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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 Mission Valley personal trainers
Salem A.
Great personal trainer, highly recommended.
TSD TrainingTSD Training
Justin V.
Great personal trainer and very knowledgeable
Nilou E.
She is the best trainer out there. She cares about you and listens to your goals and makes a personal training program to fit your schedule and your needs. I am more than happy to have her as my personal trainer. She truely is the perfect trainer.
Beany's FitnessBeany's Fitness
Eva B.
OUTSTANDING Markshane is the epitome of what I need in a personal trainer.
UTC-MIRAMAR, CA. Shape Up Studio Personal TrainingUTC-MIRAMAR, CA. Shape Up Studio Personal Training
Thumbtack Customer
My experience with the personal trainer and the Shape Up Studio was a wonderful and enlightening experience in my life.
UTC-MIRAMAR, CA. Shape Up Studio Personal TrainingUTC-MIRAMAR, CA. Shape Up Studio Personal Training
June C.
He is my first personal trainer and I train on a good pace where I feel like I'm not dying and I want to come back and improve myself.
MG FitnessMG Fitness
Moe s.
One of the best personal trainers I've had, and I've been through several others. Ty is professional and communicative.
Ty's Military FitnessTy's Military Fitness
Miguel V.
Manuel has been great, responded immediately and pretty soon he became my personal trainer. Would recommend!
MG FitnessMG Fitness
Drew x.
Already learned a lot during the consultation and the free session. I will continue with him as my personal trainer. Everything was excellent!
AM FITNESS - Online TrainingAM FITNESS - Online Training
Cleopatra B.
Very to the point person and has great knowledge about what it takes to meet personal fitness goals. Looking forward to training.
Blu Fountain FitnessBlu Fountain Fitness
Avionna P.
Markshane personal training has been so good for me, as I have such a hectic schedule and most personal trainers aren't flexible enough to be able to accommodate. I love how quick yet effective our sessions are. I can count on Markshane to be there every week holding me accountable, I am so happy to have found him!
UTC-MIRAMAR, CA. Shape Up Studio Personal TrainingUTC-MIRAMAR, CA. Shape Up Studio Personal Training
Brian B.
Zack is patient, encouraging, and steady - all the qualities you want in a personal trainer (especially for a beginner like me)! I'd highly recommend Zack.
VBA FitnessVBA Fitness
Caitlyn G.
Markshane is a great trainer! So far I've had him for one session and I'm already feeling really challenged. I am more motivated training with him and I appreciated his dedication to his clients. 😀😀😀 highly recommend taking up his personal training!
UTC-MIRAMAR, CA. Shape Up Studio Personal TrainingUTC-MIRAMAR, CA. Shape Up Studio Personal Training
Faith W.
Markshane is an awesome personal trainer, i would highly recommend him! He will push you to your goal and he makes work outs fun!
UTC-MIRAMAR, CA. Shape Up Studio Personal TrainingUTC-MIRAMAR, CA. Shape Up Studio Personal Training
Roberta C.
Michael is exactly what I was looking for in a personal trainer. If I’m honest I was a little intimidated to start personal training. But Michael is always right behind me, cheering me on throughout the whole workout. There’s no mistaking the fact that he really cares about his clients. He pays attention to everything you’re doing while you train, but also helps you to see where certain habits outside of the gym might be getting in the way of your progress. It’s super personal(IZED) training. Every workout is designed to help me achieve the goals that we spoke about right at the beginning. I’ve been working out for a while now, and I know what a cookie cutter workout looks like. He doesn’t do that. 5 stars all the way!
New Sapiens Personal TrainingNew Sapiens Personal Training
Samantha S.
Michael was an awesome personal trainer! He’s super easy to work with, and will accommodate circumstances to ensure you have the chance to reach your goals. We really looked forward to getting the chance to train with him, and will definitely be contacting him again! Highly recommended.
New Sapiens Personal TrainingNew Sapiens Personal Training
Robert T.
James is the perfect personal trainer if you are looking for someone who will see where you are physically and help you get better without setting unrealistic goals. Every time I work out with James I feel that he is helping me improve steadily without pushing me beyond my capabilities. If you think you're not "buff" or "advanced" enough for a personal trainer, James is the guy for you!
Ageless Strength & FitnessAgeless Strength & Fitness
Randel P.
Wes provides great personal training. He offers competitive pricing, great facilities and quality service. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a PT.
The SilverBack Club Private Personal TrainingThe SilverBack Club Private Personal Training
Thumbtack Customer
His knowledge is impressive and it translates in his creation of specific and personal workouts. He is very patient but pushes you enough. I highly recommend Wes as your trainer.
The SilverBack Club Private Personal TrainingThe SilverBack Club Private Personal Training
Elijah M.
My fiancée and I have been going to Shape Up Studio for nearly a month now and we really like Markshane and the other personal trainers there. They are really helpful and want you to achieve the goals that you are seeking. They push you hard, provide positive feedback on what you are doing well at, and offer great suggestions on things that you could improve on. I would highly recommend to anyone seeking a personal trainer!
UTC-MIRAMAR, CA. Shape Up Studio Personal TrainingUTC-MIRAMAR, CA. Shape Up Studio Personal Training
Bruce T.
Devin is an amazing personal trainer. Very professional, super friendly, easy to work with and motivating. I highly recommend him. Looking forward to seeing where this adventure will take me.
Enis V.
This man is on beastmode 24/7. I had my doubts about getting a personal trainer but two minutes into talking to him and I was sold. It's going great so far. The Jesus Christ of personal trainers. Professional, timely, affordable, and funny as hell. 10/10! You'll have a blast as you destroy yourself in his gym and laugh while you take 14 years to get out of bed after leg day.
AM FITNESS - Online TrainingAM FITNESS - Online Training
Chris P.
I would highly recommend Devin as a personal trainer for his commitment, knowledge, approach and professionalism. Devin is great at creating tailored workouts for your personal goals and also correcting your form to get the maximum results. I have been working out with Devin now for almost 3 months and have seen body fat percentage go down, my clothes are fitting better and I have more muscle definition. He keeps the workouts fun and they go by so quick when you are having a great conversation and laughing. I would definitely recommend Devin to anyone looking for a personal trainer and to accomplish goals that are set on day one of your personal wellness/fitness journey.
Zach P.
When I started training with Rich I was recovering from a torn ligament in my foot. In our sessions Rich ensured my foot was able to heal/grow stronger while still maximing my workout. Rich is able to be flexible around my variable schedule and I feel healthier since training with him. I'd recommend Rich to anyone looking for a personal trainer.
Visualize FitnessVisualize Fitness
Haya A.
Zack has been my personal trainer for almost 4 months now.Training with Zack was the best decision I made. Zack listens to my goals, and helps me accordingly.He helps me with my diet, and trains me 2 times per week.He's very detail oriented ; he will make sure that you are enjoying your time, achieving your goals, and learning from him.He will push you hard, but he will never push you hard enough to injure you.Zack knows what he's doing, and he's great at it.If you are looking for a personal trainer, Zack is the right man for you!
VBA FitnessVBA Fitness
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