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2. Nathan DeMetz Personal Training
from 19 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
"I am a medical professional who also serves in the military reserve. My initial over goal in choosing to work with a personal trainer was to increase upper body strength. I decided to go the route of an online personal trainer due to time constraints and hoping to do majority of the workouts either at home in my apartment or at the apartment fitness center where I live. Nathan was very thorough in utilizing his intake form by asking about what my fitness goal was in addition to asking about what kind of equipment or gym access I had in order to devise a workout plan that would work best for me. The initial week involved performing exercises that he assigned so that he could get a first look baseline at what I was capable of doing which enabled him to come up with a good following week workout plan for me. Within the first couple of weeks or so in working with Nathan, I was disrupted by being activated to respond to the Hurricane Harvey natural disaster. I let him know about my situation as I was only given a one day notification before I had to report and leave to go on a humanitarian mission. Nathan was very understanding of my situation and encouraged me to keep him updated if I could about when I might expect to return home so that we could continue on our journey together in helping me reach my physical fitness goals. I would have continued the workout while I was away, but I did not have access to any gyms or equipment that I needed in order to continue with the workouts that he had been assigning me. He ensured me that the weeks I missed due to my situation would not be deducted from the amount of time that I had paid for initially to train with him. After three weeks being away, I returned home and let Nathan know as soon as I knew when I expected to be back and was able to continue on with training with him. Throughout our time together, I continued to have interruptions in my schedule that made it challenging to work around such as an out of town medical conferences and long drill weekends that caused me not to have the typical access I expected to have to the few pieces of equipment that I made the decision to purchase to be able to perform my workouts in my apartment or my apartment fitness center. However, Nathan did a great job working with me in adjusting which days I would complete the workout in order to get it in. I fell ill with an upper respiratory virus a few weeks ago that caused me some energy loss and strength. I did the best I could during those workouts and made notes about how I was feeling and annotated the reasons why I thought I was only able to perform a certain amount of reps or run a certain speed/distance based on the energy level I felt that day. Nathan was encouraging and understanding and, if anything, supported my overall well-being with his feedback during that time and altered my workouts for those weeks in order to ensure that I was taking some time to rest and recover as well. I’ve felt my energy and strength have returned since then. I only have a couple weeks left with him in my training cycle and will soon be deploying where I will have limited access to the internet which is the main reason why I am ending my strength training subscription that I enrolled in with him. I am however purchasing a bronze workout template from him in order to continue working out with some great guidance while I am away to reference and use as I continue down my path of striving towards increase my upper body strength. Prior to joining his program, I was not able to perform dips very well in addition to a slew of other upper body exercises. I have also improved my run time in a matter of weeks. His program is effective if you put in honest effort, and do your best to stick to it to the best of your abilities."

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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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