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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. 

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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.

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 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.

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 Chicago personal trainers
Ganna S.
I would recommend Salvador for personal training. He is accommodating and experienced trainer. Thanks!
House Call - Personal Trainer Sal CastanedaHouse Call - Personal Trainer Sal Castaneda
Molly S.
Fantastic service and amazing trainer. Makes you feel comfortable and definitely makes it worth the $$$. Best personal trainer by far.
M14 FITNESSM14 FITNESS
Sarah S.
Most amazing personal training experience! Angela really cares and works to make sure YOU are happy with your training program!
ABF AthleticsABF Athletics
Burbuqe b.
One of the best personal trainers i jave ever worked with. Thank you Jeff for everything you do.
Jeff Zollicoffer FitnessJeff Zollicoffer Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
Heather is a great personal trainer. She is on time and has a positive attitude. She kicks my butt on every work out.
CUT-Rate FitnessCUT-Rate Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
Alex is an excellent personal trainer! He will create a custom workout tailored toward your fitness goals. A very positive and encouraging instructor!
Alex ManovAlex Manov
Dan K.
Nick is the best. His workouts are creative, challenging, and effective. I would HIGHLY recommend hiring Nick for all of your personal training needs.
Clear Mountain FitnessClear Mountain Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
Shawn is a great trainer. He takes out the time to know his clients, their limitations, and creates a fitness plan to help you reach your goal. I am seeing results and am happy in my decision of choosing him as my personal trainer.
(Evanston, IL) Omni-Fit Personal Training Studio(Evanston, IL) Omni-Fit Personal Training Studio
Tamar M.
I enjoy working with Cindy as my personal trainer. She is laidback, friendly, and always has a great plan for the session. I like how she incorporates circuit training and multiple uses for one machine to target multiple muscle groups. I would highly recommend her.
CindyCindy
Demi M.
Martize is exactly what you want in a personal trainer. Hit him up! You won't regret it! He's a stand up dude with a lot of knowledge about how to get you in shape!
M14 FITNESSM14 FITNESS
Thumbtack Customer
Angela is really good at personal training. She's created a special program exactly for my needs, showed every move and exercise and was very encouraging. Even I just started I feel it will give results.
ABF AthleticsABF Athletics
Ella N.
Coach Martize has a great personality! I'm not completely new to working out, but so far I've worked out some muscles I didn't even know existed lol. This is my first experience with a personal trainer and so far so good.
M14 FITNESSM14 FITNESS
Jigi P.
I cannot say enough good things about MOR Athletic. I have been training with John for about 5 months and defiantly be continuing my training. One of my main goals getting into personal training was to get stronger. Not only I gain more strength, but I got into a habit of working out and more importantly now I ENJOY going to the gym. Overall, John is a trainer who motivates you even when you don’t want to be working out! He is always on time & flexible to work with you on your time. Overall, I highly recommend!!
MOR ATHLETICMOR ATHLETIC
Madeline D.
Lisa Spring is an excellent personal trainer! She has incredible workouts and I have seen results in just a month! She helps me with not only fitness but diet too which is super helpful! Highly recommend if your trying to lose weight and tone up!
Lisa Spring FitnessLisa Spring Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
My mother and I took personal training w Coach. We absolutely enjoy our workout! He's a great human being and a type of coach that will encourage you, so you can reach your true potential and see the results you want to see!
Qwik Pump:  Kickboxing and Fitness!Qwik Pump: Kickboxing and Fitness!
Rang P.
John is an excellent trainer. He is knowledgeable, patient, and a great communicator. It is evident that John understands the science behind physical health and makes sure that the personalized workouts he develops are safe and effective. He teaches you what each movement is doing and why it is important. A trainer isn't just a person who tells you what to do a few time a week. A trainer enables you to take control of your health by teaching you the 'hows' and 'whys'. I've been working with John for just under a month and I feel stronger and healthier. I will continue working with him and I highly recommend him if you are looking for a personal trainer.
MOR ATHLETICMOR ATHLETIC
Thumbtack Customer
AWESOMENESS. If I could give 10 stars I would. I've been trying to lose weight for more then a year, but I was not having any success. So I decided to get a personal trainer, and I'm so glad I did. Shawn Smith is an awesome trainer and after each session I feel like I've accomplished something. He's great at motivating and keeping me accountable outside of our training sessions. Shawn is not just a trainer. Along with teaching how to safely and effectively workout, he is extremely knowledgeable about nutrition and the human body. The Job: I wanted help losing weight and developing better eating habits.
(Evanston, IL) Omni-Fit Personal Training Studio(Evanston, IL) Omni-Fit Personal Training Studio
Thumbtack Customer
Hello, I'm Fred Mack.. I have to take time out and say thanks to my personal trainer Parrish Pittman EL of Anomaly Health. He cares about your overall fitness goals, and he will guide you all the way and will create a workout plan for you and what's comfortable for you, and will give you that extra push to keep going.... Also, he is professional, and knowledgeable with workout routines, that covers your entire body, He works with you one on one...He's always available to answer fitness questions, and always on time, for the training sessions.. He cares about your overall fitness goals. ..He goes the extra mile and will sit with you and help develop a eating plan, and inform you what's healthy for you. I recommend my Personal Trainer Parrish. Thanks, Parrish. ...
Potennium of Integrative MedicinePotennium of Integrative Medicine
Thumbtack Customer
Nick has gone above and beyond what I could of ever expected when I started looking for a personal trainer. He takes the time to listen to your goals and prepares a detailed plan on how to achieve them. Nick wants you to reach your goals just as bad as you do if not more! He is very positive, motivating, and fun to train with. I highly recommend hiring Nick you won't be disappointed!
Clear Mountain FitnessClear Mountain Fitness
Maggie E.
Ibrawod is the perfect person to help you achieve your fitness goals during this pandemic. After receiving many inquiries from other personal traIners, I just felt he was the right fit. Great listener and coach and a really fun workout. Can’t wait for the next one ! He’s great.
Ibrawod by I. CarreroIbrawod by I. Carrero
Thumbtack Customer
My husband and I have been working with 2 of Ken's personal trainers and so far we have been extremely happy with both of them. They always arrive on time and tailor the workouts to our needs and fitness levels. Each week the workout is a bit different and we are always learning new ways to optimize our routine when we exercise alone. Each of the trainers has their own style, and the styles complement each other. For this reason, we like to alternate between the trainers. It is a pleasure to work with both of them as they are both very knowledgeable and cognizant of how to avoid strain or injury. I would highly recommend Ken and his team.
We Fit UWe Fit U
Ryan M.
Working out with Martize has been a pleasure and I look forward to it every week. He took the time up front to understand my goals, is very positive and encouraging. He is flexible and works around my crazy work schedule. This has been my first experience with a personal trainer and I would recommend Martize to anyone looking for a positive, knowledgeable fitness coach.
M14 FITNESSM14 FITNESS
Thumbtack Customer
I have already been training with Nick for a little over a month and he has been outstanding. He really knows his stuff, and he really takes the time to carefully plan your workout so that it is tailored to you and your personal goals. Aside from that he is very personable and always brings a positive attitude. I look forward to continue working with him on this fitness journey.
Clear Mountain FitnessClear Mountain Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
My experience with my Chitown Trainer Zach has been excellent! I asked for someone who would help me with a combination of physical therapy and personal training. During the last two years, I gained a lot of weight, received a hip replacement and generally allowed myself to fall into disrepair. I also asked for someone who could holistically address my needs and do so in an emotionally supportive way. I got all of that and more with Zach. I feel stronger, physically and emotionally after just a few weeks. I will continue to work with Zack and Chitown for the foreseeable future.
Chitown TrainerChitown Trainer
Arham N.
I never had a personal trainer before, but knew I needed help and motivation to get healthier. Through Thumbtack, I received a quote from John at MOR Athletic. The very next day, over the consultation, we went over the scheduling details, payment and my goals. John was very nice as he answered all of my questions and told me what he could bring to the table as my trainer. We decided on a 3 month trial period since it was a good amount of time to see if this was a good fit for me. Aside from the reasonable pricing, the best part of MOR Athletic is that John comes to me for my sessions. After a long day at work, it's extremely convenient to be trained at home! I would recommend MOR Athletic to those who would like to be healthier at their own pace and for a good cost!
MOR ATHLETICMOR ATHLETIC
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