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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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. 

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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.

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.

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 Berkeley personal trainers
Lionel C.
Sunil has trained my son and I for months now. He is an exceptional trainer who is adapting the sessions to each of us, to our personal needs, balancing cardio with core with stretching. He is very good at increasing the training levels over time to make sure we push ourselves while making it attainable. I really recommend him. On top of it, he is a very nice guy, always on time and smiling.
Boxing + Yoga + Personal trainingBoxing + Yoga + Personal training
Jacco K.
Marco is an excellent trainer. He listens very well, constantly assesses your personal needs and adapts if needed. He introduces a lot of variety to keep it interesting. And last but not least, he's fun to hang out with.
On The Go FitnessOn The Go Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
After years and years of wanting to have a personal trainer, I always pushed it off. But something about turning 25 was a wake up call for me. So I made the plunge and did my research and looked into plenty of Personal Trainers but none of them really stood out. It wasn't until using this service and Anthony reaching out to me is a very fast manner that I took the opportunity to meet with him. Let's just say after a quick 15 min phone call and getting to know one another, I was hooked and ready to go. I started my training session on Monday and for someone who really hasn't stepped foot in a GYM or lifted weights, Anthony understands that and works to your level. During the 30 min workout (which felt longer at times haha) he was with me every step of the way, motivating and encouraging me to complete my sets. It has truly been the best investment I have ever made and look forward to accomplishing my goals. You won't go wrong with God's Gym & Anthony as your trainer. This guy knows his stuff!
Navarro Fitness CenterNavarro Fitness Center
Nicole A.
Ana is a phenomenal personal trainer, and I don't think my progress would ever be this way without her. Her pricing is incredible, as is her service. I lost 10 pounds in the FIRST WEEK, of having her as a trainer, via the meal plan and workouts she provides, and the weight just continued to fall off ever since. Her program is so translatable to everyday life, and this has almost become my routine (that is how easy it is to implement). This is not crash diet program, this a program for results associated with a life-style and mindset change, and Ana is the best person to have along your journey. She is encouraging and responsive, and she is very invested in you! I had talked to countless trainers on this site and others with services in the Bay Area, and l landed on Ana, and it was the perfect match. Ana is super down-to-earth and very professional--if you are looking to make some serious changes, but in a way that eases to you in with maximum result, Ana is the trainer for you!
Fitbasics by AnaFitbasics by Ana
Thumbtack Customer
Anthony is absolutely awesome and so is the owner Gary. I am very confident that I will reach my weight loss goals here at God's Gym. Anthony took the time to explain every piece of equipment, he demonstrated exactly how I was to do it and what muscle group it was working. He stayed with me with me the whole time and gave me his complete attention. The gym setting is small and intimate and very clean. It has The old school feeling to it. I love that. I recommend God's Gym to anyone who's looking for personal training with an extra special attention.
Navarro Fitness CenterNavarro Fitness Center
Eima P.
Kelly helped me get into shape right before I became pregnant. She helped me focus on a work-out plan that fit well with my goals and what I wanted to achieve. She also customized a monthly meal plan exclusively for me and my interests. I couldn't be more happy with her dedication to push me when I needed the drill sergeant trainer, but also balance it out and be supportive when I was not feeling well or sick and needed to take things slow. Another plus factor with Kelly is that she LOVES dogs. We incorporated workouts that helped me focus on myself, without feeling guilty or losing out on time I could spend with my dog outdoors. Kelly is super professional, educated and experienced in personal training. I would recommend her to any of my closest family and friends.
Lotus Soul FitnessLotus Soul Fitness
Lauren S.
Sachi is an incredible personal trainer and I feel very fortunate that I discovered her here on thumbtack. I was 8 months postpartum when I started working with her, and was struggling to get back into shape. She has helped me not only get into shape, and feel like I can keep up with my toddler, but also recover from old painful injuries through stretching, and good exercise. Her workouts are fresh and fun and always at just the right intensity level (not too easy, but not so hard you can’t walk for days). She is wonderful to be around, and talk with. Her positive attitude really makes me feel like I could do anything I put my mind too! I would recommend her to anyone who asks (and I already have)!
Sachi GeorgievaSachi Georgieva
Thumbtack Customer
I just had my first session with Naush, and this is the first time I've seen a personal trainer 1-on-1, so I don't have a ton of context for what makes a good or outstanding session, but I did commit to at least 5 more sessions with him, so that's probably the best review of all. I'm leaving room for an "outstanding" review until I start to see results, as that, to me, will be the true test of value. He seems like a lovely person, caring and supportive, and what I like most of all so far is his attention and care around making sure I'm completing each exercise with the proper form, to prevent injury. So, you know what? Changed my mind. Giving him 5 stars. Can't think of anything I'd have wanted him to do differently.
Resilient BeingResilient Being
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