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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. 

Also read, "How much does a personal trainer cost?"

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Cary personal trainers
Courtney B.
Best personal training experience I’ve ever had.
Jacqueline M.
Lee at Apex Personal Training Studio is a fantastic personal trainer. He is professional and knowledgeable. What I appreciate most is his flexibility to fit my busy schedule. Highly recommended.
Lee Brewer Personal TrainingLee Brewer Personal Training
Amy K.
So far so good. Very convenient location and Bryant seems to know my goals and is working me hard to achieve them:) I would highly recommend him as a personal trainer.
Thumbtack Customer
Lee is a terrific personal trainer. He tailors your workout program to your abilities and builds on it. He will contact you a day or 2 after a workout session too see how you are doing. Wonderful facilities!
Lee Brewer Personal TrainingLee Brewer Personal Training
Thumbtack Customer
Thank you Thumbtack for helping me find a great personal trainer! Eric is very professional, knowledgeable, and a great motivator. He tuned in to my needs in a very positive way and I can already see... and feel progress!
Eric Greenley certified personal trainerEric Greenley certified personal trainer
Thumbtack Customer
Lee Brewer is an amazing Personal Trainer!! I'm a 62 year old woman who walks & eats well but felt like I needed more to look & feel better.....I haven't done any strength training in a long time and I've been seeing amazing results working out with Lee twice a week for 2 months now. I'm losing weight, inches in my hips and my waist metabolism has speeded up. Lee said this would happen if I start strengthening my muscles my core. I highly recommend Lee if you are seeking out a personal trainer....if your goals or to become more fit & healthy you definitely will see results I promise.
Lee Brewer Personal TrainingLee Brewer Personal Training
Tushar K.
Bryant is a great trainer - really cares about you, your goals, and your progression. I hired him because of his consultation where we went over his approach / philosophy and how I felt his attitude would really help me achieve my goals. A vast contrast to my other experience with personal training, which was still positive, albeit not as high-quality as TND.
Ram R.
I’ve had a wonderful experience with APTS and continue to with the trainers in this studio. My personal trainer is Lee who is great to work with. Lee is very personable and professional. He is a very practical coach who will readily adjust the sets to ensure form takes precedence over reps which helps decrease injury rate and increase results, and knows how to tailor specific needs to routines to maximize results. From a facility perspective, they are top notch. They have everything one needs for starting, continuing or resuming personal fitness goals and take extreme care to sanitize equipment for repeated and safe use by its members. It’s a pleasure to review and recommend Lee and APTS overall !
Lee Brewer Personal TrainingLee Brewer Personal Training
Thumbtack Customer
I selected Eric as my personal trainer based upon his 5-star reviews on Thumbtack. After my initial session with Eric, I was confident he could help me reach my personal goals- becoming stronger and improving my overall health & diet. Picking a trainer can be scary because you are relying on them in more ways than one. Eric is very responsive to all of my questions, he is always punctual/prepared, and patient while I learn different forms and techniques. The sessions are always different (which I love) and a great mix of movements for a full body workout. I know I am getting stronger and I know I will be a long-term client!
Eric Greenley certified personal trainerEric Greenley certified personal trainer
Thumbtack Customer
Hiring Lee as my Personal trainer was one of the best decisions I made so far. I have been working with him for about two months now and I must say that these sessions are awesome and fun. It is too early to notice signification weight changes yet but, i definitely lost inches, feel more toned and above everything feel healthier and stronger. Lee is well informed, friendly, professional, encourages you to do better and makes sure you are motivated enough. The workout routine keeps changing every session which is good. I recommended him to my family and now we all do a group session which is fun as well. I would definitely recommend him to anybody looking for a personal trainer in the triangle area.
Lee Brewer Personal TrainingLee Brewer Personal Training
Caroline C.
Kate has made my first experience with a personal trainer wonderful. I was a little intimidated going into it but she is so nice and engaged, I look forward to every session! She has never canceled on me and is there on time every morning. She’s really whipped me into shape in a short amount of time and worked with my specific starting point and goals. I would recommend her to anyone!
Well By Kel - CPT & Life CoachWell By Kel - CPT & Life Coach
Thumbtack Customer
I've been working with Lee for over a month and find him to be knowledgeable, professional and a great motivator. Lee did an accurate assessment of my fitness level and tailored a workout program just for me. I'm seeing good results and feeling strong & confident. Lee takes time to check in with me between sessions and checks my food log to assist with the nutritional aspect of my wellness program. It was a great decision to hire Lee B Fitness as my personal trainer!
Lee Brewer Personal TrainingLee Brewer Personal Training
Joyce G.
Bryant with TND Fitness has been my personal trainer for over a month. During this time, I have lost weight and gained lean muscle. What I like about Bryant is that he is easy going, his friendly personality creates a relaxing, comfortable atmosphere. He makes each workout challenging but rewarding. I see Bryant two days a week, but on the days that I do not see him he provides workouts that I can go on my own to keep me on track. If you want to achieve your fitness goals, I highly recommend TND Fitness (Bryant).
Maria O.
I am so happy I chose Ferris Fitness for virtual personal training! Cory was the best to work with- he took everything I said for my goals and made a super personalized plan. He is quick to respond for any questions you may have and offers great advice fitness or nutritionally related. He goes above and beyond for his check-ins, and he and his app community are great accountability partners. He is constantly doing anything he can to help you succeed, and will be your best cheerleader. I reached my weight loss goal and had fun with my workouts. Highly highly recommend! Thanks Cory!
Ferris Fitness, CPT, CESFerris Fitness, CPT, CES
Helen M.
My experience with Kate has been nothing but amazing. I had well over 50 lbs to lose and lots of medical issues due to having my children, before we met. She helped catered to my every medical concern and has helped me exceed over my goal of losing 50 pounds in a reasonable amount of time. She has an amazing skill. She knows so much about muscle imbalances, different phases and stages your body goes through, that it helped me learn so much as well! I used to have two other personal trainers around Raleigh area and they did NOT compare to her one bit. It actually made me very skeptical about others after training with her since I see results now, that I never saw before! We had my goal to complete in about 10 months since I had medical issues, and I achieved my goal in 6 months with my medical issues GONE. Due to her guidance of nutrition, water intake, one on one training, and also her fitness app has all really helped me change my life and got me into the best shape since before I had my three kids!! I seriously love Kate, we have been training together for about 10 months now and I continue to see her because she is the most motivating person and I am seeing the best results. Pictures included below
Well By Kel - CPT & Life CoachWell By Kel - CPT & Life Coach
Sonya R.
My experience with Kate has exceeded my expectations of a personal Trainer. She is not only that, but she goes above and beyond in many ways to cater to my needs. I had many years off from the gym so I had a lot to lose around my belly area from my kids and she helped me achieve my goal in less than 3 months!! I am continuing to stay with her even though I got to my goal, because she has seriously got me into the best shape of my life and I can’t thank her enough. I learn so much from her that I couldn’t imagine where I would be without her. I mean, hello I have abs now!!! Highly recommend her!!
Well By Kel - CPT & Life CoachWell By Kel - CPT & Life Coach
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