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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 Raleigh personal trainers
Loreta o.
Great personal trainer, I hope to continue training with him, 10 classes have made a huge difference, greatly increasing fitness and stamina.
Great Fitness For Life(Virtual Training)Great Fitness For Life(Virtual Training)
Andrew M.
Ethan and Brennan do a great job. I recommend anyone looking for a Personal Trainer.
Personal Trainers at HomePersonal Trainers at Home
Jay J.
Braxton is a great and knowledgeable personal trainer who's very easy to talk to and fun to be around. He made exercising fun!!!
Body By Brax (Virtual Training)Body By Brax (Virtual Training)
Thumbtack Customer
Awesome personal trainer! Bratcher is knowledgeable and passionate about his craft. Dedicated to helping his clients reach their fitness goals. I highly recommend.
Hegemony Training CorpHegemony Training Corp
Brady W.
We are a young professional couple who visited Raleigh from Australia for six months earlier this year for work. We were lucky enough to find DeMarcus who was flexible with our schedule when we were travelling, and was able to provide us with personal training sessions in our apartment complex's gym. After a detailed initial goal-setting consultation, DeMarcus tailored our personal training sessions to our requirements. He also gave us a detailed physical activity schedule for in-between sessions, taking into account our other activities such as yoga. We got a lot out of the discipline and enthusiasm DeMarcus brought to the sessions. We found DeMarcus to be professional and reliable, and his charges are reasonable. We would definitely recommend him to anyone seeking a personal trainer.
Great Fitness For Life(Virtual Training)Great Fitness For Life(Virtual Training)
Thumbtack Customer
Katie is an AWESOME trainer!! She was my first experience with a personal trainer and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. She really made personal training personal. She helped me understand what being healthy and fit really means and guided me on how to eat healthier. She was realistic with temptations in life and how a busy schedule can interfere with eating healthy/working out. She helped me push through those situations whether it was suggestions on what to eat at a restaurant or reminding me that one bad day didn't take away all the hard work I had done. Katie makes working out fun and is dedicated to helping you every step of the way. She helps you with your weekly workouts and provides support throughout each week. Katie really is a positive person to be around and makes you feel like you can accomplish your goals, whatever they may be. HIGHLY recommend to anyone!!!
Fitting by KatieFitting by Katie
Thomas A.
Alex has been my personal trainer for almost a year, and I've made so much progress!! I've lost 20 pounds, gained so much mobility and flexibility, and I'm lifting more than ever. I can personally highly recommend Alex!
Alex RoosenAlex Roosen
Thumbtack Customer
I have been working with Larry for about six weeks and I highly recommend his services to anyone looking for a personal trainer. He is encouraging and motivating during our work outs and always professional. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone looking to change their lifestyle or just shed some unwanted pounds.
Hegemony Training CorpHegemony Training Corp
Maria G.
I started working out with Brennen from Professional Trainers at home around June 2021, to lose some weight for my wedding. It was such a great experience that after I met my goal, I continued and dragged my husband to do it too! Now my goal is to get strong and Brennen is such a great trainer for it too. He cares about personal goals and is very understanding of health limitations. He makes every single training session enjoyable and fun. If you are like me that needs structure (because I get lost in a Gym) or want to have more fun with exercising please contact them. You won’t regret at all! Best COVID decision .
Personal Trainers at HomePersonal Trainers at Home
Thumbtack Customer
I sought a personal trainer after my therapeutic massage therapist told me that I needed to strengthen my muscles else they would not be able to handle the weight I place on them. I reviewed the quotes and reached out to two that resonated. Robyn was one of them. What set her above the others was (1) she was prepared, (2) she was on time and (3) she was thorough. Almost as soon as we began working together, my bone density results came back with osteopenia. Drawing from both her experience as a personal trainer and her own similar diagnosis, she was able to allay fears and challenge me yet not cause harm. That was important to me. I could go on and on about details and I know those are important to those who are contemplating whether or not to hire her. Nonetheless, I'll say this. Not one time in our months of working together did she not bring excellence to her craft. Her smile and upbeat personality as well as her expertise in her field made me want to do better in taking care of my body, my mind and my health. I HIGHLY recommend her!!
Get Fit, Stay Fit with Robyn...ONLINE!Get Fit, Stay Fit with Robyn...ONLINE!
Thumbtack Customer
I've been seeing Bryant for a month now and have zero complaints. He's an awesome personal trainer. Bryant provides a unique workout regiment that really pushes you and, for me, led to results quickly. Based on what your goals are, Bryant will tailor his regiment to your needs. He is also a good teacher and will tell you exactly why and what you are trying to accomplish with each exercise. Last but not least, he's an easy guy to get along with and talk about other things to keep your mind off the exercise at hand.
Juniper A.
I have been working with Audra in an outdoor, socially-distanced capacity twice a week for about six months now. I started working with her when I had plateaued with powerlifting and didn’t know/have the motivation to figure out what I was doing wrong on my own. I also wanted to lose weight and was hoping for more guidance and accountability. Audra has totally met me where I’m at and has pushed and supported me to reach my goals. For weightlifting, I’ve seen amazing results, both in my physique and my strength. This week during my sessions with Audra I shattered my previous PRs on deadlift and squats, and felt great doing it. I know that my imbalances are being corrected, and her program has built my strength enough that I was prepared to give my all. I’m a bit scared of dieting due to a previous eating disorder, and Audra has been able to keep that in mind and help me stay focused on eating right and feeding my lifting goals. I’ve lost weight slowly, but steadily, without losing muscle or abandoning all joy in life (aka baked goods). I think my success with Audra is largely due to her warm and genuine positivity, and her sense of how to motivate. Her ability to balance challenge and acceptance, which comes both from her deep knowledge on how to develop the body and her experience as a personal trainer and athlete, helps me to give me all and get back up again after disappointments or failures. This means I’ve been able to stay the course, and has led to greater achievements than I really thought possible before. Working with Audra has really been life changing for me and I’m excited to keep going in 2021!
STRONGER by audraSTRONGER by audra
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