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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.

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.

What is kickboxing?

Kickboxing is a type of martial art whose basic moves are widely practiced in personal and group fitness regimens. In combat kickboxing, two competitors fight using four points of contact — both hands and both feet — unlike traditional boxing, where competitors are allowed to use their hands. In competitive kickboxing, opponents must remain standing, and no fighting can occur on the mat or ground. Kickboxing has its roots in Muay Thai and other ancient martial arts. Some elemental moves from kickboxing include roundhouse kicks, back kicks, hooks, uppercuts and more.

Modern group fitness kickboxing is practiced in gyms and workout studios across the country. It draws its moves from combat kickboxing, but instead of fighting with an opponent, participants perform jabs, crosses, punches and kicks in instructor-led, choreographed routines set to music. Personal trainers also incorporate kickboxing moves into workout routines, spending time punching and kicking the bag. These strength-building moves, mixed with high-intensity intervals, boost heart rate and increase strength.

Is kickboxing good exercise?

Kickboxing is great exercise. It works your whole body and really gets your heart pounding. Kickboxing combines upper- and lower-body movements like roundhouse kicks and uppercut punches that boost calorie burning. The type of kickboxing you do will determine how much exercise you get. Kickboxing training that takes place in a martial arts studio will involve kicking and punching a sandbag or sparring with a competitor, both of which will sharply increase the amount of exercise you’ll experience in a kickboxing session. Comparatively, a study by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) found that women doing group fitness cardio kickboxing burned between 6.45 and 8.3 calories per minute, or approximately 350-450 calories burned during an hour-long class. This is roughly what you can expect to burn with jogging or similar exercise, but ACE says that cardio kickboxing offers the added benefits of increased strength and flexibility, sharper reflexes, and improved coordination. Whether you’re training to fight competitively, learning kickboxing as a form of self-defense, or taking cardio kickboxing at your local gym, you’ll get a full-body workout with positive health benefits.

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.
Reviews for Portland fitness personal trainers
Thumbtack Customer
I found Scott Hollinger, personal trainer, on line. Since I am an older, active woman, I was looking for someone who could understand my fitness needs. Scott has surpassed all my expectations. He is very knowledgeable, motivational & the perfect task master! I would not hesitate to recommend Scott as an excellent personal trainer for all ages. Rita
Empowerment StrategiesEmpowerment Strategies
RJ T.
Alex responded to my request quickly and was quite personable in his responses (not the generic messages one normally receives here). He was incredibly flexible and worked with me/my schedule to provide a training time that would benefit me. He adapted his training sessions to fit my personal needs and created an awesome workout regimen that worked me super hard but was really enjoyable the entire time. After our workout, he had some diet and supplement suggestions to aid me in reaching my fitness goals. Finally, to make it even better, he charges a very reasonable rate considering all the personal care he gave to my workout. I highly recommend Alex and Empire Fitness!
Relentless Grind FitnessRelentless Grind Fitness
Madeline M.
Chrissy is an amazing trainer! She’s extremely knowledgeable. I look forward to my training sessions every week, she’s been able to push me more than I could ever do myself. She’s been able to work with short term and long term goals and is extremely encouraging and keeps me motivated every session! Whatever fitness goals you have I’d recommend her, she’s very accommodating to your personal goals/needs!
Wonder Warriors (Chrissy Chambers)Wonder Warriors (Chrissy Chambers)
Trinity N.
I cannot say enough good things about Brett. He is an amazing trainer! He teaches by demonstrating first and explains concepts clearly. He is very positive and encouraging, but will not coddle you. (which I prefer and appreciate) I feel like he listened to my personal fitness goals, and has a plan in place to get me there while holding me accountable.
BMW FITNESSBMW FITNESS
Thumbtack Customer
Kristin is awesome! Though ultimately I decided to go with a gym membership to kick off my new fitness journey and will re-visit personal training at a later time, she went above and beyond to make sure I had resources to help me on my journey and really appreciated her genuine willingness to help me. Not only is she kind, but you can tell that she does have your best interest of your health in mind and I truly hope I will have the opportunity to train with her in the future when I'm ready. Highly recommended!
Health and Self-Loving Coaching with Kristin Ch...Health and Self-Loving Coaching with Kristin Ch...
Thumbtack Customer
Travis is a great trainer to work with. He asks a lot of questions and is genuinely interested in your specific goals, with a really healthy focus on nutrition and full-body health, including guidelines for when to eat, how much sleep to aim for, workouts outside of a gym (when traveling), and more. Travis is easy-going and attentive — I can't say how many times I pinged him with a question via email or text to which I usually got a fairly prompt answer, a huge help for someone who's struggling to learn the ropes of a healthier diet and fitness. Compared to other trainers I've worked with in the past, this was a huge thumbs up. In the end I was unable to stick with it for personal reasons, but I highly recommend anyone interested in getting fit consider Travis for his acumen and ability to inspire.
Stronger ClackamasStronger Clackamas
Thumbtack Customer
My husband and I found Travis on Thumbtack about 3mths ago. We both work out with him twice a week. I have had several personal trainers over the years and find Travis to be the most knowledgeable. I like to ask a lot of " why" questions about the exercises we are doing and he always has a very informative answer. I have learned a lot about fitness since I started training with him. He also pays attention to form, is very conscious of our position and always makes sure we perform each exercise correctly. My husband has back problems and Travis is able to help him with his back issue by offering him exercises he can do to help him strengthen and stretch his back. My husband has found this very helpful. Overall , we have had a very positive experience working with Travis and I would highly recommend him as a trainer.
Pinnacle Fitness PDXPinnacle Fitness PDX
Thumbtack Customer
Shane was exactly what I was looking for. He was easily able to accommodate my fitness needs as well as attend to my personal strengths. After looking at several different trainers Shane was by FAR the most affordable, and frankly, he was the easiest to communicate with. He was very flexible with scheduling and location, as well as very open and up front about his ideals. He's clearly educated and knows what he is talking about. Not only did I work out, I learned about why certain work outs are beneficial. After just a month I'm taking away so much new knowledge as well as physical strength. And on a side note, the dude is awesome and fun to hang out with. A++ You wont be disappointed if you use Shane Chokey. He will work with you to help meet your unique goals. He has the skill and knowledge to benefit a wide range of fitness needs.
Renaissance FitnessRenaissance Fitness
Priti k.
Save yourself time and get Dustin already! No need to look any further, he is your guy. Not only does he know what he’s talking about, he looks the part too. I was initially intimidated by someone that had so much muscle, but his gentle, attentive mannerisms quickly put me at ease. He is patient, punctual, informative and very knowledgeable, always kind enough to answer my myriad questions both on and off site. My experience so far has been nothing short of amazing. It’s just my 3rd week working with him and my confidence has already gone up a notch, I have an abundance of energy, my clothes have started to fit me better and the best part yet, I can eat my favorite food (rice) more freely. He is the very epitome of a Personal Trainer and the best investment in myself.
DP FitnessDP Fitness
Cimber N.
I am a work week traveler and found myself in Portland Monday-Thursday for a 6 week job. Wanting to get into shape, I turned to the internet to find a personal trainer to hold me accountable to get fit while on the road....and man did I luck out. Ben was fantastic not only did I lose 12 pounds, I gained healthy eating habits and feel more engerized then ever. He will accommodate traveling to you and or a desired location which for me was a huge plus. We held workouts indoors and outdoors which was great for switching up the routine and learning new techniques to carry forward. I also learned that I could get greater results doing the right activities within a set time rather than spending a crazy amount of time in the gym. If your looking for a reliable motivator to get and keep you on the path of a healthy life style, Bens your guy. I wish I could clone him to continue the lessons in my home state.
A to B FitnessA to B Fitness
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