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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 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 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 Madison Park personal trainers
Sharon c.
She is exactly what I want in a personal trainer. With her help, I am seeing results in a short period of time.
Core Elements by JLWCore Elements by JLW
Martin L.
Reig operates an excellent personal training practice. He is punctual and professional. He offers a fitness program tailored to your needs. I love his use of a training app. It makes scheduling, tracking progress, and payment easily accessible.
Reig McConnellReig McConnell
Erin G.
Kris is an AWESOME trainer. He is friendly and easy to get along with. He is also super flexible with scheduling and location. My husband and I have been training with Kris for about 2 months now and we really feel that it is worth the investment in your health. If you are on the fence about hiring a personal trainer, I encourage you to consider Kris as the person to guide you on your health journey.
Versed FitnessVersed Fitness
Nick B.
I have been working with Travis for about 3 months and I have seen outstanding results. He has not only been an excellent trainer, but he has provided recommendations on ways to improve my health. It has been a top notch experience and I highly recommend him as a personal trainer.
Travis HartTravis Hart
Thumbtack Customer
Russel is, hand down, the best! I started looking for a personal trainer after deciding to make some serious lifestyle changes and having very little experience with working out. Russel has provided me with sessions that are challenging, supportive, and perfectly matched to my abilities. As a professional he is punctual, focused for the entire hour, and quick to respond to any communication. As a person he is positive, encouraging, and kind. I would recommend him to anyone looking to hire a personal trainer who really is a partner in your fitness journey.
Fitness For Life - Certified Personal TrainerFitness For Life - Certified Personal Trainer
Isoke F.
There is so much to say about Let's Go Fitness gym. It's clean, professional, with experienced trainers. It really feels like a family. Omg, my personal trainer Stacy is the BEST!! She motivates, encourages and is my biggest fan. She is one tough cookie when it comes to whipping you into shape but is always pleasant.
Let's Go FitnessLet's Go Fitness
Maria I.
Travis is the BEST!! I hired him as a personal trainer as a birthday gift for myself because I wanted to change my routine and take care of myself! I couldn’t ask for a better personal trainer! Yes, he is aggressive, but he would make sure you are doing everything right! He keeps you motivated all the time. He tries to keep each session as a unique. So, you don’t get bored. After each session, he will text you asking about you and how you feel. He is THE BEST!
Travis HartTravis Hart
James W.
If your looking for a personal trainer that is dedicated and professional look no where else!! I immediately  saw changes in my body after my first week with Deep, if you want  to results book him!! You owe this to yourself.
DeepElevation ®DeepElevation ®
Antwan D.
I’ve been here training for the past month and a half and I have to say the results are coming and fast. It’s a fun environment with good music always playing while you work out and the staff there makes you feel comfortable while you’re either working out on your own or working with a personal trainer. This is a gym I would definitely recommend to friends and family
K FitnessK Fitness
Kenish M.
I haven't worked with them long enough to give real feedback but so far they are very accommodating to my schedule and I can see the prospect of results. Update: I was prompted to create a review after 2 weeks of working with this company. I am now updating to simply say, do not waste your time. They take your money, they don't care about clients or trainers, they don't adhere to their contract (that also doesn't protect clients). You're better off hiring a personal trainer or YouTubing for yourself. Less headache and money.
SVETNESS Personal TrainingSVETNESS Personal Training
Jeremy J.
LONG POST ALERT: Just finished the 2nd week of my new fitness plan at KU Fitness. I'm already down 10 pounds and 2% body fat! I HIGHLY recommend the training plan they offer but it isn't required in order to join the gym. This isn't like Planet Fitness. Kirby and his staff are certified in every area of fitness, health and safety. Everyone is easygoing and open to answering questions. If you decide to sign up for personal training, prepare to get your butt kicked. Workouts are intense but effective. They also offer MMA/Boxing classes in the evening. Price is affordable and you get more bang for your buck then you would at Golds Gym, etc. With Covid concerns, its cool to see they have a staff that constantly cleans the entire gym throughout the day. They also require cleaning of all equipment after use. Gym is spacious and has every machine you would need to get your workout in. More like a fitness club than just a basic gym. I'll continue to update this review with photos as my fitness journey continues!!
K FitnessK Fitness
Anthony J.
I've wanted to hire a personal trainer for some time now but was always apprehensive about it. I didn't want to hire a bulldog, barking orders all the time. I took a chance and decided to work with Javier. BEST DECISION I'VE MADE in a while. Javier has a way of challenging and bringing out the best in you without the barking and demeaning. He encourages and pushes you to things you didn't know you were capable of doing. Plus, HE KNOWS WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT. He's well versed in body mechanics and fitness/exercise. With him, I'm well on my way to a better body and health. I'm excited to see the end results of this journey. If you're looking to get in shape, get Javier!
Javier HernandezJavier Hernandez
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