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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. 

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.

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 Foster City personal trainers
Jim G.
Ben has been very helpful towards my steady progress of being more physically fit. He has put together a customized program to help me meet my fitness goals. He is quite knowledgeable and an effective personal trainer.
Benjamin LimBenjamin Lim
Alex F.
Holly is very caring and kind. She also has been in the personal training business for awhile , she's not new at this. She has a variety of clients at different levels and definitely caters to me in terms of challenging me where I'm at. She's also very friendly and professional. All in all, I would recommend her to anyone!
Holly Roser FitnessHolly Roser Fitness
Sonam K.
I have been training with Will for two years now. My husband joined me early this year and he accommodated both of us now. Will is an excellent personal trainer and plans excellent workouts. He improvises on the spot looking at the heart rate and other factors which need to be considered. He is very free to talk to and understands his field very well. He is a super friendly person and flexible. It is great knowing him and working out with him . We just started working out in COVId times online and he is amazing remotely also !! Highly recommend him and if you workout with him you are in safe hands !
Willis Personal trainingWillis Personal training
Damien D.
Ben is hands down the best trainer I've ever worked with. I've had trainers at every gym I've been a member of and saw some results, but always ended up hitting a plateau after a few months. My trainers would just say I must not be eating well enough or doing my exercises at home even though I was following our programs carefully. Ben's style is very different than trainers I've had in the past. He's extremely detail oriented with technique and knowledgeable about virtually everything related to fitness and nutrition. I asked him a question that he said he would research, and by the time I got home he had sent me 3 articles and his own personal take on what they meant! At first I was worried that we would spend too much time talking about details I didn't really care about, but after a few sessions I definitely understand why we spent as much time as we did walking me through all the muscles, terms, and science of training. He actually told me his priority is for me to have all the information I need to reach my goals without him, because I'm the only one that can really be responsible for my results. Every other trainer I've had insisted that I needed to see them almost every day for months or I won't get anywhere, so his honest desire to see me be successful on my own genuinely shocked me. I definitely recommend training with Ben, he clearly loves what he's doing and if you want to get in shape he'll show you (with facts) the shortest way to get there.
Benjamin LimBenjamin Lim
Thumbtack Customer
I have been training with William for almost 2.5 years now. I initially signed up for a few sessions to see where it goes. But overtime I have come to rely on him to keep me on track and keep improving. My strength has gone up 3x and I feel amazing. William is really professional and keeps evolving the program as I progress. He is thoughtful about my personal needs and aims to build good habits that will keep me fit lifelong. I fully recommend him!
Willis Personal trainingWillis Personal training
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