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Top 10 Bodybuilding Trainers near Durham, NC

4.9
from 28 reviews
4.9
(28)
GREAT VALUE
  • 10 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
"I've had many trainers over the years and Elton is as good or better than any! He is extremely caring, calm, helpful and knowledgeable. His attention to your personal needs and goals is informative and productive. Very few trainers will go out of the way for their clients like Elton does and he is very affordable compared to other personal trainers."

$40

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4.8
from 37 reviews
4.8
(37)
GREAT VALUE
  • 10 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
"I really enjoy working with Coach D. He pushes me but more importantly encourages me. It’s a great environment, all the trainers are professional, respectful and help create a an environment that you want to be apart of."

$40

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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
"Jen puts 110% into her sessions. I love the variety of her routines (you could never get bored!), her energy, her music and just the way she challenges and motivates people. Jen is an extraordinarily knowledgeable and professional instructor and through her classes, my fitness, wellbeing and body shape have been transformed. She is amazing!"

$50

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4.9
from 12 reviews
4.9
(12)
  • 22 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
"By my 55th birthday, my lifestyle had begun to take its toll on my body and my health. As an administrator for the federal government, I was traveling frequently, eating too much hotel food and not getting any exercise. I felt and looked at least 10 years older than I was and I knew it was time to do something. I joined a gym but felt out of place every time I went in. I tried one of the gym’s “trainers,” a muscle head who just made me feel…well…dumb and old. I moved to one of the popular women’s fitness chains thinking this would be better – it wasn’t. At least at the gym they had real equipment, but the women’s gym had mostly rubber bands and balls. Like women can’t handle real workouts! Over a year later, all I had done was waste my money and my time. I tried a well known national diet too, but I didn’t find much success there either. I went to the meetings and weigh-ins religiously but my results were inconsistent. I kept buying their food and stepping on their scales, but in nearly two years never maintained a weight loss of more than a few pounds. By the time I turned 56, I was worse off than when I had started. I had almost given up until I heard about Joe and Body by Design. The moment I stepped into the studio I knew things would be different. Joe listened to my story and designed a program especially for me. He helped me set goals – which at the time I honestly thought were impossible – and when we reached those he helped me set more! Three months after my 57th birthday, I won my first fitness competition! Me, a grandmother! I never aspired to do anything more than lose a few pounds! My workouts with Joe have transformed my body and my life. "

$49

estimated cost

5.0
from 8 reviews
5.0
(8)
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"As someone who has been physically active but never belonged to a gym, Trevor has been an awesome trainer to give me more confidence in the knowing what I'm doing at the gym in an approachable way that I've really appreciated. He focuses a lot on proper form and technique, which is great to learn from the beginning. He's easy to work with - approachable and motivating but still challenging and helping me to work toward my goals. I can't recommend enough!"

$50

estimated cost

5.0
from 7 reviews
5.0
(7)
  • 7 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"Audra is an amazing trainer! I started working out with her guidance September last year and I can see a lot of improvements on my energy level and my body. Highly recommend her."

$65

estimated cost

5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
"Jonah is absolutely wonderful. He's experienced, professional, and a pleasure to be around. I always felt like he truly took into account my personal fitness needs, and he never failed to inspire me to keep pushing myself. I feel it is very important as a personal trainer to be simultaneously motivational and knowledgeable - Jonah definitely has both of those valued characteristics. I highly recommend him!"

$45

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5.0
from 10 reviews
5.0
(10)
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"I’ve had several trainers in the past, I know a great trainer when I work with one. This is one of the best..."

$50

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Top Pro
5.0
from 43 reviews
5.0
(43)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 4 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
"Max is such a wonderful fitness trainer and nutritionist and the quintessential professional. He is a natural teacher and has shared so much information with me. His individual, personalized training program for me has been incredible! So personable and friendly, I am very fortunate to have found this amazing educator. I highly recommend Max! Sincerely, Janet Griffin"
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Top Pro
5.0
from 33 reviews
5.0
(33)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 26 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
"Eric is one fantastic personal trainer. I do Kettlebells workouts as well as have personalized exercises when I need to attend to localized pains to overcome. Eric ensures that we always maintain form when doing Kettlebells workouts, pushes us to achieve our limits and varies our workout routines to keep them interesting."
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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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