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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 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 Ashburn personal trainers
Dana S.
Amazing personal trainer! People should use him.
Socal FitSocal Fit
Karina P.
SelfMade Gonzo is really professional and punctual. He is able to work with your schedule. Gonzo really cares about your fitness goals and holds you accountable to make progress towards a better version of you. I really recommend him as a personal trainer to help you reach your ultimate you!!
Self Made GonzSelf Made Gonz
Alicia M.
It has been so nice working together, after going thru a parade of personal trainers after the last month, I can say I found a good fit. Brian pays attention to my goals and my life and does an amazing job if helping me change and modify my life to reach my goals with out taking over my life. This is only the begining, but it's a great start!
Fitness SolutionsFitness Solutions
Lena S.
This is an honest review, which is why I will include photos so you can see for yourself proof of our conversations. I will be detailed and objective. Telling it like it is, I am not the type to sugar coat anything. (This will be a longer review.) When I first met Danielle I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt despite her appearance. I had recently moved to HB and was looking for a personal trainer. She reached out to me on Thumbtack and based off her reviews and price ($30 a session) I thought I'd giver her a shot. Upon meeting Danielle, I was taken aback as her photos on Thumbtack are a misrepresentation of what she really looks like (she is overweight). This made me uncomfortable as I think most people would like a trainer who is relatively fit. I still stayed for the consultation. She is certified and seems knowledgeable. So I decided for her price point it wouldn't hurt to try it out for a month. We trained once, and then my next two sessions I cancelled . Once because I got out the hair salon too late and the other time because my boyfriend was visiting from out of town. (I did lose money for these sessions) yet I didn't mind because I knew that's how it works. When we were scheduled to meet next she had to cancel due to a fever. That's fine but what BOTHERS me is her ATTITUDE. She didn't even apologize for cancelling our session an hour before. When rescheduling she offered me to train on Saturday I told her I could make 6 a.m. but she said the gym doesn't open until 7 a.m. I told her I couldn't make it because I had to start work at the chiropractic office at 8:30 a.m. Then when we were trying to schedule for the following week she was being difficult and doing very little to be accommodating. I understand we all have busy schedules but her communication through text is apathetic. When I told her we are not a good match and I'd like a refund for the remainder of our session she became indignant. Instead of apologizing and trying to negotiate she became defensive and told me she would not give me a refund, bu that I could complete my sessions with her. I told her I would just take the loss and explained to her why I thought she was apathetic and unresponsive. She could have had loyal client that trained with her monthly but unfortunately she ruined that opportunity with her behavior. Listen, I am a skeptical person and usually trust my gut. I should've known $30 a session was a red flag. Really think if saving $10-$20 a session is worth having a trainer who is difficult to work with and is inconsiderate to her clients. I expected more, but maybe that was my mistake for her price point. It's no surprise why she charges much less than other trainers in the area. Words of advice; You can expect clients to be emotional but if you're in the service industry it's highly important to not get emotional and stay professional at all times. Word of mouth, referrals, and reviews are everything. It takes years to build a reputation and only seconds to destroy it. So important to always leave on a good note even if things didn't work out.
Danielle Drew StrengthDanielle Drew Strength
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