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5.0
from 8 reviews
5.0
(8)
GREAT VALUE
  • 19 years in business
"I have been training with The Perfect Workout for several years, after loosing 100+ lbs on my own the strength training program offered here helped me tighten and tone and gave me back the butt I lost when my weight came off! I would recommend this workout to anyone it is safe and effective and quick. The entire staff at any studio I have attended is very friendly and I get the chance to work with multiple trainers which allows me to learn something new from each one person!"
$25
estimated cost
5.0
from 36 reviews
5.0
(36)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 7 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
"Hmmm... I'm not really sure how to write a review for this guy without sounding like a cheesy advertisement, but really, that's just how wonderful he was. I've been a long distance runner since I was 12 (I'm 26 now) and cardio has always been my preferred exercise. I've been plagued with injuries off and on for the last couple years so I decided I would give personal training a shot, learn how to sculpt and work out my body in a different way. I am so glad Manuk was up to the task. He sat me down and asked me exactly what I wanted to accomplish during our time together and what my long term goals were. He gave me an overview of what he thought the best plan was to meet these goals and always answered my persistent (and annoying) questions. One of my biggest problems with being in the gym and trying to convert to a healthier life style is accountability. I can work hard in the gym with Manuk three days a week, but it's the times that I wasn't with Manuk that made it hard because it was easy to "cheat". Manuk makes himself accessible to his clients. He encourages you to share apps such as my fitbit and my fitness pal to help with your nutrition, he encourages you to text him when you have questions... and I do mean any question. This guy even gave me tips on what booze would be least damaging to meeting my goals when it came time to go on vacation with my friends. The most helpful thing about Manuk, however, is how much he cares. There were times were I had personal things going on in my life that really affected my performance when I would meet with him, but he would be right there in that moment with me telling me he understands and encouraging me to use that in our work outs. And it worked. I, unfortunately, had to move 400 miles away for work and family, but I have yet to really click with any fitness instructor or trainer the way I did with Manuk. He's just that genuine (something I'm finding out is pretty hard to come by in this industry) and just that great. "
$50
estimated cost
5.0
from 6 reviews
5.0
(6)
  • 1 year in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"Training with boote fitness was one of the best decisions I've ever made! Juliana has helped me stay motivated and achieve my goals. Our sessions are actually fun and enjoyable. Thanks boote fitness!"
$50
estimated cost
Top Pro
5.0
from 13 reviews
5.0
(13)
  • 9 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
"Kelly is great! She really cares about you as an individual and your goals. She's incredibly receptive to what you are looking for and how she can help you specifically. As someone who has always been involved with fitness/working out she understood my needs and listened to exactly what I was looking for. She is also incredibly supportive and looks at fitness holistically - including mental health; a huge part others often forget! Thanks Kelly!"
$60
estimated cost
5.0
from 7 reviews
5.0
(7)
GREAT VALUE
  • 49 years in business
"I've trained with Derek and the experience was exceptional. Derek is kind, polite and dedicates his time to helping me achieve my health and fitness goals. He is very professional and takes his job as a trainer seriously. I've had super results because of Derek and I continue with the workout plan that he has developed for me. There are many trainers out there but Derek is exceptional!"
$30
estimated cost
4.9
from 17 reviews
4.9
(17)
  • 26 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
"From the beginning I knew Dani would be an exceptional trainer. She really listened to my fitness goals and then in our first session showed me how to achieve them. Weight loss, strength training and overall endurance. Two years later and I can't recommend Dani enough. Only be with her if you want serious training which is what I've received."
$50
estimated cost
5.0
from 18 reviews
5.0
(18)
  • 16 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
"John is very knowledgeable on different workouts for targeting each and every muscle group. He helped me, on a 6 week time frame, get ready for the physical fitness and cardio of a 6 month academy. I highly recommend Granger Fitness and Defense for your personal needs. He is no nonsense and very honest with you from the start. Thanks John"
$50
estimated cost
5.0
from 6 reviews
5.0
(6)
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"Sabra was such a pleasure to work with! I am pregnant for the first time and wanted someone who had experience with training during pregnancy! She recommended equipment that allowed safe and effective workouts! She was easy going and always on time! She was able to travel to my house which made things much easier for myself! Such a pleasure to work with! "
$60
estimated cost
5.0
from 18 reviews
5.0
(18)
  • 5 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
"I have been working with Krisztian for about 2 months now with my main goals being to lose fat, increase strength, and increase cardiovascular endurance. I weighed in at 206 lbs at my initial assessment and was pretty out of shape, so much so that I was unable to finish the initial assessment workout. I started working with Krisztian 3 times a week following his prescribed workouts under his careful supervision and I am down to about 190 lbs after 2 months. In addition to the workouts - and more importantly, in my opinion - Krisztian helped keep me honest nutritionally by having me log my diet via the MyFitnessPal app. He would review what I ate and give me tips to help me on my way. He was also very realistic with his expectations, knowing that I couldn't eat clean 100% of the time. A little cheat meal here and there was allowed as long as they were within reason. I'm still about 20 lbs away from my goal but I feel I have made solid progress while working with Krisztian. In addition to being an excellent trainer, he is also very personable and easy to work with. Another important factor for me was the gym where we worked out at: York's Core and Fitness. I am not a big fan of the traditional 24 Hour Fitness / Gold's Gym type settings with a bunch of weights and machines. York's Core and Fitness is nothing like your typical big chain gym and promotes functional training which I'm all about. No matter where you are fitness-wise, I highly recommend working with Krisztian to get where you want to be."
$60
estimated cost
4.9
from 73 reviews
4.9
(73)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 21 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
"Jonathan got me into incredible shape. I was out of shape and chubby prior to seeing Jonathan. Now I'm lean, stronger, and at a healthy weight. Also, he is a great martial arts and Krav Maga coach. I've been training Krav classes elsewhere but not getting the results I wanted. Now my punches, kicks, maneuvers, and techniques are on point."
$85
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.

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.

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