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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 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 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 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 Charlotte personal trainers
Ezequiel a.
Cole is an excellent personal trainer. He is very complete when it comes to training/exercising, educating in nutrition and healthy eating, and helping his clients reach their goals. I highly recommend Revamp to anyone looking for a professional personal trainer.
My Health RevampMy Health Revamp
Thumbtack Customer
My consultation was informative and and professional. The trainer was considerate of my personal goals.
Brent KasmerBrent Kasmer
Nitish A.
I have hired Olando for personal trainer. He was a great trainer and was able to get the results. i would recommend him.
Quick Dynasty FitnessQuick Dynasty Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
Daniel provides a very informative and educational personal training experience. He is there to help you with every step of accomplishing your health and fitness goals. I am a continuing client and would highly recommend his personal training services.
New Era PerformanceNew Era Performance
Lisa N.
Excellent trainer. Extremely knowledgeable and patient while giving you that extra needed push. If you have a chance to get a personal trainer, Cole is you guy.
My Health RevampMy Health Revamp
Carlos U.
I highly recommend Cole as a personal trainer! He is very informative on the nutrition and workouts! I f
My Health RevampMy Health Revamp
Thumbtack Customer
I have been visiting Edge for personal training/ group classes for about the last 6 months. I highly recommend the gym for those looking to train with individualized support and attention. The gym has clients that have been training with the owner, Daniel, over the years, giving it a more personal feel. Conveniently located right outside of Uptown, Edge Fitness has an open floor plan (think former warehouse space), with all the equipment neatly laid out (weights, cardio, boxing etc). Classes and personal training sessions push you, regardless of your fitness level. Tip: Purchasing training classes also gives you access to gym facilities outside of your training sessions.
EDGE Performance TrainingEDGE Performance Training
Anna G.
Cole is an amazing personal trainer! Have been working with him for 5 months and have never felt better about my physical fitness. Definitely worth the investment to train with Cole.
My Health RevampMy Health Revamp
Ashley C.
Cole is an excellent personal trainer. He really focuses in on the areas that you want to improve on. I'd recommend him to anybody!
My Health RevampMy Health Revamp
Sofia M.
Great location and facility! Cole is a very knowledgeable and seasoned personal trainer. He is very dedicated to help people become a better version of themselves and he pushes us just the right amount to get there. My husband and I have quite an experience with personal training and highly appreciate working with Cole. He is the right choice for anyone goals driven and willing to have a healthier lifestyle.
My Health RevampMy Health Revamp
Tatyana S.
Zay, is an amazing trainer with great realistic prices! He is not not only a trainer but also a mentor who helps you achieve your goals inside and outside of the gym. I am proud to say that I have made the right decision choosing Zay as my personal trainer and eager to see results.
I Already Won Fitness LLCI Already Won Fitness LLC
Ann d.
As this is a personal trainer the visits are on going and will start the first week of Dec. Can't comment yet on quality of work, but initial contacts and impressions were very favorable.
Phenom Trainers LLCPhenom Trainers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Such an amazing place to go for personal training and small group training! They not only help you with your workout, they help you commit to making positive changes in your life. I can't believe how different I look and feel already.
Brent KasmerBrent Kasmer
Rose D.
Hired Terry as a personal trainer. He is knowledgeable and in only 2 sessions I can already see and feel the difference. Highly recommend and I'm def coming back!
Hard Body Fitness PTG, LLCHard Body Fitness PTG, LLC
Dana O.
The entire staff takes personal interest into your development and I'm talking nutrition and weight training. It's a family atmosphere from the staff and the clientele which makes it even easier to go to each and every session.
Brent KasmerBrent Kasmer
Cort H.
Working with Eric was great experience. We established goals early on for my weight loss, military army physical fitness test and managing what I eat. Eric introduced me to weight training. He also taught me various training machines and proper form while utilizing them. Eric was energetic and upbeat. I was challenged and pushed to the limit. To sum it all up Eric is an exceptional and knowledgeable personal trainer.
Inspirational Fitness, LLCInspirational Fitness, LLC
Shalita M.
Dragan is an awesome personal trainer he asked a lot of questions so he can get to know about me and what I wanted he was patient with me he encouraged me and he pushed me and most of all he is very knowledgeable about health & fitness if this is what your looking for in a trainer than he’s your guy
Dragan PesicDragan Pesic
Kelli U.
Phenom Trainers has beyond met my expectations. They are professional, responsive, and really care about their clients. The team is very knowledgeable about fitness and nutrition, so you get the total package with this company. I appreciate how they tailor work outs and nutrition to the client's needs and personal goals. I am impressed and extremely happy with Phenom Trainers!
Phenom Trainers LLCPhenom Trainers LLC
Darren J.
Awesome trainer. He educates you on nutrition and also has taught me how to better my workouts. I’ve been losing weight and feeling more confident ever since I hired Cole as my personal trainer. If you really want a change in your body’s physique and gain knowledge on proper diet for fitness Cole is the right person!
My Health RevampMy Health Revamp
Thumbtack Customer
Everyone at Everlasting Changes is so determined to help you meet any fitness goal that you have. I am very happy that I found Everlasting Changes and am totally hooked on having a personal trainer to help me reach my goals!
Brent KasmerBrent Kasmer
Joe F.
Dragan is a great communicator and extremely professional. Amazing follow up on his end. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to make it work as I have corporate gym memberships and they don’t allow personal trainers that aren’t employeed by them. Hopefully, we can work together down the road.
Dragan PesicDragan Pesic
Asanti M.
Cole has been a really excellent trainer for me! He does a really great job to push me to my potential and makes even tough days of training not so bad. I like how he implements workouts gear towards attaining my goals. He’s very personal, flexible to work with and is easy to be accountable with him. I also like that he mixes up the workouts to keep pushing me while still adding great value!
My Health RevampMy Health Revamp
Lasheeba B.
Kathleen is very knowledgeable, kind, and professional. From the first session she has taught me how to work out with proper form. My back feels so much better!!! I was so nervous about using a personal Trainer being the first time and Kathleen made me feel so comfortable! She is awesome!
Kathleen DennisKathleen Dennis
Adam A.
My husband went to Edge Performance and had 3 personal training sessions (for his birthday) with Daniel. He could not have been more pleased! Daniel taught him so many new and improved work outs and really helped him fine tune his work out strategy. He will be going back!!!
EDGE Performance TrainingEDGE Performance Training
Jackie U.
I love my sessions with Cole! I was very hesitant at first to start with a personal trainer but Cole made it worth it! He’s very professional and gave me that push I needed to start my journey to a better me.I’m seeing results I never thought possible. I would 100% recommend Cole to anyone looking to start their fitness journey!
My Health RevampMy Health Revamp
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