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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 Irvine personal trainers
Rami K.
Svetness is an excellent personal trainer provider with exceptional customer service and flexiblity
Svetness Personal TrainingSvetness Personal Training
Annie C.
I am glad I’ve found Angie as a personal trainer during this pandemic. Angie is very professional and always come on time or before time even my session starts as early as 6 am. I’ve been improved a lot on my posture and feel less tense after each class. Angie is definitely a good choice of trainer.
Peach Body LLC (Covina)Peach Body LLC (Covina)
Kresimir P.
First experience with a personal trainer and Gonzo really made me feel comfortable at the gym! He walked me through everything we were doing and put in place a plan that will work for my body! Will recommend Gonzo to anyone!!
Self Made GonzSelf Made Gonz
Winston B.
Shoshanna is amazing!! You never know what to expect when you hire a personal trainer. I want to be pushed hard and that is what Shoshanna brings to the table. Professional, Punctual and makes working out a blast. I highly recommend! A+++++
SCULPTED Shoshanna FitnessSCULPTED Shoshanna Fitness
Zhile R.
Corey has been a very helpful personal trainer since we worked together. My fitness goal is to gain weight and increase strength and I saw very steady and constant improvements along the way. Looking forward to making more progress with him in the future!
OC Mobile FitnessOC Mobile Fitness
Sharmila b.
I have been working with Angie for personal training for a month. She gave me a fitness (along with meals) plan that fits for my schedule and convenience, very responsive and checks in with me very frequently. I can already see results and I would recommend her to anyone.
Peach Body LLC (Covina)Peach Body LLC (Covina)
Jae K.
I would honestly give Andrew 10 stars if I could as he has been the most professional and caring personal trainer I have ever been with. Within just 2 months after starting my first session, I have gained 15-20 pounds and have seen noticeable change/great improvement. Andrew is also very responsive as he gets back to me usually within 3 minutes!! I highly recommend Andrew Salcido for anyone that is looking to get in shape/gain muscle/lose fat. Highly recommended. 🙌🏻
Andrew SalcidoAndrew Salcido
Vicki L.
I found Nicole randomly as I was searching for a personal trainer online. From the initial conversation I could tell that Nicole had a clear sense of direction and that our communication styles were similar. And also she seemed knowledgable about how to balance the nutrition aspect of things. So I began training with Nicole 2x a week for about 7-8 months this year and she has been a great trainer. She was always making sure that I had a balanced workout each week, making sure that we were paying attention to all the different muscles. She was always attentive making sure that I had the proper form and also pushing me and encouraging me along the way. Through my time with her, I have gained so much knowledge about how to put together a balanced nutritional plan, learned a variety of exercises that I didn't know before and gained the confidence in being able to work out on my own without being intimidated by the equipment. I've also been able to build a lot of muscle and definition and strength in my body which I have been very happy with and look forward to working hard to maintain. I left a much more detailed review on her page on yelp so look there for more info!
Nicole Rianna FitnessNicole Rianna Fitness
Frank W.
Over the past ten years, my wife, Anita, and I have dealt with five personal trainers—all of them highly qualified. We would recommend all of them to anyone who wants help from a professional to get back into or stay in shape. But Dr. Hannah Caldas is, hands down, the best trainer we have ever encountered. Not only is she a highly accomplished athlete but she is also a trained neuroscientist with two life changing patents under her belt. She is also the best person that we have ever encountered who knows how to work with older people to build strength, endurance, flexibility, and better breathing. For breathing, she uses techniques from postural restoration, a unique type of physical therapy that addresses the body's postural position and the potential muscular imbalances which lead to pain. Through this process, Dr. Caldas, homes in on the relationship of various parts of Anita’s body to the diaphragm and rib cage. This is an important aspect of the sessions as Anita is 87 years old and has COPD. Her doctors have marveled at the degree of muscle mass improvement in areas around her rib cage (and in her arms) and how all of this has improved her breathing. For walking and strength, Dr. Caldas uses kinesis therapy. Anita suffered from major yoga and walking related injuries. Dr. Caldas’s work with respect to walking and strength building has gone a long way toward helping her walk, finally, without her walker or a cane! There is also the traditional, or classical, strength building (i.e., weightlifting) approaches that Anita’s sessions take, which are helping to retrain her movement patterns and mechanics. Finally, I should say that there is (so far) no such thing as a medical question or a workout question that Dr. Hannah Caldas (a) can’t answer and/or (b) has not encountered and solved. She’s truly amazing. Her sessions are worth every penny.
Dr HannahDr Hannah
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