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Top Pro
  • 4 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mathew A.
Verified review

I am a military vet and was in extremely good shape until about 5 years ago. I suffered a herniated disc in my lower back and another in my neck. Surgery was recommended but I decided against it. Since then I have had a lot of complications. For a few years I was barely able to walk more than a hundred feet. I saw two chiropractors and a physical therapist. I plateaued at about 50% better with what I thought would be permanent loss of range of motion, and loss of full use of my right leg. I could not exercise, gained weight, and finally gave up. The problems in my neck resulted in migraines several times a month. I started seeing Max about 5 weeks ago. I see him 3 times a week for half an hour of high intensity cardio and stretching. I also review nutrition with him and he keeps me on track. I saw significant results with regards to my back within the first week. I have gone from barely reaching my knees to touching my toes. I could not run more than 1-2 minutes at a time before, and now I have run 3 5ks in the last few weeks! Granted I am still around 13 minute miles, but one step at a time! I have also lost some weight, have my nutrition back on track, and have received several compliments about how my physical appearance has improved. I have only had one migraine in the last 5 weeks and that was during a week that I could not attend training due to an emergency. Results do not happen overnight. It can take a few months to build your body back into shape and learn nutrition to be able to lose weight. Like Max said, it took me years to get out of shape, it will take me some time to get back in to shape. But exercise, weight loss, muscle gain, and even bone and muscle healing get easier as you work on it. As your muscles strengthen, cardiovascular system improves, and weight decreases, these things put less strain on your body so that you can push yourself farther. It is not all about weight loss. Weight loss is the result of good health. Good health comes first. Max has shown me this. He knows how to push me to improve, to give it my all, while healing and restoring my range of motion. He has given me my life back in 5 short weeks. My wife and I are filled with joy. I can run and play with my kids, get out of bed in the morning, and complete work around the house without limping, losing feeling in my right leg, and eventual loss of use of my right leg if I pushed too hard. I plan on staying with Max for another few months to completely build my body back to good health and set me up with good nutrition and a good plan to continue to keep myself in good shape on my own for the rest of my life. Thank you!

  • 10 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
Patty M.
Verified review

I have been working with Malik for two months, and the results are phenomenal. Malik has taken my fitness to a new level, but more importantly, his training is worth the investment to my health. He is highly skilled and incredibly knowledgeable, and also will encourage you to give better than your best in each session. He keeps me on track by consistently checking in, he’s genuinely enthusiastic and cares about his clients, and his workouts are never the same. A nonsense attitude, mixed with weight training and intense cardio routines will whip anyone who is willing to take it on into shape in no time. Now I look forward to training to beat my own personal records! I greatly appreciate all that Malik has done for me and am so thankful for all the time and effort in helping me to achieve my goals now and in the future. Malik is truly the Flyest Trainer in NC!!!

  • 8 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
Meg R.
Verified review

I used to exercise on a regular basis and absolutely loved doing it as often as possible. But due to different circumstances that occurred I gradually began to get further away from doing much of anything. I wanted to get back on track and began working with Laura doing personal training one on one. At our first meeting I immediately felt comfortable in her presence. She is very warm and friendly and personable to work with. We did a cardio warm-up and then went through a series of strength training exercises using ropes, TRX, an exercise ball, free weights, and several other types of equipment. I did the routine twice each session. Laura is very thorough at explaining how to do each exercise and will let you practice it until you feel like you have mastered it. She knows how to gear the correct equipment to your needs and will switch it up accordingly. She is very professional yet makes your workout a fun experience. I look forward to my appointment each week and I feel so good after I finish. It improves my mood so much! She has different types of equipment that I was introduced to and hadn't had the opportunity to try before. And another plus that I love more than anything is being outside!!! I have been working with Laura for about two months now. I cannot think of anything that would improve my experience except for me to go more often. Meg

Top Pro
  • 26 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer B.
Verified review

Eric is an awesome trainer who focuses on his clients 100% through the workout, ensuring they are taking time to hydrate, catch their breath, and get their heart rate back down between high cardio exercises. I really trust that he will keep me safe and not let me injure myself, and he provides great advice for when I am working out on my own. Also, he checks in with me periodically just to see how I'm doing on my own and it means the world to have that support.

TND FITNESS
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Kristen L.
Verified review

Bryant is the real deal. He has completely changed my perspective on fitness and what my body is capable of accomplishing. I started training with him in January 2016 when my coworker raved about her experience. He has taught me that quick fixes and crash diets won't do it - it takes work, time and motivation. I have built strength, lost inches and significantly improved my cardio endurance. Every workout is different, challenging and empowering. Bryant has built an awesome, supportive community of clients and we are so lucky to be a part of TND Fitness. I cannot reccommend this trainer enough!

Elton E. Faulk
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Kylie J.
Verified review

I've been training with Elton for about 6 weeks now. During this time I've seen a huge improvement in my strength, cardio and flexibility, and I'm on track for achieving my goals within the timeframe we set at the beginning. Each training session is hard work but so much fun and Elton always checks in on my diet and adjusts the exercises to best suit me. Since starting training with Elton I'm also sleeping better, eating better and feeling healthy and strong. I'm incredibly grateful that I found Elton and strongly recommend him for personal training.

  • 5 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Emma W.
Verified review

After 6 trainers in 2.5 years with very little change I started working with Renard. In 10 months I've lost 25% of my initial body weight. What I love about our sessions are the combination high impact cardio, core strengthening, endurance and resistance training. He is constantly changing up the routines so it never get monotonous. Outside of his intense scheduled workouts he also stresses complete lifestyle modification that includes healthy dietary changes. Renard offers a balanced approach to achieving fitness goals and he starts where you are and builds from there.

Luke Hayes Personal Training
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Lauren K.
Verified review

For over three years, Luke Hayes was my personal trainer. I highly recommend Luke as a personal trainer and coach. Luke is very well trained in personal training. He worked with me to establish diet and exercise goals and held me accountable by asking for regular updates. Luke gave great advice and had a very encouraging attitude. He varied my training routine through a mix of body weight exercises, weight training, and interval, cardio training. Luke focused on ensuring good form while doing all exercises. During my training, I accomplished my goal of losing pounds and body fat. Luke is very professional and easy to work with. Although my training sessions were challenging, I enjoyed the 30 minutes or 1 hour and knew that Luke was choosing the right routine to help me meet my goals.

On the Brink of Fitness
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Sammy K.
Verified review

My name is Sammy Kinlaw. I am an exec with a technology company and travel frequently. On Feb 21, 2014 I hired Rob to train me. I was already in cardio shape, but wanted to gain strength and muscle. I have a hectic life style and considering I am over 40+ I thought it was now or never to do this. I have seen incredible results in the last 4 months. I see Rob 3 times a week. He designed a program just for my needs and it has really worked. I would absolutely recommend Rob and his talent. He has done a great job for me.

VP Personal Training
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah O.
Verified review

I am a first-time Thumbtack (and Vinnie Papandrea) user, and I am happy to report the experience has been remarkable! I requested a personal trainer to work out with me at my home and help me get some version of my pre-baby body back–before my 40th birthday, which was six months away. I was connected with Vinnie and began working out a few days later. Vinnie is awesome. We do circuit training with free weights, squats, lunges, jumping jacks, sit ups and lots of other quick, strenuous–but fun–exercises. I never get bored because we're always changing activities, and my heart rate stays up for the whole hour. The best part? The boxing. At the end we get in 20 minutes of straight cardio with boxing exercises. As an advertising executive and a mom of a really smart and busy three and a half-year-old, I really like burning off calories and extra steam boxing with Vinnie. I don't really enjoy exercising for exercising's sake, but I am having a whole lot of fun getting in shape with Vinnie. He's great at conversation, he's great at kicking your butt when you need it, and he's really great at getting results. I am very happy that I look and feel better after just two months.

Nulevel Training
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Simone S.
Verified review

Dawn is an awesome trainer and friend! I met Dawn 8 years ago in one of her kickboxing classes and followed her to every gym and class she taught. I come from an athletic background and found her classes exciting and challenging enough to push me to my goals. I decided to write an article for Bodybuilding.com about Dawn and her classes as I was very impressed with her knowledge and ability to encourage a class full of every ability level. There were times that her classes were so large at some of the gyms she taught at that they had to turn people away. I'm happy now that she has her own space to teach! Last year I hired Dawn as my personal trainer to help me get back on the fitness competition stage. She was both supportive in the gym and in my personal life to keep me on track. I had an outstanding 2012 season becoming the Model Carolina Champion, Model SuperBody Champion and Model America Classic Champion after losing 42 pounds. I highly recommend Dawn for both her BootCamps as well as Personal Training.

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LG Fitness
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

After trying several personal trainers, I finally found one who helped me achieve real results. Luis combines weight training, boxing & cardio into his fitness plans in order to give you a complete training package. He challenges you to push outside of your comfort zone and encourages you each step of the way. Luis' training not only helped me achieve my weight loss goal, but also completely changed my lifestyle and my old thoughts about "dieting". I've learned how to maintain a healthy, lean body as part of my everyday life without crash diets and overtraining. Let Luis show you how he can help you on your way to a new healthy lifestyle. You'll be so happy you gave him a try!

Apex Personal Training
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Pete A.
Verified review

Over 5 years ago I began workouts with Tom at Apex Personal Training. He's been the right combination of coach, mentor and guide. I have done most ;) of whats he has asked - Yoga, circuit, cardio, and even a palates session or two. I feel that I'm now in the best overall condition of my life which included military and athlete. Tom finds the best way to motivate and keep you moving toward your fitness goals. You cannot go wrong by stopping by APT. They can help you make and improve your fitness, health, and quality of life. -Pete

Floyd Fitness
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Caryn D.
Verified review

I walked in to Fit Body Boot Camp a little unsure on how this was going to go. I have tried a few different types of workouts and had not found the fit that was right for me. My first workout was free so I figured what do I have to lose (except weight). This workout kicked my a**. I barely got thru it but with the motivation from the trainer I did. It was one of the hardest workouts that I have done in a long time. I signed up and have not regretted a minute (ok maybe when we have to do burpee's lol). It is intense 30 minute workout that works all areas. Weights and cardio, and no two workouts are the same so you dont get bored, a big bonus for me. The trainers are motivating and tough. They push you to accomplish more than you thought your were able to! I HIGHLY recommend coming to Cary Fit Body Boot Camp! You will be glad you did.

The Chopp Shop
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Amy F.
Verified review

The workouts are challenging, unique, fun. Michelle works hard to hit all body parts, cardio, balance. She watches closely to correct form and ensures each person gets the full benefits of the workout. LOVE IT

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Shannon C.
Verified review

James is a very encouraging personal trainer. When I first started the process I was worried about working out and not knowing how to excersize. But James demo started all the moves and incoraged me that getting the form right was important. he also created cardio work outs for me outside of our sessions. Over time I gained confidence and lost ten pounds! I would highly recommend him.

Heat
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Victoria B.
Verified review

Training with Kayla has been a truly rewarding experience. After taking the time to understand my fitness goals, Kayla put together a workout regimen that challenged my mind and body in ways I would have never been able to do on my own. Our workouts go above and beyond typical strength training and cardio workouts - Kayla does an amazing job at combining strength and cardio into highly effective athletic training. She has challenged me to step out of my comfort zone and realize that my body is capable of so much more than I realized. I love Kayla's style of training - it's always fun, never boring, and I always leave with a smile on my face. Kayla is positive, motivating, knowledgeable, accommodating, and hands down the best personal trainer I've ever worked with!!

P2 Fitness
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Rhonda N.
Verified review

When I first started my weight loss journey, I worked out 5 days a week HARD, lots of running, weights and cardio….and guess what happened at the end of 30 days? I GAINED WEIGHT!!! Yes, I gained about 5 pounds in my first 30 days. I cried and cried and cried. Needless to say, I was severely disappointed and wanted to give up. However, my Trainer, Christin Pearson would NOT let me quit. The next 30 days I worked out harder and added clean eating to my regimen. At the end of my 2nd 30 days working out, I had lost 8 pounds!!!! What I can tell you is since having such an amazing Trainer and Fit Family, I have lost over 45 pounds and still dropping. Christin is a wealth of knowledge and very personable. She is available to her members not just as a Trainer but also as a Friend. P2 Fitness is not just a gym....it is a place where women lose the weight and gain confidence. You are not just joining a gym, you're joining a family.

212 Fitness X
5.0
from 1 review
  • 7 years in business
Chad M.
Verified review

Matt's system of training works so well I have been doing p90x. And he has kept me on track. He literally doesn't sleep or so it seems he is the type of coach that believes in you. And no matter how bad you feel he keeps you motivated. I have been crushing my goals. I dropped from 205 to 195 in 4 wks. And all my maxes are increasing. And my cardio is at the point were I could go run a marathon tomorrow.

Koko FitClub
5.0
from 1 review
  • 14 years in business
Terrie S.
Verified review

Koko FitClub is not like every other gym out there - it is WAY BETTER! I have tried it all from different gyms, personal trainers, you name it. Koko takes the thinking out of weight workouts by providing you with your own "virtual" personal trainer with a customized program to fit your strength and workout goals. And the best part is it is only 30 minutes! I love this because personally I don't want to spend hours and hours in a gym. If I add in my cardio it tacks on another 15 minutes, however don't be fooled - the cardio portion is tough! The other added benefit is that the gym is very clean and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. All in all I really love what Koko FitClub has to offer and am glad I can get my workout done in record time! Go check it out... you won't be disappointed!!!!

DRobFit4U
5.0
from 1 review
    Michael C.
    Verified review

    Darren helped me with a diet plan that I could work on my own to shed body fat while building and maintaining muscle. The plan took 21 days and resulted in a loss of 10 lbs, most of which happened within the first 2 weeks. I'm a fairly active guy, about 6'2", 220 lbs, but I wanted to get down to around 200 lbs even. Darren did a fantastic job in supplying the educational materials necessary to develop and implement a physical fitness plan that I felt worked for me. He made sure that I understood the details of the routine and was available for support and coaching during the 21-day period. Overall, the plan that Darren recommended was not a "hard" plan to stick to. It did involve a lot of cardio, but I did not feel like the plan was a traditional "diet and exercise routine". Instead, this was a 21-day introductory course on making changes for a healthier lifestyle. Thanks to Darren's guidance, I'm continuing to lose weight while building and toning muscle. If you're looking for experience that gets results, Darren is your guy!

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    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.

    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 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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