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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 Bay Area personal trainers
Thumbtack Customer
Abbie has been an amazing personal trainer!
Weikang W.
Walked through with me about training plan and nutrition plan in detail! Very responsible personal trainer!
Custom Fit - Personal Training & NutritionCustom Fit - Personal Training & Nutrition
Thumbtack Customer
This is far and away the best personal training I've ever received!
Custom Fit - Personal Training & NutritionCustom Fit - Personal Training & Nutrition
Ferran T.
Definitely my favorite personal trainer to date! Thanks Jackie!
YouniquelyFit San FranciscoYouniquelyFit San Francisco
Thumbtack Customer
Aaron is awesome personal trainer. His session is not only assist training, but also eating habits, way of stretch and so on. These are very helpful for me. Usually, session with him in a outside park. It is a very excited and fun. If you are finding personal trainer, I will strongly recommend Aaron!
TRAINER San FranciscoTRAINER San Francisco
Jin Z.
I have been training with custom fit studio for a few months. I enjoyed with my personal trainer and have gained more muscles and got more fit.
Custom Fit - Personal Training & NutritionCustom Fit - Personal Training & Nutrition
Yohann G.
Finding a trainer, and someone who is educated with proper nutrition and training knowledge is not always easy to find. With that being said, Fast Pace Personal Training is more than your average program. Coach John and his team are the best coaches I have ever worked with. They will welcome you with open arms and help you reach your fitness goals in a matter of time! All of the trainers at Fast Pace are truly dedicated to their clients and take pride in all progress. Fast Pace Personal Training is not only helping me reach my goals of wanting to look top of my game but they also educated me about health, nutrition and training along the way. No matter if I was having a long day or great day the positive energy from the coach always kept me motivated and smiling when I was ready to give up! I could go on and on about my personal experience at Fast Personal Training because after a few sessions they weren't my trainers, they became family. Fast Pace has impacted my life to be a stronger, motivated and more focused man. Surrounding yourself with a team full of positive people who truly care about can make all the difference in the world! What are you waiting for? Fast Pace Personal Training is the place to be! They have great nutritional coaching and personal training sessions available, thanks John for all you guys have done and still doing for me. Yohann.
Fast Pace Personal Training inc.Fast Pace Personal Training inc.
Emily L.
Jackie is a great personal trainer - he meets his clients where they are at with their health and fitness goals and supports them with achieving those goals. If you’re in the Bay Area and looking for a trainer - I highly recommend him.
Jackie L. Fit (South SF/Bay Area)-Posture/StrengthJackie L. Fit (South SF/Bay Area)-Posture/Strength
Thumbtack Customer
David is an excellent coach and very knowledgeable about personal training. He's been fun to work with and I look forward to continuing to work with him.
David ScottDavid Scott
Adam G.
My personal trainer, Jamie, was very nice and personable. She was also knowledgeable about each workout and offered helpful advice. The gym in Mission Bay is great as well.
TRAINER San FranciscoTRAINER San Francisco
Jenn K.
David is a great trainer! He is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in matters relating to personal training, human anatomy, exercise physiology and nutrition. He will assess your fitness level and customize workouts to help you achieve your goals. Also, very punctual, responsive and flexible with scheduling.
David ScottDavid Scott
Soraya M.
Sunil is an amazing personal trainer! He is very flexible, punctual, and patient. I am really enjoying the classes with him. I like how he combines the classes with cardio, strength, or boxing. So happy with the results I am getting with Sunil these months. Thank you so much, Sunil ;) I highly recommend Sunil if you are looking for a personal trainer in San Francisco and want to have a great time while working out!!
Boxing + Yoga + Personal trainingBoxing + Yoga + Personal training
Jaimeen D.
Shawn is a good trainer to work with. She has a well thought approach to managing and alleviating pain caused by sports injuries and comes up with both challenging and engaging workouts. I would recommend Shawn to anyone who is not just looking for a personal trainer but also someone with deeper knowledge of how the body works.
Sport AdventureSport Adventure
Thumbtack Customer
Evan's a fantastic personal trainer. I've been working out with him for about five months, and he's helped me make more progress on strength training than I ever had before. Evan developed a training program suited to my needs and was really attentive in helping me find the right gym and right equipment to train with on the days that I'm not with him. He also made some recommendations to make sure my diet was conducive to muscle gain. Evan is also super knowledgable; whenever I have a question about a certain exercise he's recommended, he has a good answer for me, stemming from his years of experience in fitness. Overall, I'd definitely recommend Evan for whatever fitness goals you're working on. He's smart, professional, and detail-oriented, exactly the traits that you want in a personal trainer.
Custom Fit - Personal Training & NutritionCustom Fit - Personal Training & Nutrition
Kyle M.
John was a great coach and an overall great person. He didn't just treat this experience as a job but treated it as a person who would like to achieve a goal. I highly recommend John as a personal trainer!
Fast Pace Personal Training inc.Fast Pace Personal Training inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Evan is the best personal trainer I have ever worked with. He tweaked our workouts to exactly what I wanted, was supportive, encouraging, and just generally great to work with. I'd recommend him to anyone.
Custom Fit - Personal Training & NutritionCustom Fit - Personal Training & Nutrition
Jenny M.
Sunil is an awesome personal trainer. I've worked with several trainers and he's the best. His workouts are challenging and never boring, plus he always catches you if you try to cheat (which I do often). He is tough and I've gotten noticeably stronger in the 2 months we've been working together. I highly recommend.
Boxing + Yoga + Personal trainingBoxing + Yoga + Personal training
Nina B.
I’m new to San Francisco and found this awesome gym. Picked up personal training and have noticed a significant improvement with my posture (work from home slouch) and reduced overall pain. They gained a long term client.
Custom Fit - Personal Training & NutritionCustom Fit - Personal Training & Nutrition
Zoe M.
Mr. Shaw was and has been incredibly responsive to my personal needs. As a former athlete who is now out of shape, he has been encouraging and helpful in pushing me just enough. Best trainer I've ever had.
Marcellis Shaw Personal TrainingMarcellis Shaw Personal Training
J. Z.
I've been working with Evan and his team for quite some time now and would definitely recommend them to anyone. I've worked with several trainers in the past at other gyms or studios but have to say this has been the best experience. It's obvious all of the trainers here know fitness and teh facility is top notch. It's a very welcome and low key environment. I've seen several people in their 80s train here which has been great to see! It's never too crowded and only personal training. Would definitely recommend to anyone needing instruction on weight training or looking to get into shape.
Custom Fit - Personal Training & NutritionCustom Fit - Personal Training & Nutrition
Lucia R.
Custom Fit is hands down the nicest looking gym in San Francisco. They've got a ton of equipment and their staff is nice and helpful. Even while working out one on one with my personal trainer you can tell they have a friendly work culture. Other trainers and clients are easy to talk to and it's overall a great place. Good vibes all around. Highly recommend!
Custom Fit - Personal Training & NutritionCustom Fit - Personal Training & Nutrition
Marisa F.
I found Custom Fit here on Thumbtack and everything so far has been great!! I signed up for their intro Package of two personal training sessions and a DEXA scan and A Nutritionist consult and have decided to continue training!! The facilities are incredible, honestly just what I was looking for in this COVID environment. Very spacious, not crowded, and professional. Would highly recommend to everyone.
Custom Fit - Personal Training & NutritionCustom Fit - Personal Training & Nutrition
Thumbtack Customer
Abbie has become my personal trainer. She listens well and directs well. She obviously knows her stuff and has good advice to give. She pushed me hard but not to the point of not being able to do out next session.
Thumbtack Customer
I had been looking for a personal trainer for months, and I'm very glad that I had the chance of working with David! He is so passionate, so professional and the most importantly very well-informed. I was really enjoying his training sessions, because they were so focused and very motivating to develop more and to make progress. The training's pressure was just enough and I could easily see the difference after each session! I learned a lot from him! Highly recommended!
David ScottDavid Scott
Thumbtack Customer
For a while I had been looking into finding a personal trainer to learn the proper form of workout and better motivation. Evan is a spectacular personal trainer. He's very knowledgeable about what he is doing and will tune the workout towards your weak points. The first session he do your measurements and observer your strengths and then make a plan based on your time to help you reach your goal. I was in the city for short time, but he also gave me workout instructions that I can keep doing on my own and I am very happy I had the chance to workout with him.
Custom Fit - Personal Training & NutritionCustom Fit - Personal Training & Nutrition
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