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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 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 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 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 Mid-City personal trainers
Kristina P.
The best personal trainer!!
Elite FitnessElite Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
don't want to have a personal trainer right now.... nothing personal
Lindsey Gentile - Personal TrainerLindsey Gentile - Personal Trainer
Cindy J.
Nancy is an exceptionally qualified personal trainer. She has both a medical training background. Just what I need in a trainer.
Nancy SchwarzNancy Schwarz
Thumbtack Customer
Personal trainer who to come your home or office
Lillia f.
Theresa is an excellent trainer- super knowledgeable, caring and helpful! Would 100% recommend to anyone looking for a great personal trainer!
Jael S.
Amazing personal trainer. Would highly recommend! The workouts are fun. I enjoy the training so much and I am very grateful for your support. 👍💪👏
Adrian D.
Overall happy with the deal and the service that I received from SVETNESS My personal trainer Daniel is awesome as well!
Svetness Personal TrainingSvetness Personal Training
Thumbtack Customer
Gil has now become my personal trainer permanently. He has gone above and beyond what a normal trainer has done. He cares and is committed to my goals.
Gil Correa TrainerGil Correa Trainer
Payton H.
"Melody is personable and has a lot of integrity. Having worked with other personal trainers, I can say that Melody is one of the best."
Tai S.
Highly recommend Chris for personal training! He is detail oriented, professional, responsive, and brings all his training experiences and expertise to the table to create a plan and workout routine that will help you meet your goals.
Christopher ReyesChristopher Reyes
Thumbtack Customer
Sameem is the BEST!!! Very knowledgeable and he keep close contact with his clients. His training sessions will give you all aspects of living a healthy life. I highly recommended Sameem for ones personal trainer.
Sameem Rouhani FitnessSameem Rouhani Fitness
Patricia Z.
Luis is an excellent personal trainer. Very easy to work with and very inspirational in helping me to work towards my fitness goals. Highly recommend!!!
Primal StrengthPrimal Strength
Karen B.
Louie is the consummate professional. He is never late, he brings all of the equipment, he is clearly very well educated and trained, he disinfects all of the equipment. He is personable and positive. He is everything you want in a personal trainer.
Personal Training By Louie GarciaPersonal Training By Louie Garcia
Noelle T.
This is my first time doing personal training virtually and I'm so glad I went for it! Melody is great, she's super responsive and has great workouts!
Alya S.
Working with Sara aka PIK was the worst personal training experience I’ve had in 10+ years of working with personal trainers. She repeatedly no-showed, late-canceled, and arrived late to appointments. The reasons she gave ranged from sleeping through her alarm to double booking. After 8 no-shows and last minute cancellations in a month, I had to discontinue training with her due to her unreliability and unprofessionalism. Beware of pre-purchasing a training package with her; I requested a refund for my unused sessions and she is refusing to respond to my request. On top of all of the above, she weaponized the fact that I am a new mom (who trusted her during a vulnerable postpartum time) to shame me when I tried to hold her accountable for a month’s worth of missed commitments (see screenshots). Do not waste your time or money on FIT by PIK for personal training!
Victoria K.
Started my personal training sessions with Luis, and so far I'm very happy with the experience. Luis is very professional, punctual, and maintains excellent communication. Looking forward to the results :)
Personal trainingPersonal training
Patty V.
The perfect in-home personal trainer! 🏋️ Lost 10 inches in my waist! My body still looks feminine and has curves, slightly toned. I’m so happy!
ZipZapFit® Virtual FitnessZipZapFit® Virtual Fitness
Akshay P.
Ben is a great trainer. He knows and understands muscle very well and also gives you good advice on nutrition. He is diligent about tracking your personal records and that really helps you stay motivated. I'd recommend Ben as your next trainer without any reservation!
Ben Pavlovich - Toned Fitness Systems (Online)Ben Pavlovich - Toned Fitness Systems (Online)
Lynne H.
Rachel is a truly amazing trainer. She’s not only extremely personable, but attentive, patient and flexible. She makes each work out difficult, but also manageable. I’ve had a few personal trainers and this is the first time, I’ve been excited and motivated for each session. I could not recommend her more.
Rachel Steinberg - 📍West Hollywood locatedRachel Steinberg - 📍West Hollywood located
Tallulah C.
Hiring Melody as my personal trainer is one of the best decisions I have ever made! Melody has helped me achieve my goals and I love our sessions. She makes it fun and enjoyable to train and she is very motivating and encouraging! I absolutely love her and highly recommend her!
Mark T.
If motivation, flexibility, and a personal approach is what you need, Steven is the man for you. He’s knowledgeable and passionate about fitness, hence, he’s always willing to guide you through the process of achieving your fitness goals. I’d highly suggest that you take the initiative and train with him; Steven will be there to professionally support your training objectives.
SN7Fitness | BurbankSN7Fitness | Burbank
Jonathan D.
John is such a dedicated and talented personal trainer. In a single word his approach is all about precision. Sessions are tailored to my exact needs and the exercises focus in on the exact muscle groups we need to target. Highly recommended!
Thumbtack Customer
Morgan is wonderful!!!! She is caring, fun, encouraging, reliable, accommodating, skilled…she is all that anyone looks for in a personal trainer! I can't recommend her highly enough. Morgan deserves more than 5 stars!
Fitness With Morgan ArielFitness With Morgan Ariel
Sarah M.
Maggie is a great personal trainer. I've never worked out before and she made everything feel super accessible and doable, while still challenging. She is personable, knowledgeable, and professional, and I'd recommend her to anyone!
Maggie Priore CoachingMaggie Priore Coaching
Mohamed E.
Howard is a great personal trainer! Very knowledgeable, and passionate about what he does. Takes your goals into account. And he also takes the time to make sure he explains why things should be done one way and not another, as opposed to just telling you what to do. I honestly could not have hoped for a better trainer.
Howard Skora FitnessHoward Skora Fitness
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