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5.0
from 23 reviews
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GREAT VALUE
  • 8 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
"I enjoyed both the individual training and the few group sessions I attended with him."
$50
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5.0
from 10 reviews
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GREAT VALUE
"Personal training is so great with Angie - she's the perfect combination of tough and nice. She pushes you and encourages you, plus she's simply a great person to know. Between the exercise and the healthy eating tips, Fitness with Angie is the only place to go. "
$60
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4.9
from 31 reviews
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IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 5 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
"Working with Patrick was a tremendous help to my weight loss plan. I was able to get on track with my diet and excersise and had a great time with our sessions. I was able to loose 15 pounds and gain decent muscle within 2 months. The weightloss and strength building cut down on pain in my lower back and helped me become better knowledgeable of my health needs. Definately recommend Complete Home Welness for Training and Physical Therapy!"
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Top Pro
5.0
from 21 reviews
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IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 5 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
"Karlyn is awesome. She brings a lot of humor to her training and was super approachable with my newbie questions. She was great on responding and being flexible with scheduling."
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Top Pro
4.9
from 10 reviews
4.9
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  • 3 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
"I love working with Langleyfit! Steven is always on top of things and always willing to help and answer questions when needed! The workouts kick my ass but i love it!!!"
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Top Pro
5.0
from 6 reviews
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  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"Eric is a very qualified fitness trainer. He has many years of experience ranging from group boot camp classes to one on one personal training. I tried both the group oriented sessions and one on one personal training sessions. His work outs are challenging and bring results."
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5.0
from 1 review
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  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Becky is the best! There are no words to describe her passion for health, functional fitness and over all well being. Her credentials are countless. She is a wonderful educator and instructor. I would highly recommend Becky. "
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5.0
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  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"The trainers are amazing and truly care about their clients. They focus on form and injury prevention. They provide education and customize workouts to the individual, whether in a group or personal training setting."
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5.0
from 11 reviews
5.0
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  • 7 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
"Melanie has been training me for 3 weeks now & I'm loving it! She's motivating, pushes me when I need it and it so fun to workout with! I'm so glad I found her! I've ever enjoyed working out until now & it's because of her!"
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5.0
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5.0
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  • 5 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"I was very happy with the work done by these guys. I would definitely use them again and would strongly recommend them to anyone looking for professional work at a fair price"
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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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