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Top 10 Boot Camp Instructors near Merrillville, IN

Top Pro
5.0
from 53 reviews
5.0
(53)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 13 years in business
  • 107 hires on Thumbtack
"I started training with Chad in August of 2016 until July of 2017, and let’s just say that it made a difference. A little background about why I decided to get a trainer: I got engaged in July of 2016 and my fiancée and I decided to have our wedding the following year (in July). I noticed that I wasn’t making the best choices for a healthy life (I.e. not exercising enough, bad food choices, not doing strength training, etc). I wanted to look good for my wedding. So I made the decision to change my lifestyle to being a little bit more active and making better choices when it came to food. From the beginning, Chad asked me what my goals were and made sure I was successful in achieving them. His prices are not that bad either and are pretty affordable. After a a couple of months of training with him, my family, friends, fiancé, and including myself noticed how I have lost weight and was a bit more toned. I was happy for the first time in years with my body. Before having a trainer, I would only do cardio. However, after I began training with Chad, he taught me that cardio wasn’t the only thing I should be doing. He taught me strength training with the weights and with my body. I definitely learned a lot a with him. In the beginning it was hard and there were a couple of times I wanted to quit because I wasn’t seeing results right away. However, I kept on going because I knew it would take time. I’m glad I did because I noticed changes in myself. I noticed I had more energy and stregnth. I was sad that I had to stop having Chad as my trainer (I moved down to Florida in August). I have to say that after moving down here, I still incorporate many of the things Chad taught me about stregnth training and cardio into my workouts. If you are looking for a trainer, I would definitely hire Chad!"
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Top Pro
5.0
from 41 reviews
5.0
(41)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 4 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
"Andrew is great. He's fun and kicks my butt. The workouts are tough but when you have someone like Andrew to motivate and push you it's always a good time. He's always aware and careful of my personal limitations due to bad knees. I really couldn't ask for a better trainer. 👍👍👍"
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5.0
from 11 reviews
5.0
(11)
  • 10 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
"I feel so fortunate to have met Bob. I was in a car accident and having terrible back issues. I was under the care of a pain management specialist and still not getting much relief. I decided to start training with Bob to build my core strength. He reviewed my MRI and we started a training program. I can’t believe how much better I am feeling. I used to have consistent back pain and now I only have a bad day here and there. I started because of my back issues but I continue training because I am amazed at how far I have come and realize when I don't train my back starts bothering me and the sciatica returns. I didn't go into this to lose weight or get a toned body. I just wanted to feel better. The bonus is… I have lost weight…lost inches and I really enjoy getting these weekly workouts in. I love that Bob is always there for you, listens to your concerns, modifies exercises for your health concerns and always has great motivating suggestions. He always has a great variety of workouts and his quick wit will keep you on your toes."
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4.6
from 16 reviews
4.6
(16)
  • 8 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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"They came and fixed my door so that it will close. There was time left in the hour so they also fixed a shelf that had ripped out of the drywall in my closet. I will definitely call them again. They were very nice and professional."
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5.0
from 10 reviews
5.0
(10)
"I'm so incredibly happy I started working with JFIT. Joshua is a very knowledgeable trainer and has pushed me to the next level in my personal goals. I'm a 13 yrs military veteran and I can tell you that working with JFIT has significantly improved my fitness test scores. I highly recommend JFIT. Joshua designes training tailored towards individual clients not a "one size fits all". Give him a call...he'll be your best personal investment with an immediate return."
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5.0
from 10 reviews
5.0
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  • 4 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
"I like him as a trainer because he stays focused on you while training. I have had other trainers who are mire interested in others in the gym than training me. Also, he doesn't put me on a machine and walk away, he's active with each exercise. His training is always different, it is never cookie cutter, the same exercise all of the time."
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5.0
from 9 reviews
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"I recently moved and switched workout facilities. I was very apprehensive about going to a new place not knowing anyone. Needless to say I took one of Danielle's classes and she introduced herself before and chatted after class making me feel very welcome, not to mention her class challenged me! I started personal training with her and I'm hooked! Danielle's very goal orientated, introduces new routines, helps with diet and nutrition. She pushes me when I need it! I've enjoyed her personal training classes. Danielle focuses on helping you reach your personal goals! I've learned so much from her. She helped me establish a weight training program in addition targeting the entire body along with cardio. Danielle gives 100 percent and her high energy motivates everyone!"
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4.9
from 11 reviews
4.9
(11)
  • 7 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
"Evaluated my conditioning needs and provided advice and a plan to regain the strength in my leg. Emphasized, posture, flexibility, and balance, along with strength training. Thoroughly explained the need for proper technique."
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5.0
from 7 reviews
5.0
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  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
"Jordan is one of the most practical and knowledgeable trainers I have ever had the good fortune to train with. If you choose to train with him, you are half way to accomplishing your goal. He will instruct you in the other half when you get there."
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5.0
from 7 reviews
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  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
"" I was extremely intimidated by the whole "gym" idea. I knew nothing about how to work the machines, let alone what exercises to do (how often and how many), etc. This kept me out of the gym for years. After finally getting enough courage to go in and actually start a membership, I knew right away that the ONLY way I would actually get use out of the membership would be if I was seeing a trainer. I needed a reason to force myself to go every day. In my time training with Ben, I have become a lot more comfortable with the gym environment, as well as with myself. I am beginning to feel good about myself which is definitely a first in my life. I feel comfortable knowing that when I come in, he has taken the time to plan a workout that is best for me, as well as being there to make sure that I am doing everything correctly. Achieving the best possible results makes everything worth it. If I was working out alone, there would be a lot of stuff I never try, not knowing what to do or not to do. Ben is always available when I have questions about something or when I am wondering why I am doing something a specific way. He always pushes me, usually way harder than I would push myself (Obviously it must work because I am still going and that last rep didn't kill me). He is actually interested in his clients reaching their goals. When he is working with you, he is 100% focused on what you are doing. If I were entering the gym on my own, I would never have worked on my arms because I only wanted to work on my stomach. Ironically, my arms are what I get the most compliments about now. I have learned that you can't focus on just one part of your body and progress evenly. I consider myself lucky to go through this experience. I have seen many people who went through negative experiences with trainers. They never come back to the gym. For me, training has only been beneficial. I am glad to have had my experience with a great trainer." - Bonnie "
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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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