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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 Brookland personal trainers
Caroline J.
Elin and his team of trainers are amazing. Truly best decision I made to get a personal trainer. Highly recommend
ELIN Fitness Redefined®ELIN Fitness Redefined®
Thumbtack Customer
Kev is everything I was looking for in a personal trainer. Professional, flexible, funny and super knowledgable. Highly recommend if you’re looking to hire a trainer to help you reach your fitness goals!
Know CompetitionKnow Competition
Thumbtack Customer
The customer service and professionalism was something I was impressed with and was the deciding factor on why I chose ELIN Personal Training Redefined.
ELIN Fitness Redefined®ELIN Fitness Redefined®
Thumbtack Customer
Hareldau Argyle is a phenomenal personal trainer and mentor. She believes in "total" fitness -- mind, body and spirit! She works closely with her clients to develop a tailor-made plan for achieving fitness goals and overall health! She is absolutely amazing! If you are lucky enough to train with her, your life will be forever changed for the better! She is a personal trainer SUPERSTAR!! I love her and recommend her highly!!
CoutureFit Fitness ServiceCoutureFit Fitness Service
Tony C.
The best In-Home Personal Training company to work with. A lot have changes have taken place since I've been training and now all my friends and family train with Svetness as well. My trainer is very helpful and I get the support I need when I call their office.
SVETNESS Personal TrainingSVETNESS Personal Training
Yasmine G.
I started with Svetness Personal Training a few months ago. My trainer is awesome, super friendly, but there to push me and get me to my best. It is super convenient since they come to my apartment gym for the workouts.
SVETNESS Personal TrainingSVETNESS Personal Training
Thumbtack Customer
I arranged for Personal Training with Gary at my home. Unlike other responses, his response to me from Thumbtack inquiry was personal. He clearly individualizes the program for the needs and goals of each client I continue to find him outstanding.
Gary Coble Personal TrainingGary Coble Personal Training
Angela K.
Marita is the best. She is well organized, very professional and super responsive. She works to address your needs while avoiding any problem/injured areas. I do personal training with her and also started taking an online group class. Her personal training is done both remotely and in person. I have done both. So glad I found her on Thumbtack.
Fight 2B Fit DC - Fitness & Medical ExerciseFight 2B Fit DC - Fitness & Medical Exercise
Thumbtack Customer
I have had 2 sessions so far and I'm very happy with the company and the trainer. Workouts are a lot of fun and they are not boring. From day one the staff at Svetness Personal Training was very professional and their philosophy is what made my decision in hiring them easy.
SVETNESS Personal TrainingSVETNESS Personal Training
Syed S.
Ivan is one of the great instructor I’ve worked with. He is very professional and have “client first” mentality. Price is fair too. Krissfit would be a great choice for personal training.
Krissfit Personal TrainingKrissfit Personal Training
Eunice h.
I was amazed at the quick response that I received after inquiring about personal training. While talking with Howard on the phone about my fitness goals, I was able to sense his passion for what he does. He is very professional, personable and knowledgeable about what he does. I have already been motivated while beginning this personal training journey, and I am confident he will help me reach my goal.
Iron Syndicate LlcIron Syndicate Llc
Sarah P.
I came to svetness in need of help with losing weight I put on after giving birth. I have started training with Svetness and I can say that I am 100% satisfied with the service I am receiving. My trainer is very prompt and knowledgeable in regards to personal training. My husband will actually start training with me twice a week! Excited to see my transformation throughout this transformation! Would highly recommend
SVETNESS Personal TrainingSVETNESS Personal Training
Cristina b.
Great trainer. Was willing to work with me to adjust for some of my personal limitations with no judgement. I got great workouts in and felt really good about what I was able to accomplish.
Yoko FitnessYoko Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
Cornelius is a great trainer. He develops a plan to meet your personal goals and constantly pushes you. He makes sure each session is challenging and engaging. I can't recommend him enough.
Yoko FitnessYoko Fitness
Jon D.
Great personal trainer who delivers an intense workout to get your adrenaline going. He is also very knowledgeable about the human body and understands how to balance the body effectively. Highly recommend.
DeepElevation ®DeepElevation ®
Jonathan S.
I am 16 years old and my parents gave me Svetness Personal Training as a birthday gift. I was tall and very skinny. Now that I have been working out for 7 months and have more muscle I think I can get on the Lacrosse team. Thanks Michael for the training.
SVETNESS Personal TrainingSVETNESS Personal Training
Thumbtack Customer
I have loved working out with Svetness. My personal trainer, Enitan, creates individualized workouts for me based on my fitness goals and abilities. No workout is the same, and I am always being challenged!
SVETNESS Personal TrainingSVETNESS Personal Training
Kelli D.
Just started training with Sam. As someone who hates working out, he makes it fun and really cares about his clients. Unlike some personal trainers, he meets you where you are at and makes a sincere effort to understand what works (or doesn’t work) for you. He challenges—but encourages. You should check him out.
More Active Lifestyle, LLCMore Active Lifestyle, LLC
Alesandra T.
Svetness really helped me with my personal growth, exercise-wise. Being a small girl, feeling strong is pretty empowering & that's what Svetness & my trainer, Allison, helped me do. If you are looking for a company that takes your personal growth, goals & health seriously, turn to Svetness because they'll help you get to where you want to go.
SVETNESS Personal TrainingSVETNESS Personal Training
Stacy F.
ELIN Personal Training Redefined is AWESOME! Our team was so impressed with not only the top notch service they provided, but also their team's willingness to learn more about our specific needs for our event. Excellent business and highly recommended.
ELIN Fitness Redefined®ELIN Fitness Redefined®
Erica O.
I have been working with Adam since October 2020 and it's been a great experience! He is always on time, very prepared, and equipped with everything necessary for a great workout. I would highly recommend him as a personal trainer!
Essential FitnessEssential Fitness
BoBeen C.
I recently started personal training with Carlos and he already motivated to continue my fitness journey, which I never could have done by myself. He's been great with everything - knowledgeable, attentive to your goals, communications, and great workout designed to your level and needs. He also designed a workout to do by myself on the days without training. Thank you, Carlos!
CGB Training LLCCGB Training LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Hareldau is by far the best personal trainer I have ever had. She has a very holistic approach to training taking into account of all aspects of your well-being. She gives brilliant work outs that leave you sweating and a bit sore initially but feeling much better. After just three sessions I feel healthier and have much more energy. She's the tops!!
CoutureFit Fitness ServiceCoutureFit Fitness Service
Carolyn A.
I am a current client, and signed up to get help with losing my postpartum weight, fix my diastasis recti, and prepare for my military PT test. Patrick is an awesome trainer! His program is well organized, and he provides a wealth of information. He is motivating, knowledgeable, and focused on helping you achieve your goals. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for exceptional quality personal training.
Lifelong Behavior Change w/ Coach PLifelong Behavior Change w/ Coach P
Kenneth M.
If you want to change your body, live a healthier life and not hate your time in the gym…work with Gladiator Strong Fitness. Shawn is one of the best in the business of personal training. He doesn’t go through the motions and he’s extremely knowledgeable about what you need to do to be a better you. I’m in the TV news business and it’s important for me to have a personal trainer who is flexible with my changing schedule. Shawn is not only flexible but he’s able to come to you! I wasn’t sure if I had the equipment needed in my building’s gym but Shawn quickly reassured me that he can make it work no matter the gym. His experience and professionalism are refreshing and he provides the motivation to keep you going. The initial assessment where Shawn got to know me and my goals really set us off on the right start.The price of working with Shawn is one that can’t be beat. His rates are great and the best in the region. I have to admit when I picked Shawn, I like a trainer who is a model of his personal training. Shawn talks the talk and definitely walks the walk. I highly recommend Gladiator Strong Fitness.
Gladiator Strong Fitness & LifestyleGladiator Strong Fitness & Lifestyle
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