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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 Sarasota personal trainers
Thumbtack Customer
David is a great lIstener and watcher ; so each training session is personal and goal oriented
SolFit Health and FitnessSolFit Health and Fitness
Neil S.
Nahum is excellent! He is very motivating and clearly has lots of personal and professional experience in the field of personal training. He was a former athlete and understands how to scale and tailor programs for any type of client. I am VERY picky about my workouts and personal training and I can confirm he is the real deal. Very highly recommendation no more what your goals!
Boost My Life (Online Coach and Trainer)Boost My Life (Online Coach and Trainer)
Nicholle W.
Hired Marcus for personal training and he’s amazing! He’s always on time, flexible, keeps it professional, and most importantly he knows what he’s doing! Highly recommend Marcus if you’re looking for training!
Absolute Athletics LLCAbsolute Athletics LLC
Max v.
In my on again off again experience over the past 20 years with personal trainers, I find Ambrie to be one of the best. Her professionalism and positive attitude are fantastic. She not only inspires and motivates but ensures that exercises are performed correctly and, therefore, in a safe manner. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a personal/motivational coach and trainer. Max V
AE FitnessAE Fitness
Scott S.
Fernanda is excellent and very knowledgeable. She push but not too hard for a personal trainer. My wife is going to see her too. Definitely recommend her
Fernanda SalvadorFernanda Salvador
Amber B.
Ambrie is an amazing personal trainer! I have been training with her for a month and she has supported, motivated and encouraged me to work my hardest. I have seen amazing results in my overall form, and body. She is such a kind spirit and a wonderful trainer for any fitness level. We have so much fun and I look forward to every workout with her.
AE FitnessAE Fitness
Daniel L.
Luke has done a great job working with us to achieve our goals with personal training at our home. He is very organized and professional and his workout programs are gradually building our strength and stamina. I would highly recommend.
Personal Training With LukePersonal Training With Luke
Julie S.
John Bruno is very knowledgeable and has a lot of varied education and experience to be qualified for his job. He is dedicated and able to adjust workouts to deal with my arthritis. He pushes me with my strength training, but does not overdo. John Bruno has also been very flexible with scheduling. I would not hesitate to recommend him as a personal trainer, and I have been working out with him for three months now, and plan to continue for the long term.
John Bruno Strength and Conditioning / NutritionJohn Bruno Strength and Conditioning / Nutrition
Thumbtack Customer
If you are looking to strengthen your core, Jeff is the personal trainer you need! I have kept active but without challenging myself for the past couple of years. Not only does Jeff challenge me, he makes it fun and interesting. I have attained the weight I wanted to be in only a couple of months. We are continuing to work on tone and core strengthening. Jeff has made a difference in my life that everyone has noticed!
All About You Personal Trainers LLCAll About You Personal Trainers LLC
I like everything about SRQ Fitness and my Personal Trainer, Grant. We clicked the first time we met and he has kept me on my toes ever since. Grant knows my limitations due to a bad knee and works with me on strengthening my knee so I do not cause any further injury to it. He knows exactly what my goals are and is doing a great job helping to achieve them. I would highly recommend SRQ Fitness and Grant.
SRQ FitnessSRQ Fitness
Barbara G.
I am a snowbird from Chicago. I've always had a personal trainer but never one who really wanted to make a difference in my life. I contacted John Bruno thru the internet because his credentials were so outstanding and i needed to satisfy my guilt from over eating and sitting around. However I never bargained for a trainer who was not willing to do my bidding and treat me like the sophisticated lady which i thought i was. oh la land is over. John immediately assessed my condition (chronic back pain and a bone on bone knee problem) and the work began. After 2/1/2 months of training (3 times a week) John taught me exercises to strengthen my back, reduce the stress on my knee, improve my posture and made me realize the importance of continued exercise to maintain a healthy life style. Going back to Chicago in a few days but taking with me a wealth of knowledge and information to carry me thru the summer until I meet up with John again in November. Barbara G
John Bruno Strength and Conditioning / NutritionJohn Bruno Strength and Conditioning / Nutrition
Austin W.
I was searching for a personal trainer to help me get in shape for the military and John was the first to contact me. I was impressed with his qualifications and professionalism. We scheduled a meeting and discussed goals and plans which led me to be more impressed with his knowledge on how to properly gain strength. I've been working with John for 4 months and it has been productive, gaining the results that I was wanting in preparation for military service. During the time we've been working, I've been having trouble with pain in my back and John has been patient and helpful in figuring a solution to the problem. He's passionate about his job and will go above and beyond to help you with what you need.
John Bruno Strength and Conditioning / NutritionJohn Bruno Strength and Conditioning / Nutrition
Beth C.
I’ve gone to personal trainers throughout the Northeast United States before moving to Sarasota and John is the best that I have ever been to. I reached out to him two months into the pandemic while working from home. I found my muscles in a state of atrophy and I was slowly putting on weight. I’m over 50 now and knew it would only get more difficult to reverse if I waited too much longer. I searched for someone online and was instantly impressed by his resume - which is understated. He is so intelligent and the workouts are never boring. At this point, I am five months in at 3 times per week and I have never felt this strong. The best part - I have not suffered a single injury while training with John. I have always suffered injuries when moving through my own workout plans and the setbacks have lasted months. When I injure myself outside of our training (tennis most recently), he is quick to tweak our plan not only for healing, but to strengthen to prevent injury in the future. Sometimes it is hard to measure strength when you do not use your muscles outside of working out. I remember getting on a flight about 3 months into my training and being able to place my heavy suitcase into the overhead bin with complete ease. That made me feel about 15 years younger and stronger. BTW, I had to choose three out of five reasons that I like to work with John - would have selected all five attributes - he is also a value to me and he is always punctual (and understanding when I am not). John is the real deal.
John Bruno Strength and Conditioning / NutritionJohn Bruno Strength and Conditioning / Nutrition
Taylor K.
Bruno was a joy to work with! He really knows how the body works and makes sure to educate you about why you're doing the exercises he is showing you as well as taking the time to make sure all your nutritional questions are answered. I especially liked that he made sure to switch up my workouts so it felt different every day/week. Bruno always made the time to fit me in with my ever-changing work schedule, even if it meant he had to get up at 5am! Bruno helped me achieve quite a few goals: getting my weight down, getting my body fat percentage down and my muscle mass up. I would recommend Bruno to anybody looking for a personal trainer and if I hadn't moved out of state I would STILL be working out with him weekly.
John Bruno Strength and Conditioning / NutritionJohn Bruno Strength and Conditioning / Nutrition
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