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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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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 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.

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 Ashburn personal trainers
Natalie L.
best personal trainer ever!
Olivia C.
The personal trainer they paired me with was great. He was patient, warm and thorough.
Chelsea E.
Jason is a great trainer! He responds quickly, is professional, and helps not only set goals, but achieve them. He shows up on time, has a positive attitude, and is prepared with a personal workout plan for me. Looking forward to continuing the training with him!! I highly recommend Jason if you're looking for a trainer.
Fat Loss Specialist (Online Coaching Only)Fat Loss Specialist (Online Coaching Only)
Habib B.
I have been training with Charles for around 4 months now and wish I had started sooner. Our training sessions always feel fresh and are both challenging and enjoyable. Communication is great and he is accommodating (where possible) when my schedule changes. His prices are very reasonable and I would recommend him to anyone looking for a personal trainer.
Thumbtack Customer
Ed,really good personal trainer. I have taken few classes due to work load and other circumstances.he knows lot of stuff about nutrition and workouts for each individual.I would definitely recommend him.I would like to continue sessions with him in future.
Fitness ,Swimming and  Nutritionist one 2 oneFitness ,Swimming and Nutritionist one 2 one
Thumbtack Customer
I met Judy for our first one hour personal training session this week. Having a neck surgery in my history, and just being generally out of shape for many years, I couldn't be happier with her approach to the workout. She asked a lot of questions and is tailoring a program to my needs that I feel will not only be safe but effective. I've worked out every day since meeting with her and am totally inspired to get back into shape. She's even giving me advice on my diet. Judy has a great energy that is truly motivating and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a personal trainer.
Fitphile Personal Training, Yoga & PilatesFitphile Personal Training, Yoga & Pilates
Thumbtack Customer
I wish I had more stars to give to this great guy! I have been working with Hebert for a few weeks now. He is not just a great trainer but a great personal overall. He is 100% committed to his client's progress and he checked on me often following my visit to the doctor's office to nurse an injury. He came all the way from Brooklyn to give me 2 free personal training sessions. I wish I was closer to Hebert (proximity wise) so I could have worked with him continuously. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Hebert to achieve your fitness goals.
ELITE Designed FitnessELITE Designed Fitness
Wayne C.
Marvin has been working with my partner and I for the past couple months. Marvin is very personable, punctual, and professional. The routines change up every few sessions and he is good with figuring out your limitations. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to for a personal trainer.
Transform My BodyTransform My Body
Thumbtack Customer
Corum is very easy-going, professional and patient. I had no idea where to start when I made up my mind to start working out. He developed a good training plan for me and has motivated me to push my limits. He also has good knowledge of diet and will give you a lot of useful tips. I strongly recommend him if you are looking for a personal trainer. I feel quite lucky finding him on Thumbtack.
Corum Gold FitnessCorum Gold Fitness
Ninad D.
John is extremely focused on his clients. He understands each one is different and adapts his style to suit other’s capabilities. He’s patient and waits for clients to respond to his movements. Must have personal trainer. I signed up for 3 months training just meeting him once. Very much recommended. If you are in Hoboken or closer to Hoboken like Downtown Jersey city, he’s your best bet. A full value for your money, time and ofcourse body.
Hoboken Fitness Personal TrainingHoboken Fitness Personal Training
Thumbtack Customer
Ed is the man! What else can I say? My wife and I were looking for a trainer who could address our personal fitness goals leading up to our wedding. With a 3-month window, Ed was able to evaluate each of our individual needs effectively and construct workout programs that he trained us on, simultaneously. We are extremely pleased with our results. Ed's program not only helped us reach our goal, but has really set us up for long term success with our physical fitness. We'll be continuing our training with him for a while I think.
Fitness ,Swimming and  Nutritionist one 2 oneFitness ,Swimming and Nutritionist one 2 one
Allison W.
Charles is my first ever personal trainer and has made the experience great so far. The workouts have all been tailored to my goals, fitness level, and past injuries, and he goes above and beyond that by sending me workouts to do when I am away, or over the weekend. Charles has such an uplifting personality and is always encouraging. Highly recommend!!
Eyal M.
Marvin is a great trainer! My wife and I have been working out with Marvin for 9 months now and are very happy with the results. We both feel stronger and more fit. Marvin is a professional, always comes on time and is very attentive to our needs. He creates custom workout plans that fit our level of fitness and abilities, and accommodate our limitations. He is always giving great guidance on form and encouraged us to bring out the best of our abilities each workout. I would recommend that you pick Marvin as your personal trainer.
Transform My BodyTransform My Body
Thumbtack Customer
I've been working out with Daryl for almost two months now. The experience has been excellent. Daryl is knowledgeable, experienced, dedicated and thorough. He takes pride in his work and is a pleasure to work with on a personal level. His staff is responsive, polite and helpful. I see a couple of anomalous negative reviews here but frankly they do not reflect my experience. With personal training at your home, one has to be a little flexible with things like weather disruptions etc. The staff have always been very responsive in adjusting fees and credits to account for it. So I would have no hesitation recommending Daryl and DMG based on my experience to date.
The Workout GymThe Workout Gym
Charlie S.
Kevin is a great coach. Easy to reach and very accommodating with scheduling. My sessions with him focused on improving my posture and mobility, with a mix of weight and cardio exercises. He constantly assesses my movements and forms and arranges workouts to work on my weak points. I felt much more mobile after two months of training, and being more aware of my postures along with the streches Kevin taught me, my shoulder/neck and lower back pains are mostly gone these days. My physical exam results also improved a ton during this time (blood pressure back down to normal range from borderline hypertension, and cholesterol numbers have also improved). It's a great personal training experience at a very reasonable price. I would absolutely continue training with him if I weren't moving away.
Health Fitness PerformanceHealth Fitness Performance
Olive Z.
Coach Marvin is my first hire of personal trainer. He’s been coaching me for four months now. I’m impressed by the program he customized for me. The best part of the tailored program is that it keeps challenging my body and mind in the most fun way possible. Coaching by him has been changing my attitude of working out. When I lost motivation for my goal, he was there for me to cheer me up and to demonstrate athlete spirit. He is certainly passionate about what he’s doing and he truly wants the best for his client. All in all, I am surprised by how much progress my body has made after four months’ of training. I’m looking forward to working with Marvin in long term.
Transform My BodyTransform My Body
Lucas P.
Thanks John. I'm working with Eze at Hoboken Fitness for about three weeks now and I'm glad with my selection. I've never worked with a personal trainer before so I can't compare. I can tell that they are very professional and understanding. They will encourage you to improve but in a respectful way (not being "pushy"). The nutrition advise is highly appreciated, I feel better about my gym routines now knowing that I'm doing the right things and look forward to keep working with them.
Hoboken Fitness Personal TrainingHoboken Fitness Personal Training
Caitlin V.
I’ve been struggling to stick to a workout plan for years, I could never find anything I liked, and I finally decided to invest some money in a personal trainer and finding Joan was the best thing that’s happened to me in a long time! I look forward to the workouts, they reduce my stress and I’ve only been working with her for a few weeks and already see improvement. I would HIGHLY recommend her - this experience is like therapy for me! I literally have become a happier human :) Thank you so much Joan!!!
Mindful Strength - M.S. - NJ ONLYMindful Strength - M.S. - NJ ONLY
Julie C.
I hesitated when looking for a personal trainer however, I quickly learned I found one of the best ones out there. Kevin is not only an excellent instructor, he is a diligent student - constantly educating himself on the human body so he can bring his knowledge and expertise to each session. He remains focused and works with you to achieve your ultimate goal. In the past two years, I have not had a single session that is the same as the one before and he always brings something new to the table which not only pushes you, but also makes the workouts more interesting. Outside the gym, I have contacted him with questions and he is quick to respond (with references!) on what needs to be done. He is the ultimate professional and I feel lucky to have worked with someone as smart and dedicated as him!
Health Fitness PerformanceHealth Fitness Performance
Nish S.
He is the best trainer I ever had. I do lot screening and make sure I am investing right. And Malick turned out to be worth every penny. Starting from our initial introduction connect and being patient to answer my questions and patient enough until I signed up in few days. He didn't loose his professionalism. Looking into his technique, personal attention and availability beyond session hrs, I signed him for 4 days a week i.e. 16 sessions a month. Also he gave a wonderful package which makes this more worth. Since I don't drive, he also agreed to pick and drop to the gym which makes us more committed to each other. Highly recommend and I look forward for a long term goal with him.
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