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5.0
from 21 reviews
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GREAT VALUE
  • 8 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
"Jeremiah is a caring and professional trainer. Highly recommend!"

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4.9
from 31 reviews
4.9
(31)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 5 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
"I am a 73-year-old, recently retired corporate executive. I made a commitment to myself as I entered retirement to take advantage of my new found free time. My goal is to increase my physical mobility, my balance and improve my posture. I started with a membership at a local gym. I contacted a trainer at the gym with the goals that I stated above. She gave me some exercises and stretches. After several weeks of the gym I felt there was something missing to accomplish my goals. That is when I looked at the internet to find not only a trainer but someone who understood my condition as well as my goals. Patrick is not only a trainer but is also a physical therapist. Patrick has experience with a variety of ages focusing on optimizing performance instead of fixing problems. This combination plus his experience gives him the knowledge to properly address my needs. Patrick has converted his home into a gym that has the same equipment of my new gym plus more. I now have a full set of exercises and stretches that I use to exercise in my home. I get as much or more from my home exercise as I do using free weights in the gym. In six short weeks, I feel that I have added strength and increased my flexibility. I am a long way from reaching my goals but I feel I am headed in the right direction. I would recommend that you contact Patrick for an evaluation."
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Top Pro
5.0
from 6 reviews
5.0
(6)
  • 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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Top Pro
4.9
from 10 reviews
4.9
(10)
  • 3 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
"Steven is the best trainer I have ever had! He really cares about his clients and his program is super fun!"
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5.0
from 11 reviews
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IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 7 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
"Melanie is an amazing trainer! She's motivating, supportive & understanding while working you to your full potential. So glad i found her!!"
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5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 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
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 28 years in business
"As a coach / counselor, Chad is a great listener. He's able to quickly get to core issues and help people develop a durable plan. I was in and unhelpful belief system that kept me stuck emotionally and literally. I had been living only athome, work and walmart for 6 years. My job was hurting my health and I felt hopeless about finding an alternative job. Chad helped me through limitating belief, help me find hope, adventure, purpose, a strong faith and a plan for the future. He belived in me when I didnt, kept me focused and never gave up on me. If you're stuck like I was and want more from your life, I hope you let Chad help. Rafika Burns Missouri / Indonesia"
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5.0
from 2 reviews
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"Smart, dedicated and talented, Ashley is a breath of fresh air to the fitness industry in Iowa."
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5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 1 year in business
"Really helps keep you going and is one of the best trainers I've seen. I almost lost about 40 pounds with his advice"
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5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 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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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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