intensity cardio kickboxing. After training with Felipe, I realized that while I was fit, I was not strong. Now I get a great mix of cardio and strength training. One of my goals was to be able to do a pull-up on my own. Now I'm strong enough to do 5 in a row! I love the workouts that Felipe creates. Every day is different and he is constantly adding new things to keep it interesting. His workouts can consist of hitting a tire with a sledge hammer, pushing a car in a parking lot, lifting weights, or TRX exercises. And that's just a sampling of it. It changes all the time. He is also a big believer in having correct form. Doing the workout correctly is more important to him than how many reps you can do. If you're looking for a personal trainer who is different than most, Felipe is the trainer for you!

  • 8 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Ilyssa P.
Verified review

Scott Meade is an outstanding trainer. He has been training me in boxing and kickboxing for the past year. Scott is extremely knowledgeable in boxing as well as fitness, which is reflected in the improvements that I've made as an athlete. He is always encouraging and also knows how to get down to business so that he can help transform you into the best athlete that you can be. Not only is he a good trainer, but he is also a great role model and someone you can count on. Scott is the guy to go to if you're looking for someone to help get you get through your week feeling strong and motivated.

Start.Live.Fit.
4.8
from 18 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
Sam D.
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Working out with Joe has changed my life. I am down nearly 40 pounds in 4 months but, more importantly, I am stronger and more fit person today thanks to Joe’s workouts. I have been motivated by his own stories of weight struggle and the desire to live a healthier lifestyle. Joe has been in my shoes. He understands my struggles with eating and exercise. And he’s crafted a lifestyle change plan for me to help me get over my hurdles and stay on track to meet my fitness goals. He has tailored the workouts to my needs, changing it up to keep it fresh, balancing strength training with cardio exercise to maximize my results.. He has pushed me when I needed pushing and scaled back when he would see me struggle - not to the point where I was giving up but rather reducing the intensity of my workout so that I could finish it and not feel defeated. He’s has motivated me and, despite my resistance and my hate of running, has turned me into a runner - first 1 mile, then 1-1/2, then 2. Today, I am running more than 3 miles on my own several times a week and plan to run in a 5K next month. ME... of all people. I highly recommend Joe as a personal trainer. I am on my second 20-session plan with him and plan to sign up for at least one more to get me through the end of the year and closer to my long-term goal. Beyond that, I plan to start attending his boot camp sessions soon as a way of maintaining my weight once I reach my weight loss goals. "

James Terry Fitness Training
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Harman K.
Verified review

James terry gave me awesome mma instruction and cardio training, very good trainer. He is very knowledgeable about fitness and it shows in his training methods. I felt his instruction comes from a solid backbone in experience competing mma and wrestling. He is very calm and collective also when he trains you so you dont feel any pressure or intimidation. All around cool guy to have as a trainer.

Will Power Personal Trainer
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Duncan G.
Verified review

My friends gave me a visit to Will for my 73rd birthday back in 2015. One of the best presents I have ever received. I decided to continue sessions resulting in big improvements my balance and core strength. I was concerned training would be expensive, but Will’s prices are reasonable.  Will made me feel comfortable and not intimidated. Plus, he’s easy to talk to, so sessions go by quickly.  He plans out each class to target multiple muscle groups and get some cardio. Starting training with him was one of the BEST things I've ever done for myself. I find him to be a good person, an excellent instructor.

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

Great workouts! Good mix or cardio and weight training.

Training with Cat
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Ann C.
Verified review

In home personal training for weight loss and stress reduction. I chose Cat because she has a professional website and several certifications. She quickly responded to my request and was on time for our first appointment. She provided paperwork and required a medical history. I immediately trusted her and signed up for a package. The training was great. She does a circuit style with repeat rotation which includes cardio and strengthening. I am confident as we progress that she will be providing a wide range of techniques to my program and I am very pleased with my experience so far.

Mavericks Fitness
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
DAN H.
Verified review

Rock was a fantastic trainer! He took his time with me to find a workout plan that would work for me. He pushes you hard to get the results that you are after. His workouts are always changing and coaches you on your total body fitness (nutrition/strength training/cardio). I started seeing results in just a few weeks using Rock as my personal trainer. I would recommend Rock and Maverick Fitness if you are ready to look and feel your best!

Jason Wheeler Training
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Brian N.
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I've been training with Jason for over three years, and the quality and consistency of his classes keep me coming back. Great variety, well structured sessions with proper warm-up and a combo of strength, movement, and cardio. My wife and I did some couples training sessions as well, and Jason personalized the session with exercises that were fun for us to do together -- it was a lot of fun!

Movimento Fitness
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Kat T.
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Really enjoyed coming to Christina's class when I was on maternity leave! It was nice to be able to have a sweat session while having my baby right there with me. Christina was very good about incorporating strength training, cardio, and changing up the routines every time. She definitely helped get me back into shape postpartum! Totally recommend!

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Express Mobile Fitness
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Aditya G.
Verified review

Denise is really fun to train with. She includes martial arts like boxing and kickboxing into her workouts and makes cardio fun even for someone who abhors cardio like me. She listens to me and works around my limitations to help me workout better. She's also quite punctual. I'd definitely recommend her to anyone looking to get a trainer and even to those not looking for one.

One Stop Fitness
4.6
from 13 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Carmen S.
Verified review

One stop fitness really meets my needs and works with me where my current physical abilities are and doesn’t try to push me to work harder than what I’m capable of the trainer is very knowledgeable about physiology and that’s helpful and comforting for me because I’ve had some physical limitations due to accidents and the trainer is working with me to strengthen muscles which will help me be fit and stronger while also working on lowering my weight with cardio exercises

J+K Fitness Studio
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Ricardo C.
Verified review

If you want to raise the bar and challenge yourself, Jae and Scott are your men. I have been training with the two of them alternately for about a year and a half now. These guys push me beyond my limits. After each session, I literally have almost no breath left. I can only breathe a sigh of relief that I survive. When I decided to work with a personal trainer, my goals are pretty straightforward. I want more muscle tone and definition, gain strength, and maintain a leaner frame. Realistically, I probably will not be able to achieve the desired results if I do it on my own. Prior to training with Jae for the first time, I remember Jae asking me if I do not mind being pushed. With no hesitation, my response was, “No, I do not mind being pushed”. Perhaps I should thought about his question a little longer. Day one, Jae did not waste any time. The difficulty level on my exercise was upped by several notches. It was intense with almost no recovery time in between exercises. It felt like a punishment. In the first few minutes of the session with Jae, I was bathing with my own sweat. Fast forward, every time I meet with Jae, I still sometimes get nervous and doubt my capability to finish my exercise routine. At the end of each session, however, I feel I gain instant results. My body does feel a lot tighter, especially my arms and upper body. Scott, on the other hand, always changes the routine. My exercise routines with him are not predictable, which proves to be effective in my case. My muscles do not get complacent. He would make me do, for example, different variations of push-ups… push-up on a bosu ball, push-up using dumb bells, push-up on one leg, push-up with one arm, push-up with no hands (just kidding!). And those cardio exercises… not my favorite. These are incredibly exhausting! These, however, are the types of exercises that I probably need the most. I would not normally do these on my own. In addition, I should mention that Scott is pretty cool and fun to train with. Although the routines are tough, humor made the session bearable. Lastly, Scott typically spends the last few minutes of the session with stretching, which is nice. It relaxes my muscles after a long intense and vigorous workout…

  • 10 years in business
Sharon S.
Verified review

It’s always a pleasure training with Dominic. Our sessions are fun and he’s very knowledgeable. He answers all my fitness and nutrition questions. He created a diet plan breaking down each meal by calories, protein, complex carbs, and fat. We do high intensity training to resistance and a hybrid style cross fit without the dangerous heavy weight. I love that he pays close attention to my form and corrects it when needed. I never knew I’ve been using some machines incorrectly for a long time. Once he showed me the right way, I felt an immediate difference. I also like that we do boxing instead of boring cardio. I have stripped 9% of my total body fat and I only know that because he does a full workup on BMI, Weight, Body Fat % and measures everything in order to show my progress and keep me on track to reach my goal ASAP. He will keep you motivated and not let you cheat. For the first time I look forward to training (even though I’m constantly sore now) because he always switches the workout types and exercises. I’ve seen many trainers and have had a few as well. None were like him. Thanks Dominic for always pushing me and making sure I give nothing less than 110% You’re the best trainer ever!

Serenity Marshall
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
PebV V.
Verified review

Serenity has been my personal trainer for the last 6 months. Serenity is a great listener and keeps her training aligned with my physical strength, always kicking it up a notch each week, so that I'm gaining strength over time. She has a great personality, is patient and extremely knowledgeable about strength and cardio training. Her advice and physical physique are inspiring. I look forward to our weekly sessions because she mixes up the exercises and I get a great balanced workout each week. I highly recommend her as she's one of the best trainers around.

Monsterallfitness
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Karen R.
Verified review

Personal Trainer Martin Villanueva In 2013, I began an ambitious plan to lose weight and “get in shape.” I was in such poor condition that I had difficulty breathing when I walked. I hadn’t done any exercise at all for 40 years. I hated the idea of exercise, but I knew I had to do something for my health. I met Martin, and asked him to help me. He began with simple exercises at my level giving me encouragement to continue with both cardio and resistance. We progressed at a pace just challenging enough to keep me trying, but not too difficult to be discouraging. Martin is a good listener. He used a variety of exercises so I would not get bored. He helped me with fitness and with nutrition to reach my goals for a healthy lifestyle change. I lost 90 pounds and have kept it off for 4 years and still counting. Karen Rice

House of Hustle Gym
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Maxx M.
Verified review

My original goal was to lose 50 lbs. From 250 to 200. The final photo, I weigh in at 185. The purpose was to reach a healthy weight in which I could be more active out doors. Kickball, Hiking, Swimming. Etc. I like to climb mountains, and being 250lbs, made that feat seem impossible. When I hit my goal weight, I climbed Mt. Baldy, 10,000 feet of incline, in one day. When I started, I knew nothing about eating correctly, supplements, the right amount of cardio, weight training. As Keith took me under his muscular wing, I started to feel better about myself, each time I went to the gym. Just having a tiny bit of confidence, knowing which machine to use and how to properly do a squat, made me feel better about myself. Working with Keith has kept me hitting my goals, allowed me to properly train and repair the damage I've done to my knees, and made working out fun, because I have a friend there to push me along when I don't push myself. I believe Keith is the right amount of push and kindness when it comes to looking for a trainer. He knew my limits, and he pushed me to them every time, without feeling like I was putting my health at risk.

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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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