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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 La Jolla Village personal trainers
Catie W.
Markshane is high energy, focused and determined to get you where you need to be physically. He offers a team of personal trainers at Shape Up Studios who will work you hard. High recommendations from this sore body!
UTC-MIRAMAR, CA. Shape Up Studio Personal TrainingUTC-MIRAMAR, CA. Shape Up Studio Personal Training
Thumbtack Customer
I've never been a fan of working out or the gym and after stretches of steadily gaining weight I invariably end up signing for a personal trainer as that's the only way I'll get some exercise in!! I signed up with Matt on a whim at a time when I was feeling especially unmotivated and was at my unhealthiest. Take it from someone who has rolled through a considerable number of trainers over the past several years that Matt is as good as they come!! He has an incredible work ethic, always showing up exactly on time and giving you 100% of his attention while training with you. He keeps switching up the exercises to keep things fun and interesting and will even get down and workout with you to push you to get those extra reps in. Matt is always trying to inspire be it by sharing a video of his new personal record or a picture of his meal prep for the week. He even cooked an entire week's worth of meals for me to help me get on track and is the only trainer who has got me to run outdoors - something I absolutely dread - by running along with me and giving me just the right amount of rests in between runs. They say exercise releases endorphins that give you a positive feeling - working out with Matt has definitely proven this to be true. With his cheerful demeanor, his goofy jokes and impressions, his positivity, encouragement & discipline Matt will have you getting stronger and working out more without even realizing it. For someone who detested the idea of working out I am surprised at how much I look forward to sessions with Matt and how accomplished I feel after. I picked Matt because of the reviews I read on thumbtack. I'm hoping my review inspires some one out there also looking to make a positive change. This is an investment in yourself that will definitely pay off!!
Matt Vegvary's Personal TrainingMatt Vegvary's Personal Training
Aurelie p.
I was referred to Michael through a friend who did triathlon training with him. She had a great experience with Michael, said he was super knowledgeable and a great motivator, which was exactly what I needed. I honestly have never been a gym person. In fact I’ve always kind of dreaded the idea. But Michael showed me that the gym was only one part of staying healthy and that there was no reason to be intimidated. We worked on a lot of things, including nutrition, posture stuff, even mindset. I’ve gotten way stronger, significantly reduced body fat, have increased range of motion in almost all of my joints, and generally just feel like I have heaps more energy day to day. It’s hard to say exactly when it happened, but now I look forward to going to the gym. The workouts that Michael comes up with are always fun and interesting, so I’m always excited to see what we’re going to do that day. I’m so bummed that he left NY! But I get it. I mean, San Diego. He’s referred me to some other trainers here in NY, but it’s not the same. I know I’ll have to cut the umbilical cord at some point, but I’m not ready. We still do online sessions. If you’re reading this review, don’t look any further. Michael will be the best personal trainer you’ll find.
New Sapiens Personal TrainingNew Sapiens Personal Training
Andre P.
I've worked w/ a number of personal trainers and had mixed reviews w/ a lot or my experiences. To be clear, Michael was excellent and I'll continue working w/ him. Generally speaking, I have a lot of questions and like to get detailed answers about why I'm doing a particular exercise, what muscles it's working, what the best number of sets and rep range is and why. I also like to know about the science behind nutrition. Why are some foods better for certain things? What's the best macronutrient breakdown. Michael has answers to all of my questions and loves to talk about this stuff. He's always happy to go into as much detail as I want. And he never complains when I contact him with questions outside of the gym. Sometimes I'll hit him when I'm at the farmer's market to see what he thinks about a certain food. He's super available and an amazing resource for total health. Couldn't recommend him more.
New Sapiens Personal TrainingNew Sapiens Personal Training
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