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Chitown Trainer
5.0
from 87 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 179 hires on Thumbtack
Aditya D.
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Chitown trainers are phenomenal. Matt is a very strong motivator and extremely knowledgable about muscle groups, nutrition and general fitness. I've been training with Matt for about 6 months and have lost 6% body fat and gained good quantities of muscle. I'd recommend Chitown to anyone who wants to get fit in a healthy way, but is unsure about the path

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Weightloss Transformation
4.9
from 61 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tonya V.
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I started working with Weightloss Transformation a little over a year ago. I have lost 30lbs and reached a healthy weight, but more importantly have found new energy and improved mindset from working out regularly. Patrick is a master motivator and lives what he preaches. He takes the success of his clients to heart and you will not find a more dedicated, professional and effective personal home fitness training company to work with. I feel fortunate to have found this company and would give them my highest recommendation.

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JT Baginski CSCS
4.9
from 55 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sean M.
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Been working out here for half a year and training couldn't be better. Noticing great results with fitness program. Would recommend for anyone wanting a structured workout schedule or self improvement.

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  • 27 years in business
  • 93 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stephen Z.
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Raven was an awesome person to work with. He was definitely the most helpful coach that I've worked with, and I learned a lot more about nutrition and fitness because of him. He is extremely knowledgeable about fitness and nutrition, and I would recommend him to anyone who is looking to begin and/or improve on living a healthy lifestyle!

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  • 19 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Josh B.
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Shawn taught me so much in our time spent together. I have full confidence in his training styles and methods to get anyone to the fitness level they expect. Absolutely someone to hire, and I will recommend him who wants an honest, knowledgeable, and experienced fitness professional.

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Daniel Chisholm LLC
4.9
from 38 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 234 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amy H.
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Dan has been training me for the past 8 weeks and since we started working together, I've seen an incredible improvement in my strength, and my figure--this week I was able to fit back into my favorite pair of work pants that I haven't been able to fit in, in a year! When I first met with Dan I hadn't worked out in literally 2 years and was really nervous about all of it; however, Dan devoted an entire session to simply understanding me, the current state of my health, my habits, and helped me define where I wanted to be in my ideal future state. Dan then put together a customized program to ensure we could get there. As a woman, my one of my biggest concern was around "bulking up" from weight training as my body type lends itself to this if I'm not careful. I shared this with Dan and despite what I was sure would happen after the weight training, he's somehow made plan that made me smaller and noticeably toned up, and definitely not bulkier! In parallel, Dan has also really helped me with my poor eating habits--I'm a busy executive with little time to care or prepare food that is consistently healthy--and I sure do love Chicago cuisine. But every visit Dan would casually ask me what I planned to eat for the week and then give me directives on best options, grocery store lists, crackpot recipes, how to store my food, when to prepare it, and even where I can stop on the way home to get what I need for the next day :). . Dan has been a God send and reinvigorated my belief that I can take care of my health, actually meet my fitness goals, and truly enjoy it. I've absolutely loved, enjoyed, and seen results from every single session with Dan. I can't rave enough about how great a trainer he is and his attention to every aspect of his clients fitness, and overall well-being!!

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Physical Peak
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Donna H.
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I am 61 and decided to get back in control of my physical fitness and was looking for a trainer. Just a few minutes into talking with Elijah, and I knew it was going to be a good fit for me. I really wanted to commit to a trainer, but I had no idea how much I was going to really enjoy it. Oh, it's very challenging at times, but Elijah picks up quickly on one's motivation, capability and desire and matches your workout accordingly. Elijah works with all ages so don't be shy! Down almost 4% in body fat in 90 days and just signed up for my next 90! Do it!!! Sign up now!!!

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MOR ATHLETIC
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mohit G.
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I worked with John approx 2-3x/month over a 6 month period and accomplished everything that we set out to do - I lost weight, gained muscle tone, increased my cardio fitness (I was training to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro), and he made sure that I would leave our sessions having a plan and the knowledge to work out consistently on my own. John was extremely flexible, even if it was minutes before the session. When he was working out with you- he gave you all his attention - he was never on the phone working, texting, or seeming uninterested. Our sessions were fun, varied, and he pushed me the right amount. John is great trainer and just a really good person. I unfortunately moved away from the city, otherwise I'd be working with him still!

Hilltop Fitness Inc.
4.7
from 27 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
Kenzie B.
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Love love love Hilltop fitness!!! The classes are great and Josh makes it so much fun. I have never really enjoyed working out, and now I look forward to getting sweaty and stronger all while having a good time. Cant say enough great things about Hilltop fitness!!

Optimal Personal Training
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Mark R.
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I love that they focus on the total health experience, exercise, nutrition, etc. Also, I'm really pleased as to how they personalize the program to meet my specific fitness level. So far, so good!

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  • 19 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bette J.
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I highly recommend Jill and her team from Destination Fitness. I used her trainer Suzanne to have her help me with strengthening and balancing exercises after my knee surgery. I really loved the water exercises she created for me. After working with Suzanne, my doctor was so impressed with my quick recovery. I can't thank Jill & Suzanne for helping me get back on my feet again.

Balanced Fitness
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Rochelle S.
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I have been working with Balanced Fitness for over 15 years. Gary Clark is knowledgeable and tailors each person's routine to his/her abilities and goals. Gary is very flexible as to scheduling and my privacy needs are respected. I would recommend Balanced Fitness highly.

Train In Home
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Michael C.
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Jessica is a wonderful trainer that truly knows her stuff. In the time that we have worked together what sets her apart is the way that she takes the time to explain how and why the workouts and exercises work so well. Her knowledge of Fitness Training techniques is bar none and I would recommend her to anyone who is looking to improve their health and well-being through exercise.

Prime Fitness Grayslake
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Denise S.
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I would like to take this opportunity to recommend Chris Dagley who is an extremely knowledgeable and dedicated personal trainer. The results I have achieved to date are largely due to Chris’s perfect combination of diverse training methods, individualized exercise programs and challenging yet achievable goal setting. His professionalism, extensive knowledge and enthusiastic commitment to his work and ultimately his clients, provides the perfect scenario for success and sets foundations for a new and healthier lifestyle. He instills confidence and encouragement to make you want to work further and apply yourself more diligently. Chris has motivated me to levels of personal fitness that I could not have achieved on my own. I can highly recommend him without any reservations.

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Alex Cook Health
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Missy B.
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Once in a while you meet someone who is able to inspire you the way Alex does! I started training with Alex having no experience with fitness/working out...my first day, I joked saying "I want to lose 50 pounds" I didn't believe it would ever happen (I've always been the chubby girl) Alex taught me all about what I could do, taught me the things I need to be eating, and what limits I could push myself to! In 9 months I lost 50 pounds! He was my coach, my therapist, my champion when I was down! In many ways my best friend! He pushed me, never let me give up! To this day I know I can call him anytime and he will be there for me! He has seen me through my toughest times! So yes sometimes you meet someone who is a game changer, that's Alex!

  • 11 years in business
Chris B.
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We have had our son train with Gil for 3 years now. We are thrilled with the results that we have seen with our son. Gil's positive attitude towards his training and instruction methods are perfect for our son. We immediately noticed a greater confidence on the field. Gil has a unique method that is facts based, to measure the improvement in bat speed, as well as throwing velocity. He works tirelessly, patiently and positively to help improve each players skills. He uses statistics to show players where they fit with national statistics. Gil also stresses the mental side of the game to go along with the physical. That may be the most important difference between Gil and other trainers.

Fuel Your Training
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Janeen M.
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Fuel your training workouts have been a super positive experience for me! My friend and I were working out with another trainer at the gym and the trainer suddenly stopped answering our calls. Vera and I are good friends and we use the workouts to push each other and connect on a weekly basis. FYT came to our rescue!! Linda and Johnny realized that what we need is a total body workout and proceeded to teach us about proper nutrition and habits. I am inspired each week to keep this up and further challenge myself the rest of the week Cardio Cardio Cardio !!! Linda is our primary trainer who is very informed and motivating! Johnny backs her up too . I greatly appreciate their professionalism and flexibility. I would recommend them to my best friends.

Vitality
4.4
from 9 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Kathie R.
Verified review

Matt is very knowledgeable, pleasant, patient, professional and postive. He has trained me in a gym environment, home environment and sent workouts to me while I travel for business. He is very good at what he does. I look forward to our work outs, and have experienced awesome results from working with Matt.

  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kitty D.
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Alex truly caters to the individual needs of his clients. He takes a comprehensive/holistic approach to training. He integrates personal knowledge, experience, and evidence-based research into the decision making process when determining the best fitness, recovery and nutrition plan for helping his clients. He is a wealth of knowledge and willingly shares information that he gains from attending continuing education courses/certification programs. Alex has numerous certifications and the personal experience to teach both conventional and unconventional training methods. I started 1:1 coaching with Alex in July of 2016. In addition to training 3 days per week with Alex, he provided me with the knowledge and tools to train on my own on our off days. Prior to starting my program with Alex, I worked out occasionally and was what I would consider to be “skinny fat”. I have always been slender and decently fit but would fatigue quickly with even the slightest amount of physical activity. Not only has Alex helped me achieve my top physical condition but also the best health. Alex helped develop a nutrition/meal plan for me that was effective and most importantly functional. I now feel confident in my ability to perform workouts independently and make responsible food choices. I feel like I am actively involved in the process. On days I feel like skipping a workout or a meal, Alex positively encourages me to stay on track. He has recommended several books and meditation programs to build my mind to be as strong as my body. I have done 1:1 coaching with Alex and have also been enrolled in his semi-private kettle bell, steel mace, and battle rope boot camps for almost a year. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED coaching with Alex! He is a great coach, teacher, motivator and mentor!

  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jerry H.
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The story begins about 6 years ago, when I met Steve at Xsport Fitness in Libertyville IL. I was working, and still work with another trainer over there, but Steve and I immediately hit it off as friends. He always took the time out of his busy day in between clients when I was there, to stop by and ask how I was doing, and offer encouragement and compliments, of which I really appreciated and always remembered. I was involved in many of the Xsport weight loss competitions they have called the GetFit Challenge, of which many of Steve's clients were also involved in as well. I have won 2 of them myself, and I know Steve has had numerous winners of that challenge as well. So when my current trainer was having a hard time fitting me in for an extra day at the gym, I knew who I should call, and I am glad I called Steve Steve. He was still the very friendly and professional guy I used to know at Xsport, and he was very flexible in working me into his schedule to allow me to stay on track with my fitness goals. He works me out differently than any other trainer I have ever had, and I get a great workout when I'm with him. He seems to always have something different to do. On top of that, it's hard for me to get my heart rate up, but he pushes me just that much to do that! God works in mysterious ways, and He was at work here when I was in need. Thanks Steve, I appreciate it!

  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Dan T.
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I met Ro through a mutual friend a few years ago. I have been a triathlete for about five years but, the past two years I have given up running and focused more on cycling and swimming. Between teaching a spin class, swimming 3 miles a week, and biking 80 plus miles a week I noticed I just wasn’t recovering fast enough from all the exercise. I sat down with Ro for a one on one consultation. Ro dissected my entire nutrition habits. She took in account for everything I ate from the time I woke up until the time I went to bed, Monday through Sunday. After her analysis of the results she noticed my carb intake was much higher than my protein intake . She introduced me to some foods I never thought I would ever eat like quinoa and tofu. She took my food list and substituted these items for some of the carbs I could take out of my diet. Thanks to Ro I feel my recovery time has been shortened and I can expedite my recovery time. Ro checks in with me on a monthly basis to make sure I’m still on pace. If it wasn’t for this help from Ro I would still be scratching my head searching the Internet for what I’m doing wrong. I owe her a big thanks. Dan T

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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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