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Total Body Fitness
4.9
from 93 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 206 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle P.
Verified review

We worked on personal training for weight loss.

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Trainin4Life Fitness
5.0
from 50 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 131 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Aza T.
Verified review

I love and enjoy Israel! He is professional and going to push you to your limit ! I can't wait until I start my training back up again.

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Alexander Hernandez
5.0
from 42 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nh S.
Verified review

During my quest to find the best trainer out there for my needs, I found Alex Hernandez. I knew from my research that the qualities I was looking for in a trainer included experience, education, personality, the ability to communicate well and professionalism. I met with/spoke to several trainers through Thumbtack and outside of Thumbtack that unfortunately were lacking one or more of these qualities until I met with Alex who, as it turned out, had all the qualities I was looking for in a trainer. It also didn’t hurt that he offered a couple of free sessions. (I know this is a rather wordy review but if you are like me and prefer to do your due diligence before hiring a trainer, I think it’s worth the read.) Experience: Yes, having years of experience is great, which Alex has but what I most valued about Alex’s experience is that he had been through the same struggle of losing weight and figuring out how to establish and maintain a healthier lifestyle as I am going through now. Because of this, I felt Alex had a unique perspective as a trainer and would be able to better understand my struggle with losing weight and be better equipped to assist me through that struggle. Experience was also very important to me as I was coming to the table with several injuries that any trainer I selected would have to have the know-how on how to handle those injuries during training while still allowing me to make regular progress. After a couple of complimentary sessions with Alex, there was no doubt he had the necessary experience to help me. Education: In addition to having over a decade of experience in personal training, Alex also had the appropriate credentials. One of these credentials was particularly important to me, his NASM certification as a Weight Loss Specialist. (FYI - You can check a trainer’s credentials on the NASM website.) Beyond his certification education, Alex also educated himself on me. Alex took the time to ask me questions and learn about me, what I wanted to accomplish with training, what injuries or medical issues I had, what concerns I had, what my day-to-day life was like and what my nutrition looked like. For me, this meant Alex was asking all the right questions to educate himself on how best to help me. Personality: If you’re looking for a trainer who will yell at you like a drill sergeant, then Alex isn’t the trainer for you. If you’re looking for a trainer to handle you with kid gloves and baby you, then again, Alex isn’t the trainer for you. If you are looking for a happy medium between the two with a few jokes and quotes of encouragement thrown in, then Alex is for you. Alex is encouraging yet pushes you beyond your limits just enough every time so every session always contains progress. When I first started working with Alex, there was a particular exercise that he had to modify in order for me to complete. Recently, I was able to complete this exercise, multiple reps, without modification and he was more excited about it then I was. Who wouldn’t want a trainer like that, someone who is excited for you and your progress. Communication: Alex has been great about communicating with me since day one. I tend to have a lot of questions and Alex has always been very good about answering those questions for me whether during our training sessions or via text (in a timely manner). Unlike some trainers, he does not brush off your questions. Alex will regularly check on me after a session to make sure none of my injuries were exacerbated due to the session. It was important to find someone I could communicate well with because I knew my injuries would be a constant issue and I needed to be comfortable enough talking with my trainer and expressing when I felt the pain from a pre-existing injury was too much and/or when I felt I was just incapable of doing an exercise due to my injuries without feeling I was being judged by my trainer. I have found Alex to be very easy to communicate with. Professionalism: The last quality on my list was professionalism. I have had trainers who were physically inappropriate with me, I have had trainers who would talk badly about their other clients either in front of me to another person or directly to me, I’ve had trainers that would spend majority of my session texting/playing on their phone and paying no attention to me at all. I have never had any of these issues with Alex. During our training sessions, he has always conducted himself in a professional manner making sure the focus is always on me and my training. I honestly believe Alex is worth every penny as a trainer. I’m very happy I found him, that I have had the opportunity to work with him and that I now know what it is like to work with a real trainer. **As of this review, I have worked with Alex for 8 weeks. **I have lost inches and pounds and have gained muscle and strength. **Several aches and pains I had prior to my training with Alex has dissipated. (I used to get terrible ankle and shin pain walking to and from work every day which has subsided substantially since training with Alex.)

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  • 3 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jeff S.
Verified review

I've been weight training for 25 years and have a pretty good understating of fitness & nutrition. After my first session with Will, I knew immediately that I was working with a guy that had a very high fitness & nutrition IQ. Will takes an inside out approach, the right approach, to your body, and although the weights and reps seem at first a bit entry level, you will leave each session knowing that you just got worked out in a way you never have. I can honestly say that I would very highly recommend Will to anyone that is serious about a real long lasting transformation. No matter what your end desire might be, Will knows exactly how to get you there without wasting time or money! Jeff Snyder General Sales Manager Bentley/Rolls-Royce Houston

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LMSL Training
4.9
from 36 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Christy T.
Verified review

Jerell Tigner is an awesome coach he is great with my daughter teaches her basketball privates we couldn't be any more happy with him she knew nothing about the sport and is learning. He is very patient a has a great personality.

Caveman Fitness
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Karla G.
Verified review

Akshay Raju - Personal Training is really great. I was skinny but too unmotivated and shy to go to the gym. I had Akshay Raju as my personal trainer and now I noticed a positive change in my appearance. I am happy and now more confident with myself. I definitely recommend Akshay Raju to anyone looking for great quality personal training. Karla Gonzalez - 07.24.2016

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FitnessStop LLC
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Meghan K.
Verified review

Robert is amazing! I've only been training with him for about 10 days but I already see major changes in my body. Losing those last 10 lbs has been so difficult for me in the past, but I'm already down 5 pounds since we started.If you're looking for someone to whip your body into shape, while keeping you entertained the whole time, Robert is your guy. Investing in myself while working with Robert is the best decision I've ever made!

Ascension Aesthetics
4.9
from 22 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
Deidre M.
Verified review

I've only been training with Yashron for a couple weeks now, but already know I've made the right choice in choosing him. From the very beginning, he took time out to just sit down and talk about what I wanted to get out of training and how to get there. In our training sessions he's very patient and encouraging. I actually look forward to training days and I learn something new each time. One thing I feel sets him apart from other trainers is his knowledge of nutrition. He also offers great advice on how/what to eat to get the most out of training. I feel very confident that with Yashron's help, I'll be able to reach my fitness/health goals.

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Intensity Fitness
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rod G.
Verified review

Sid is a one stop fitness trainer. No matter what your goals are, Sid knows how to get you there. I started with Sid training my son in mixed martial arts, the workouts were so interesting that I joined and started training. So if you are looking for a 5 star trainer, then look no further.

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Jos Perez
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cecilia S.
Verified review

This is my first time working with a personal trainer and my experience has been nothing but positive. José Alberto is 100% committed to get the results you are looking for. When you are training with him even little adjustments he does when lifting weights, from the way you position your shoulders or back to how your far apart your feet are make a great difference and the best part is that you see the results. I have been working with him for only one month and I have seen faster results with him by training smarter and targeting those areas that you want to improve.

Marcaus CPT
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Lakasha F.
Verified review

Very well at training and making sure your heart rate is up to get the most out of your workout. Very motivating

  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Ricardo R.
Verified review

Jonathan was by far the most involved trainer I've had to date. I've gone through 4 trainers in my life, none of which before Jonathan was personally invested in me sticking to the program and checking in on my progress. I opted to choose from his lowest cost training program. Even though I only saw him 5 times in one month, he made sure to be available to answer all of my MANY questions about the program and it's constantly changing challenges. One thing I truly enjoyed about training with Johnathan was his emphasis on safety and form. One detail I enjoyed about training with Jonathan the most was his concentration to you in your work out. He was never distracted by his phone or other things during my work out. He truly made personal training PERSONAL. That which is something that is lost with other trainers who get distracted easily or seem detached during your work out.

Bandit Bodies
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Tiffany T.
Verified review

I've been personally training with Alex for well over a year. As a women over forty and a mother of two, my goals coming into the training were simple but very difficult for a trainer to accomplish: give me back my shape, lift my bottom, and tone my entire body. I also ice skate recreationally, and so wanted strength and stability training to improve my performance. Well I can honestly say, Alex delivered! I have slimmed down to a size 0 to 2, back to the weight I was in my 20's. But more importantly my body fat is in the athletic range, averaging 14%! I'm curvy and shapely, not rail thin. Incredibly, I'm in better shape than I was in my 20's: stronger, leaner, and insanely toned. Alex pushes the envelope (with careful attention to avoid injury) and he is always striving to take the workouts further. Your body responds because of the constant evolution of his carefully designed training programs. Alex is extremely knowledgable, up to the minute, professional, and most importantly dedicated to making your sessions count. He also provides the important nutritional advice to get you to the results your looking for. My life has been completely enriched with this experience and I can't thank him enough! When people see me now they are astonished at how much my body has improved and in such a short time. I've never thought you had to have a personal trainer, but after this experience I am convinced it is the only way to get the results you desire. But trust me: a great trainer is hard to find and Alex is a Five Star.

Banks Physique
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
Amber S.
Verified review

Training with Mr. Banks has been awesome so far.... I have been training with for a little over 6 months now and have dropped over 50 pounds with the help of understand nutrition and planning/ or setting small goals to be accomplished and of course training. I think forward to completing my goal weight and maintaining it with the help of one of the best trainer in the Houston area... I highly suggest you check him out.!!!!

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  • 13 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Veronica N.
Verified review

Darren has been my personal trainer for about 10 months now and I am so grateful that my wife discovered his profile on Thumbtack. I wholeheartedly endorse him for anyone considering embarking on a new fitness goal or even for seasoned athletes looking for a jolt if their existing routine has gotten stale. Darren not only excels in the physical aspect of training, but he also brings a balanced mental component to our sessions. As anyone can attest who's recently started to workout after a long layoff, the hardest part is starting. What they also don't tell you is that maintaining your workouts is probably the next hardest hurdle to tackle. But that's where Darren really shines. Under Darren's tutelage, I've become accountable to myself and I really look forward to my sessions to see what new exercises we'll incorporate or to try and beat my weightlifting bests. I would classify Darren's workout management as 'adaptive'; that is, he can take what he's given in terms of available equipment, or if the gym is too crowded on a given day, and craft a workout routine that is challenging and never boring (he takes what's he's given and makes lemonade from lemons). I think that boredom is responsible for more broken fitness promises than any other factor. With Darren as my trainer, I've never been bored and almost a year later I don't think we've ever repeated a workout! With Darren as my trainer I've been steadily increasing my strength gains while steadily shedding excess weight and improving my cardio fitness. Darren also provides nutritional counseling, rehabilitative training, and he will travel to your home or business for your workout needs. He really is my 'health and fitness concierge,' and anyone considering personal training services shouldn't pass up the opportunity to train with Darren. Robert N.

Body is Temple
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Melanie A.
Verified review

Esteban is an amazing trainer!! I remember training with him back in San Antonio, Tx and boy did I get some gains!!! I used to be extremely skinny. I started training with a weight of 107. After a year and a half of training with Esteban, my weight was 123. I grew a lot of muscle with increasing weight every week. We set goals and we accomplished them. By far, legs were always my favorite to train and Esteban knows how to work that area extremely well. Not only is he proficient in weight training, but also his genuine care for getting his clients to their goal. He is someone you can truly feel comfortable training with. He is always right there with you sometimes doing the exercises wth you for encouragement! All in all, I miss training with Esteban. Was one of the only trainers to ever increase my muscle mass. Train with Esteban, he will exceed your expectations!

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  • 4 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Edward K.
Verified review

Zein made getting in shape easy and stayed engaged with me through the whole process. Making sure I was staying on track on down days and prepping for the week. Thanks to her dedication and training I lost 40lbs and feel great.

Greg
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jorge E.
Verified review

Greg is my personal trainer at Houston Gym. At the request of my naturopathic and primary care physicians, I was instructed to begin a resistance training program to address a few health issues. I was skeptical of personal training, was unsure of my capacity to "stick-to-it" and achieve my aims. The owner of the gym suggested I work out with Greg. 2 months later, I am in better shape than in my 30s (I'm 54). Greg is conscientious, knowledgeable, skilled and is exemplary at tailoring my workout to fit my aims. He knows how to vary a work out (upper and lower) to address not only groups of muscles but refine the workout so as to address specific muscles that need toning. His attention to detail helped me calibrate and equalize what seemed to be an strength imbalance between my left and right sides (very odd). He is also quite patient, truly listens and varies the workout routine to keep it building my body without the boredom that can be possible in working out. Not only is Greg a great trainer, but he also is quite knowledgeable about the body's musculoskeletal system and the nature of injuries to the system. I recently had a shoulder injury (doing upward dog in yoga); and had to see an orthopedic specialist. Greg was very sensitive to the doctors instructions and modified my upper body workouts in such a manner that I can continue to build my upper body at the same time give my shoulder injury time to heal. Without question, the reason I'm still with Greg as my personal trainer is that he makes it a challenge, yet always within my range. Highly recommend Greg

ZERO Training Center
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Tasneem M.
Verified review

David is an excellent exprienced trainer. He is very patient and knowledgable. I always look forward to my workouts. After training for a while with David, i have already started seeing diffrence in myself ( more energy, strenght & stamina) I highly recommend David if you want to achieve fitness goal.

Houston Fit Pro
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Klaus F.
Verified review

I just started training with Chris, but I have to say he is a great trainer and he really understands my needs. I would recommend him to anybody interested in getting the right training.

KTranFitness
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Tariq N.
Verified review

He is an Excellent Coach. I enjoyed every single moment getting training by him

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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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