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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.

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.

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 Ashburn personal trainers
Thumbtack Customer
1 0n 1 Personal Trainer, Dennis. Great environment and very friendly staff.
The Fitness GrindThe Fitness Grind
Thumbtack Customer
Having Kyie as my personal trainer is like having a personal coach, someone with the knowledge and experience. Who will push you to be better! Kyie was hard but I can honestly say I left the gym feel strong!
Thumbtack Customer
I have hired Kristin as a personal trainer. In meeting with her I found she took the time to listen, rather than assume she knows what you need. I found her personality flexible... meaning as a trainer she can be assertive or passive based on your needs. Her prices are comparable to others I have reviewed. Her credentials are very impressive. I recommend her to anyone wanting to be more fit. Kristin does not just focus on the body but the nutritional and emotional aspect of your fitness.
Performance & Body DesignPerformance & Body Design
Thumbtack Customer
I initially sought out personal training sessions in efforts to take care of myself after some extenuating, life circumstances. After interviewing several prospective trainers, it became so evident that Dennis and the Fitness Grind was the right place for me. In addition to being a very equipped gym, the environment is uplifting, encouraging and supportive. I can't even begin to explain how life changing it's been for me working with Coach Dennis Faulkner. He is extremely well versed in fitness, but possesses a genuine care and concern for the people he works with. I am so thankful that he essentially has helped me "find" myself again and I already have noticed tremendous differences in my overall strength, agility and endurance levels. I look forward to our training sessions every week and I know I'm definitely going to get a work out. Dennis has done a wonderful job of tailor making a routine that suits my personal fitness goals. I highly, highly recommend Dennis and the Fitness Grind. You won't regret it!
Coach DCoach D
Thumbtack Customer
I've been training with Deb for a little over a year now and couldn't be happier with the ongoing results. I'm a 25 year old guy and while fitness has always been important to me, before I started training with Deb I had very little strength or muscle mass. Deb has the technical knowledge, experience, and teaching skills to deliver results in an environment that always feels fun, comfortable, and positive. I feel stronger, look stronger, and am overall a healthier person. I look forward to reaching even more milestones and personal fitness goals with Deb's guidance in the future.
Personal Fitness Consulting GroupPersonal Fitness Consulting Group
Thumbtack Customer
I started working with Deb about a year and a half ago. It took me a year to actually make the initial appointment with her. I had never taken working out seriously in the past, but I saw what progress my friend had made with Deb so I wanted to try it out. I have experienced several stages of change while working out with Deb. At first I would think of every excuse I could to get out of working out because it was hard and I was being pushed harder than I had ever been before. Then I got used to it and just went because I paid her and I had to go. After that, I grew to enjoy working out and liked spending time with the people I trained with. I also got to know Deb on a more personal level and grew to respect her as a friend and a trainer. She puts in so much work and time to help us reach our goals. And now a year and a half later I am at the stage where I think of training as something I CAN'T live without, I don't like how I feel when I miss a day and I especially don't like to let my training partners down by missing a session. We have grown into a big supportive family for eachother. We have seen eachother at our most vulnerable and we have experienced incredible highs together as we surpass the goals we never thought we would reach. I am so lucky to have found Deb and I plan to keep training with her until I can't train anymore!
Personal Fitness Consulting GroupPersonal Fitness Consulting Group
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