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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

Is it worth getting a personal trainer?

If you have fitness goals that you’re having trouble accomplishing on your own, hiring a personal trainer can be worth the money. People rarely regret getting in shape — even if it costs money. Personal trainers create accountability, as you’ll have to confess to them if you don’t stick to your training schedule. They’re trained to push you just hard enough, and they take your body type and goals into account when creating a fitness plan.

How much does a personal trainer cost near me?

Expect to pay between $35 and $90 per hour for a personal trainer near you. The length of the session, as well as the number of sessions you book in advance, will have an impact on the price. You can often get lower prices per session by booking more of them. Group training also tends to be less expensive than one-on-one training, as is going to the gym instead of having the trainer come to meet you. Trainer certification is also a factor — trainers with more certification are likely to charge more.

It's important to do your research and get cost estimates from several personal trainers near you before you hire anyone. 

Also read, "How much does a personal trainer cost?"

How often should you see a personal trainer?

How often you should see your personal trainer depends both on your budget and your fitness level. If you’re new to the exercise routine, maybe start with one to three visits per week to establish a good routine and understanding. Talk to personal trainers near you to figure out the perfect cadence for your personal training sessions.

How can I find a trainer?

Search for personal trainers near you online, and identify the ones with the highest ratings. Read their customer testimonials, and look at customers’ before-and-after photos (if available). It’s also important to find out whether the trainers sought professional training and certification, if they can adhere to your schedule and if they can train you at a location that works for both of you.

Finally, contact several trainers for cost estimates. This way, you can hire a trainer who not only provides great services but also fits within your budget.

What exactly does a personal trainer do?

A personal trainer is tasked with working with a client to achieve fitness goals. Personal trainers may take clients in a small group or do one-on-one training. Their focus is on fitness goals — muscular capacity, working on cardiovascular endurance, improving flexibility, and even recommending diet changes and at-home exercises. Personal trainers may work with clients in the gym or at their homes, depending on their preference.

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.

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.

Reviews for Vestavia Hills personal trainers
Kara E.
Chris is a great personal trainer, he helped me reach my fitness goals
Cristal C.
Very professional. Personal training and classes are reasonable and easy to modify, especially for those restarting the weight loss and fitness journey!
Geaux Play Sports Training & FitnessGeaux Play Sports Training & Fitness
Andre G.
This is my first time working with personal trainers and I am not disappointed. Professional and dedicated, Chris, Wes and John have all made my training with Engine1 worthwhile. Highly recommended, 10/10.
Sierra C.
My trainer is Jennifer and I LOVE her! She listens to me and tailors our sessions to my needs. I feel like she prescribes the workouts to my body type, ability, and personal goals. She is incredibly personable, easy to talk to, and fun to train with! I have never enjoyed exercising or working out until I got a (semi) personal trainer. Now, I love it and I feel like it’s effective and helping me achieve my goals.
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Harmony T.
I am having a great experience! The classes are fun and everyone is nice. The personal trainers are very helpful and I have already started to see results.
Geaux Play Sports Training & FitnessGeaux Play Sports Training & Fitness
Carol R.
I have been going to this personal trainer for a little over month now. And they are amazing!!!!! They build their program on 3 principles and they make sure you are accomplishing your goals.
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Thumbtack Customer
Brad is a great trainer. He is committed to the success of each client and makes adjustments as needed to ensure each client reaches his or her unique goals. The gym itself is unassuming and its clients are very open & friendly. I have all of the trainers easy to work with and create a collegial environment. I highly recommended Brad and his staff to anyone seeking personal training.
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Thumbtack Customer
I hired Chris for personal training for me and my teenage son. I've enjoyed every minute of it. He encourages us and pushes us pass what we feel are our limits. He is an excellent trainer and he cares about his clients. He provided us with meal plans and told us different things that we could do to get the results we are looking for. I am looking forward to the transformation that me and my son will have. If you are looking for a personal trainer I strongly advise you to give Chris a call. He is definitely the man for the job!
Cameron R.
Good results but personally was a frustrating experience and I most likely won't try personal training again. I felt like I wasn't taken seriously or treated with respect, I would not recommend.
Thumbtack Customer
Chris is one of the most knowledgable people, let alone personal trainers, I have ever met. He is very helpful in telling me exactly what I need to do with my exercise routine and nitrution. His facility is clean and private. Chris also is extremely accommodating to my hectic schedule. I could not recommend a person more.
Thumbtack Customer
I just finished my first week with Chris and he is the most amazing personal trainer ever!!! I have used several personal trainers in the past with no results. After one week, I have lost 7 lbs and feel the tightness in my body. Chris understands fitness like no one I have ever met before. His knowledge is astounding!!! He is so focused on your goals and helping you achieve them. I was impressed with his profile (i.e. experience, education and body transformations of past clients). I could not say enough good things about Chris!!! He is 100% worth every dime you will invest. He designed a meal plan & exercise plan especially for me because he understands that NOT one size fits all!!! There is no doubt that I am going to get (ME) back and restore everything that life has taken from me in the last 25 years. So if you are serious and want to make a change......CHRIS IS YOUR MAN....for the job. Vickie Reid
Maria M.
I have needed to lose some weight since the pandemic (who hasn't) and really for years. Shaping U Fitness has checked all the boxes for a healthy overall lifestyle: 1/ fitness geared toward your body and your abilities, with tailoring exercises that you can accomplish. If one exercise wasn't quite right, they adapted to your abilities while striving for you to reach higher goals. Strength training is so important especially as our bodies change with age, to stay healthy and also to prevent injury. 2/ Personal sessions to talk about your meal plan, how you think about food, to get you on a better mental health track geared to eating better and for life. 3/ Just overall a great place to train without high pressure; I met so many nice people looking for the same fitness goals and it has been a wonderful experience. Brad and his crew authentically care about their clients; I highly recommend this place!
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