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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 Oakland personal trainers
Thumbtack Customer
Hashim is an amazing personal training; the real deal. Very nice, polite, and realistic. I felt excellent after each session.
Plant Powered FitnessPlant Powered Fitness
Skander G.
I recently hired Steve as my personal trainer. Since the consultation session, without any doubt, I decided this is the trainer I need to achieve my workout goals. During the consultation session, he was able to identify specific target areas I need to work on, which I found it very interesting. I was impressed by his knowledge and experience. He is patient and very attentive, and he is developing a personalized workout plan adapted to my abilities. I’m excited that he will be able to help me reach the next level. I would definitely recommend Steve as a personal trainer.
Steve Paul AthleticsSteve Paul Athletics
Gerry O.
Awesome personal trainer. Been working with Mike for about 3 months and starting to see improvements in my strength and energy, every few weeks he mixes it up by introducing new stretches and exercises to keep it from becoming monotonous.
Mike Kupiec - Certified Personal TrainingMike Kupiec - Certified Personal Training
Nisha K.
Ty was awesome! She was always observant, adaptive, and prepared. I enjoyed a good professional/personal balance in our relationship. I also appreciated the many different approaches to training/coaching that she applied to our sessions. Highly recommend!
On The Go FitnessOn The Go Fitness
Shazia H.
Out of all the trainers I spoke with, Jerry at Klasik Fit was definitely the most personable and knowledgeable. He asked me such great questions and took the time to think through a plan and pair me with a trainer that made the most sense. I just finished my first (official) training session with Cameron this morning and she is AMAZING! Couldn't recommend Klasik Fit more! The entire team is super nice and extremely easy to talk to and get help from - try them out if you're looking for a personal trainer who cares about form and cares about you!
Klasik FitKlasik Fit
Ikenna O.
I'd already been actively focused on my fitness before meeting Marcos. However, when COVID happened, it threw a big wrench into my plans. Luckily, Marcos was there to save the day. On our first session, he was able to assure me that I could continue making progress and reach my goals (in the absence of a gym). He was able to listen to what I wanted to accomplish and craft a complete workout that would push me closer to my goals. We've been training for several months now, and I am incredibly happy with the progress I've made, both physically and mentally. He continually challenges me when he knows I could achieve more, and he's constantly incorporate new movements and entirely new workouts to keep things fresh and interesting. His knowledge and passion for fitness and wellness is extraordinary. Of all the personal trainers I've had in the past, Marcos definitely ranks as the best.
On The Go FitnessOn The Go Fitness
Lylia g.
In the world of trainers (and there are so many) Mike is such a gem and I am so glad I found him! COVID has been difficult to say the least and I was in serious need of some accountability and physical fitness. This is my first experience of having a personal trainer and I could never go back. Mike understands that different body types and ages need different types of workouts in order to be effective. He is so good as watching how you progress and knows when’s it time to up level you into a more intense session. He’s also super cool which is important when you’re hanging out with someone for 60m! I just finished 2 months of 3 sessions a week and I haven’t felt this good in 10 years! How you feel in your body is how you feel in your mind, specially now during such an uncertain time it’s so wonderful to have some consistency. Highly recommend Mike 💯
Mike Kupiec - Certified Personal TrainingMike Kupiec - Certified Personal Training
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