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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 Durham personal trainers
Lauren M.
His thumbtack rate for at-home personal training
Eric Greenley certified personal trainerEric Greenley certified personal trainer
Thumbtack Customer
I have always wanted to work with a personal trainer, when I found Kiondra it was exactly what I thought working with a personal trainer should be like ! Anyone who works with her is ganraunteed to see results !
Fitness KeysFitness Keys
Thumbtack Customer
I've had many trainers over the years and Elton is as good or better than any! He is extremely caring, calm, helpful and knowledgeable. His attention to your personal needs and goals is informative and productive. Very few trainers will go out of the way for their clients like Elton does and he is very affordable compared to other personal trainers.
Elton E. FaulkElton E. Faulk
Thumbtack Customer
Elton tailors his training sessions to your personal needs and is concerned with safety as much as your overall fitness goals. Great trainer, motivating but never intimidating :-)
Elton E. FaulkElton E. Faulk
Thumbtack Customer
Elton is a very safety-conscious and professional personal trainer. His directions and corrections are easily understood and correct. Working with him is a pleasure.
Elton E. FaulkElton E. Faulk
Thumbtack Customer
Larry is very professional and reliable. He is better than my last personal trainer. I personally train with Larry 3 times a week. My girlfriend will join us every Friday and she loves the training as well. Highly recommended! My gilfriend and I
Hegemony Training CorpHegemony Training Corp
Justin H.
Larry is the first personal trainer I have ever worked with. I am so grateful for his professionalism and encouraging style of training. I look forward to our future sessions together and feel confident that, with his help, I’ll become leaner and stronger.
Hegemony Training CorpHegemony Training Corp
Thumbtack Customer
Kiondra is the best. I have been working out with her for months now, and am so happy with my decision. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a personal trainer.
Fitness KeysFitness Keys
Sheldon M.
Elton was an amazing personal trainer. It’s one thing to come in and just tell someone what to do to be fit. It’s another thing to fully explain it and deal with the mental barriers we have. Plus it was a bonus to give a veteran business. His personal story is moving and motivating. He pushes you to your limits but not pass them. A great pleasure to work with.
Elton E. FaulkElton E. Faulk
Thumbtack Customer
I've been training with Elton for about 6 weeks now. During this time I've seen a huge improvement in my strength, cardio and flexibility, and I'm on track for achieving my goals within the timeframe we set at the beginning. Each training session is hard work but so much fun and Elton always checks in on my diet and adjusts the exercises to best suit me. Since starting training with Elton I'm also sleeping better, eating better and feeling healthy and strong. I'm incredibly grateful that I found Elton and strongly recommend him for personal training.
Elton E. FaulkElton E. Faulk
Chuck A.
I met Eric through Thumbtack and it's a privilege to have him as a personal trainer. A thorough professional, he's very knowledgable and believes in his true and tested training methods. I am one month in and I can tell you that I have improved on my lifting form and strength. Eric personalizes workouts based on your goals, and challenges you (within a reason) to push your boundaries and come out of your comfort zone. There's no hiding when it comes to hard work and he inculcates that good work ethic in you. He's mindful of COVID and takes all precautions to keep you at ease. I drive at least 40 mins to get to his gym and it's worth the money. I strongly recommend him to anyone looking for a professional personal trainer.
Eric Greenley certified personal trainerEric Greenley certified personal trainer
Joshua R.
Brandon is very friendly and professional. He is down to Earth, genuine, and very knowledgeable about personal training, health and wellness. We have had a few sessions so far and I am very pleased with how well it is going. I am looking forward to working with him much more in the coming weeks.
Fire Within Nutrition and FitnessFire Within Nutrition and Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
I haven't been working with Elton for too long but the the sessions that I've had with him have been great!! He know's how to inspire and motivate you while keeping a very professional environment. I already feel my improvement and I cant wait to keep working with him to see even better results! I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a Personal Trainer.
Elton E. FaulkElton E. Faulk
Kristen S.
David is truly a joy to train with. His additude is not that of judgment or aloofness, but one of caring and eagerness to teach. While more new to the profession than others, he makes each session feel personalized; his attention is always undivided, and he has a very keen eye. David will take the time to listen to you if you have questions, and thoroughly explains subjects ranging from anatomy to child development to personal experiences. His sense of humor is one of my favorite parts of working with him. It's easy to laugh off mistakes when he approaches teaching with an openness that is rarely seen in trainers, in my experience. Overall, I would recommend David wholeheartedly and without hesitation.
Phobos Strength and ConditioningPhobos Strength and Conditioning
Thumbtack Customer
Elton has been my personal trainer for a few months now, and with his guidance He is very knowledgeable about the right exercise regiment, nutrition, and has a wonderful disposition. For someone who does not like to exercise, he has motivated me to keep my body moving and (with nutritional advise) to be mindful of my eating habits; and with that, I have lost 15+ pounds (with minimal effort). He has proven to be very professional, effective, and inspirational. I have referred several people to him & they too are very satisfied with his services.
Elton E. FaulkElton E. Faulk
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