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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. 

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.

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.

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.

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 Santa Monica personal trainers
Razan A.
Chris is an excellent personal trainer! I was really nervous about our first session because I haven't worked out with a trainer in a while. Chris is great at meeting his clients where they are at by assessing their needs, dietary behavior, and exercise routine. He's upbeat and somehow takes the time to get to know you, without wasting any time with the workout. I felt like this was the best use of my time and glad he's helping me kickstart my routine. If you're thinking about a new personal trainer, you can't go wrong with him.
Christopher ReyesChristopher Reyes
Thumbtack Customer
Amy is the best. I'm trying to get back into shape and her sessions, advice and encouragements are absolutely priceless. I've made progress in a month that I had stopped hoping for. She's the perfect personal trainer!
Amy Bishop Yoga and FitnessAmy Bishop Yoga and Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
Jonathan has been a great addition to my exercise life. As I'm lucky enough to be a trainer of the 2012 KY Derby winner, my personal fitness had gone to the crapper. Jonathan has designed an environment to get me back in shape. I couldn't be happier since hiring Jonathan. Doug O
Sparta AcademySparta Academy
Matt M.
LOVE LOVE LOVE MORGAN!!!!! I've been working with Morgan for over a year now since Feb 2016. I started with her to get stronger because I had a minor injury in my pelvis and also to get strong enough to wear heels and feel great at my wedding which was May 2015. I am already a small frame and thin person so it was never about appearance for me, I really wanted someone who would understand how to work with me, and my body... to strengthen my back, to tone my arms... to make me feel GREAT and give me a boost of energy and better mood. Morgan did all of those things and I've stayed with her ever since. I honestly would rather give my every last dime to have her personal training with me than eat or shop or anything else. It has been the best experience for me. Her energy is infectious, she is sensitive and caring and in tune with what I need, want and how to push me in the right way that I stay motivated. I can't say enough about Morgan, her skills, the variety of the exercises keeps it interesting. She is patient, which with me I really need. We've done everything from sweating buckets workouts with kettle bells to yoga to you name it. I have never felt better, looked better, and I owe that all to Morgan. She understands anatomy and it really helps that she has such varied experience in her training from physique 57 to yoga to this and that. If I could afford it I would have her work with me every day of the week! I've worked with several other folks and nobody comes close to Morgan. I hope I never leave LA because I could not envision my day to day without her cheering me on and pushing me towards my goals.
Morgan Ariel's Personal TrainingMorgan Ariel's Personal Training
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