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Top 10 Agility Trainers near Merrillville, IN

4.9
from 10 reviews
4.9
(10)
GREAT VALUE
  • 3 years in business
"Genevieve is a very warm and welcoming person while a the same time remaining the consummate professional. It is not easy for people to admit that food is part of their health problems and even if we do admit it, it is just as hard to take the steps necessary to correct them. I sought out Gen's help because of a fairly serious car accident I had in China. I needed to recover and under the doctor's strict advice, I needed to lose weight in a healthy way and keep it off if I was going to still be walking when I am 60. My knee and lower back were injured in the accident which made exercising difficult. Even with physical therapy, I wasn't losing weight. I needed to face that fact that my diet was crap. That is when I found Gen. As I said, she is warm and welcoming which made it so much easier ask her for help. But she wasn't just here to make me feel better. She took all the information the doctors gave me, fully analyzed my situation, my PT schedule, my current diet, and my goals. She did a lot of research into my injuries and what kind of nutrition I would need to recover from them while also balancing my need to lose weight so I can enjoy an active life when I'm retired. After several weeks of consultations with her (all remotely as I am still in China), I now have a very long list of recipes that I enjoy cooking and eating, a way to calculate changes to my diet as I increase my exercise regimen, and most of all a very knowledgeable and exceptionally caring friend at hand to answer my smallest questions any time I need it. I still have a long way to go, but with Gen's help I am now 22 lbs lighter than when I started, I can run 10Km races without a problem, and my range of motion has gone from barely being able to tie my shoes to now doing 45 minutes of yoga 3 days a week. And all of this in just a year and a half after my accident. I feel better, think more positively, and the hankering for a huge cheeseburger for lunch has all but disappeared. It sucks it took a car accident for me to face the fact that I wasn't living a healthy life, but I am so glad that it led me to work with Gen."
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Top Pro
5.0
from 53 reviews
5.0
(53)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 13 years in business
  • 108 hires on Thumbtack
"Seems Knowledgeable about what im looking for. Hooe to get what the bidy i want with my trainers help. My trainer helps me train hard and eat right. I would recommend this comlany to anyone."
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4.9
from 48 reviews
4.9
(48)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 2 years in business
  • 88 hires on Thumbtack
"Raheem is a great trainer, definitely worth it! Ive worked with trainers before who seem to have a cookie cutter workout for everyone but this isnt the case with this trainer! He always has something new for me to do and it feels like he is tailoring my workout to my specific goals. He is very easy going and you can tell he takes pride in his craft!"
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5.0
from 11 reviews
5.0
(11)
  • 10 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
" I went to a personal trainer to improve my bone density. The Dr. wanted me to go on medication for osteopenia but I didn’t want to do that. So I started lifting weights. In the past whenever I tried to lift weights on my own I would hurt myself. I thought I’d try a personal trainer. Bob is my savior. I have been able to stay off medication and my bone density has remained stable. Bob knows just how much to push me for the best results without injury. This past summer I broke my ankle while hiking and he was still able to work around that injury and continue with my workouts. Bob always varies the workout and finds a way to make working out fun. "
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Top Pro
5.0
from 41 reviews
5.0
(41)
  • 4 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
"Love this place. Andrew is the man! I've been to lots of gyms over the years, and he has been the best trainer! I can't say enough good things about him. I hate working out and usually end up quitting because it gets boring or I just lose motivation. Andrew keeps it interesting and makes me want to come back every week. Dare I say he makes working out FUN?! Every session is different so you don't get bored doing the same thing over and over like with some trainers. He's very personable and talks to you the whole time which makes the sessions fly by. All of the exercises are challenging, making you actually work hard unlike some trainers who I feel like never pushed me to challenge myself. He's constantly motivating me when some times I feel like jello and just want to give up. He's very easy to talk to so it's not weird or awkward having someone train you one on one which was my biggest fear. It's a very laid back environment with him but he makes sure you're working hard while you're there at the same time. Beyond just working out, he's taught me a lot about diet and nutrition as well. The gym itself is very clean and organized. He actually cares about his clients which is a lot more than I can say for some other trainers. I highly recommend checking him out, you won't regret it!"
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4.9
from 8 reviews
4.9
(8)
  • 10 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
"The thing that sets Phil apart from other trainers is his sincere compassion for his clients. Phil wants nothing more than to see his clients succeed and he will do whatever it takes to accomplish that goal. "
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5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 11 years in business
"My goal was to lose an extra 20 pounds in order to be a kidney donor for my little brother. With Chabala’s training, support, and advice she helped me reach my goal. I will always be grateful to Chabala. She is very patient and understanding. Chabala is an amazing trainer and will be a great access to your company."
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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 7 years in business
"She kept me motivated, I needed help focusing. Fun work outs but very challenging which I needed. We did a lot of different workout with TRX and kettle bells. Highly recommend!"
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4.9
from 11 reviews
4.9
(11)
  • 7 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
"Roy does a great job customizing the work outs to your particular needs including the kinds of sports and other activities you engage in. His focus is on practical things like agility and balance that we all need and use in our daily lives. Roy also is a big student and advocate of motion which is the overarching context for each session. You won't go wrong with Roy. "
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5.0
from 6 reviews
5.0
(6)
"Been working with Jake for a couple of months now. He has helped make the gym a less intimidating place for me and actually makes me look forward to going. He’s a great trainer and motivates me to push myself and not give up. Highly recommend!"
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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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