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5.0
from 10 reviews
5.0
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GREAT VALUE
  • 5 years in business
"In my few short weeks training with the iAMFit crew, I have been extremely impressed with the progression of my transformation. Kyle, John, Vince, and Dani have helped me to make the changes in my life necessary to accomplish my fitness goals. I have been training exclusively with Kyle, who is a very knowledgeable, motivating personal trainer. I am excited to continue this fitness journey with iAMFit!"
$30
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4.4
from 7 reviews
4.4
(7)
  • 5 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"Love the workouts here and the Trainers! Friendly, attentive, and very knowledgeable!"
$30
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5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Cory is an amazing trainer. He’s very encouraging and supportive. He knows how to push you to your limits and makes you work hard. I truly felt like he was committed to my health and fitness journey and recommend him to all of my friends and family."
$40
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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 18 years in business
"Lamar is a special kind of trainer. I say that because whatever your goal is, he goes out of his way to find the solutions that work best for you. He could easily just give you a cookie cutter program and absent himself from your goals; but whether it is using technology or putting his own body to work with yours, he exhaust himself finding the best solution for you. He will meet you at your level and then help you improve and become better at what it is that you do. In my case I have been an amateur martial arts athlete most of my life and in my late 40's I have decided that competing in the open Ultra Heavy Weight Class in Brasilian Jiujitsu would be a blast. But I needed to improve my conditioning. I called on Lamar. Not only did he design a program for me and my specific needs as an older athlete. He also suited up in a Gi/Kimono and drilled with me until neither of us could barely move. The result was both a bronze and later a silver metal in my first two competitions. I could not a have achieved my goals without his help. That is what I want in a trainer . A trainer who cares about what it is I want to do rather than making me into something I'm not. I find that to be the difference between a novice and a master level trainer, of which is the latter, Lamar McKay is a Master LevelTrainer. Jose A. Esquea"
$125
estimated cost
4.8
from 18 reviews
4.8
(18)
GREAT VALUE
  • 17 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
"Each personal trainer here has been fabulous in helping me want to come back. They're very personable and supportive. I'm actually excited to be going. "
$50
estimated cost
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5.0
from 20 reviews
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IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 4 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
"Very professional and knowledgeable about training."
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4.9
from 7 reviews
4.9
(7)
  • 1 year in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"Working with Michelle was amazing. I am not a huge fan of having my picture taken but she was able to work through that and by the end of our session you would have thought i was a professional model!"
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5.0
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IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 3 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
"My experience with Randi has been very positive and has greatly exceeded my expectations. Randi has a great personality...very genuine. I have some problems with my knees, so she has designed a plan that takes this into account. She has built up my confidence that I can do this...lose this weight and become healthy...which are my goals. I love the workouts in that I really look forward to them. She works me hard, and I feel it! She gets you to push yourself with positive encouragement. She creates a folder for you which contains your workouts, conversations you have with her, and suggestions she may have. She doesn't just "exercise" you. She gets you to believe in yourself, and look at the things in your life that have prevented you from accomplishing your goals. Her mantra is slow and steady gets the job done, and she is right. I can see the personal growth that I have achieved since working with her. Hiring Randi as my personal trainer has been the best thing that I've done in months! "
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5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Kevin is an overall great trainer that listened to my goals and creates custom programs for me, that has allowed me to reach my goals with respect to weight and physical fitness. If there is ever an exercise that doesn't work for you on that day he has an alternative ready. I would recommend him for anyone wanting a program that works specifically for you."
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5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Have been with Shane for 4 years. I love the flexibility of the workout to change because I'm sore from the previous workout. He maximizes your potential to see maximum results."
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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 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.

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.

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