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Chitown Trainer
5.0
from 87 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 179 hires on Thumbtack
Sara B.
Verified review

Before I met Konrad, I struggled mightily with trying to lose weight and improve my fitness. I tried different diets, none of them worked. Tried different one size fits all exercise programs, they were too difficult, and I ended up getting hurt. After meeting Konrad, however, all of that changed. The first thing I noticed was how important it was to him that I met my goals, and that he would do whatever he could to help. Right away, I was impressed that Konrad is in graduate school at Northwestern to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy, as well as his top line health and fitness certifications, so I knew he would be the perfect person to help me out. As my trainer, Konrad developed a diet plan for me that was easy to follow and focused on eating wholesome, nutritious foods. Protein and produce, less ingredients, less processed foods. Secondly, I was impressed at the breadth of knowledge Konrad had as he led me through different workouts. His workouts were designed to target specific muscle groups, in order to strengthen my whole body and improve my functional fitness. I could tell that he actually paid attention to my fitness level, as each subsequent workout continued to challenge me, ensuring my progress. His workouts are always different and exciting, and I left each session feeling like I had accomplished something. He was also very attentive and easy to talk to, he knows so much about how the body actually works! Any question I asked him, he provided an easy to understand answer, without getting too much into the science behind it-a true indicator that he knows his craft! Between the diet and the training I did with Konrad, I managed to lose 30 pounds in 6 months and I am now pain free! I would highly recommend Konrad and his team at Chitown Trainer for any health related needs. He's a true professional, and I would imagine there aren't many other places out there that do as good a job as Chitown Trainer.

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Weightloss Transformation
4.9
from 60 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 130 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
Rachel L.
Verified review

This has been the first time for me hiring a personal trainer and I am extremely happy I found JT. When I went on Thumbtack, I was mostly looking for a trainer to help with motivation, form, and guidance with daily nutrition. JT is very down to earth, knowledgable, and patient especially when teaching me new moves and making sure I have the correct form. I have been training with JT for the past 2.5 months and it's amazing how far I have come and how much stronger I am overall after working with him. Thanks JT! :)

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  • 27 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kimberly K.
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Raven, has been awesome. He has been everything that I was looking for in a trainer and more. He is very supportive and cares a lot about your personal goals. I am very glad that I selected him to do my training. My training is very personalized and I have many issues including nutrition and health that he has been able to address and is continuing to help me with. Besides, I feel very secure and trusting when I work with him!

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Daniel Chisholm LLC
4.9
from 38 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 226 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Eric N.
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I was doing high intensity interval training, which caused serious injuries to my knee and shoulder, so I wanted to get back into full body resistance training and cardio. After reading reviews, I chose Dan. It has been a wonderful ride ever since. He's very smart, thoughtful, and incredibly enthusiastic. He spends a great deal of time tracking your numbers so that there is genuine accountability as to the extent of your progress. After I saw the orthopedist about my shoulder and went to physical therapy, Dan took the recommended physical therapy exercises and integrated them directly into my workouts. Very creative; very cool. He's easy to communicate by text or email, and incredibly responsive. He's also very knowledgeable about the Chicago performing arts scene, which I enjoy discussing with him. Bottom line: I'm getting stronger; feeling more fit and confident; and not getting injured. Dan's been great.

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Physical Peak
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jeff B.
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Elijah is great to work with... if you want to experience a professional training session you will not be disappointed with Elijah. I see the results already

Clear Mountain Fitness
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
Samantha R.
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I worked out with Nick for a summer while I was training for a half-marathon. He had a great mix of HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workouts that we did each week, which always kicked my butt. I saw great results and it was definitely worth it having a personal trainer who pushes you and motivates you to be better. He'll always provide modifications for different workouts, depending on your fitness level and what you're capable of. I would highly recommend him to anyone.

Hilltop Fitness Inc.
4.7
from 27 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle G.
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Josh is great to work with for your fitness needs. My husband and I hired him for at home personal training. He uses customized exercises to help my husband and I reach our fitness goals. Additionally, he has a great positive energy that helps us get in the right mindset. His educational background is a plus as he can tell you the "why" behind your needs and exercises which I greatly appreciate. I would highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a personal trainer.

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MOR ATHLETIC
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 42 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!

Optimal Personal Training
4.9
from 22 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle F.
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I met Jenny about 7-8 months ago when she joined the HIIT training gym I had recently joined. Jenny has amazing knowledge about everything when it comes to working out & nutrition. I was VERY intimidated trying HIIT training but Jenny makes you feel comfortable while also pushing you to jump the next hurdle in your fitness journey. And she listens!! Sometimes I push myself too much all week & I at walk into my last class of the week and ask to just concentrate on my trouble areas and we DO!! I've gone from a size 12 to size 4/6 in less than 9 months- she's the best!!

ABF Athletics
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
Miesha E.
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Awesome 1st session. She pushed me until I was completely out of gas. She is the trainer/training I needed. Nutritional and mental

Balanced Fitness
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
ELISA Z.
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Private personal training at Balanced Fitness is the only way to get fit. Clean, bright work out space. Private one on one training. Great music and Gary makes every workout fun yet challenging. Never a dull moment at Balanced Fitness.

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  • 19 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rachel T.
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I contacted Jill about hiring an in home personal trainer for my 75 year old mother after she had achilles surgery and was done with physical therapy but still unable to function comfortably in everyday life. My mom has been training with Nicki for a few months (she told me in the beginning she was just going to do "a few sessions") and has improved wonderfully. My mother likes to say she "gave up a cruise" to train with Nicki, but she insists it is totally worth it! My mother is not an easy one to please, and was a hard sell for training in the first place. Kudos to Nicki for winning her over and making a difference!

Train In Home
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Michael C.
Verified review

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.

Flex Appeal Nation
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Tyfone R.
Verified review

My Personal Trainer was Christopher. I am in Chicago for an assignment with work. I have never had a personal trainer before, figured it was something i didnt need. I then researched trainers and came across Chris page on Craigslist. I read his add and seen his transformation he made which inspired me to want someone like that who personally made that huge change of being obese to fit. I am average build and was looking to be more fit. Chris offered a complementary workout which immediately sold me. I purchased a 5 week session of 3 days a week which Chris was able to offer not only a physical change but also mental as well as offered dietary advise and consultation. I was so please with his services and his ability to connect with someone on a training level and also build a friendship at the same time that I recommended a co worker. My co worker joined and began to train with me during my time frame which made it even better. I wish I could find a trainer in my home state of NY, however that would be asking to clone someone because that level of commitment, honesty, motivation and share basic humanity comes very rare. I would by far recommend Chris. Highly. Thank you Chris for what you do and how you do it. Thanks Tyfone K. Reed-Morales.

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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.
Verified review

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
Michael D.
Verified review

Coach Gil did a great job of helping me feel prepared for High School tryouts. I really liked how Coach made every drill helpful and fun to do. This made me look forward to every practice! Also, I like that Coach decided to work at the GenuWin training facility because there was plenty of room to do every drill. Coach Gil did a great job working with me and I definitely plan of working with him again.

  • 10 years in business
Bill H.
Verified review

Earlier this year I contacted Linda to discuss my need to improve my strength and overall fitness. By babying my bad knees for years I was in a position where my legs were very weak, I was overweight and my overall muscle tone was poor. Linda mapped out a nutrition plan and starting training me right away. I expected myself to fail since I had not exercised in 35 years! With Linda’s thoughtful and careful guidance I was able to gain confidence and ability each week. Within the first 6 weeks I was walking noticeably better and didn’t rely on Aleve to get me thru the day! For me thats amazing on its own! I can again walk up stairs two at a time, even with my bad knees! (Both are overdue for replacement!) Linda works with you to gain strength and balance and she teaches you on how to perfect your form, which is so important in exercise! Linda is an amazing personal trainer who is truly invested in helping you attain your fitness goals. We are currently working on an intensive “pre-hab” for my upcoming knee replacement. My orthopedic surgeon is totally impressed with my physical conditioning and weight loss achievements so far. He believes that it’s the best thing I could do to insure that my upcoming surgery is successful! My advise... don’t procrastinate any further, contact Linda Steel Training & Fitness and get moving on a better you!

WEBERCISE
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Nancy M.
Verified review

The flexibility of Webercise is the only way I can keep up with a training routine with two small children. Jerry is the best and has always been able to accommodate my schedule. The workouts themselves are just as good, if not better, than working out in a gym. We work with the equipment or furniture I have on hand which makes it easier for me to adapt to working out on my own. And contrary to what I thought before starting Webercise, he is fully able to see any corrections I need to make sure I’m doing everything right. I can’t say anything but positive things about Webercise.

Numoves Wellness, Inc.
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Patti W.
Verified review

Marissa is a fabulous, experienced, personable trainer--the right amount of pushing, the right amount of encouragement, a smart balance of nutrition, education, and of course, all muscle group work-outs. Marissa gave me the only weight loss plan that worked--and was not about deprivation. If Marissa didn't move so far away after our 3.5 years together, we'd still be training!

Too Much Me Fitness
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kim J.
Verified review

Marge really helped get my fitness and lifestyle changes on track with positivity and enthusiasm

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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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