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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. 

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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.

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.

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 Rochester personal trainers
Thumbtack Customer
So far my experience has been great! Jah is always there to help and provide guidance every step of the way! I would highly recommend his personal training services!
IFBB Pro Master AlexandriaIFBB Pro Master Alexandria
Giana F.
I have been working with Ryan for a few months now and he is everything you would want and need in a personal trainer. He is attentive and encouraging. Ryan takes your goals and creates a personal workout plan suited to achieve those goals and overall improve your life. His gym may be raw and unconventional but the privacy paired with his dedication makes him the ideal trainer. I’ve seen so much progress in these last months and will continue to see him.”
Jada G.
I’m happy to share my progress in this recommendation letter for my personal trainer, Fuller Fitness. Martine has helped me make permanent life changes for better health. His persistence keeps me focused and committed to a 3 day weekly workout schedule and online workouts. He’s helped develop a new attitude in me. Along with more confidence and drive to stay healthy, I make the right eating choices to support my progress. I’ve discovered new confidence as I‘m seeing a new difference every week of training. I’m now eating naturally and feeling better than ever before!. Now I look forward to each session! ( soon upgrading to 4 days). He is a good personal trainer in Rochester, NY, works around your hours and has a good outside training area.
Fuller FitnessFuller Fitness
Mitch v.
Jerome is a great personal trainer. His focus is on the right things, and I already feel much better about myself. You can only select three aspects on the review, but he also offers great value, and is always on time!
Jerome StillerJerome Stiller
Thumbtack Customer
Sarah Lane-Ayers is an excellent trainer. She is totally focused on my needs and is an attentive listener. She has very thoroughly assessed what my needs are and has tailored a great program that is easy for me to follow. Besides that, she is lively and very fun to work out with and has encouraged and motivated me - I highly recommend Sarah Lane-Ayers as a personal trainer!
Better Body with a BuddyBetter Body with a Buddy
Mary E.
I've been working with Dan for about 3 weeks and I have really appreciated how welcoming the team was and the open and non judgmental atmosphere. Dan is great, meets my energy when we train but also pushes me to a new personal best every session.
UFO Fitness - 1st Session is FREE!UFO Fitness - 1st Session is FREE!
Savanah B.
Tonilynn is a fantastic personal trainer! She keeps me motivated and I find myself looking forward to my next session. She is constantly changing up the workouts and keeps things exciting. She tailors the workouts to make sure you are getting exactly what you need from them. HIGHLY recommend.
"TOOLS“ made "EASY"! Tonilynn trainer/nutrition"TOOLS“ made "EASY"! Tonilynn trainer/nutrition
Thumbtack Customer
Helen does an amazing job !!! She is doing a weekly class for the seniors at Charles Settlement House who are 60years of age and older....They really enjoy the different exercises that she does. One of my seniors who is 92 years old came to me after class and said "hey that was a great class for me" ... I am more than satisfied with Helen Legacy personal training... Thanks NMM
Personal Training @ FitClass with HelenPersonal Training @ FitClass with Helen
Thumbtack Customer
Couldn't be more satisfied with Jah from the first minute we talked I knew I had the right guy and am looking forward to working with him. He is the whole package your neutritionist your trainer your coach he is your right hand man even encourages you to shoot him a text or a call when you have questions, I don't know anyone else who is on call 24/7 for the price he offers. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone who is looking for a personal trainer you wouldn't regret it that's for sure.
IFBB Pro Master AlexandriaIFBB Pro Master Alexandria
Lori D.
I inquired about three personal trainers on the Thumbtack website, but Helen was the only one that actually researched about the Army's new Combat Fitness Test that I have to take in April. This was my determining factor in choosing her. She's been great in given me techniques and exercises to help me strengthening my body for this upcoming test. Her help has given me a level of confidence that I know that I will be able to pass the test. Thanks Helen...Army Strong
Personal Training @ FitClass with HelenPersonal Training @ FitClass with Helen
Nicole C.
I’m a fitness newbie, and Toni’s been beyond understanding while continuing to push me. She always makes sure I’m comfortable and safe during a workout (physically, emotionally, mentally, you name it). She listens to my pains and concerns and adapts to any challenges. For example, I have a funky hip and groin injury that she’s been able to avoid aggravating while continuing to build strength. After searching for a personal trainer for a bit, I’m confident I found the right one for my needs.
"TOOLS“ made "EASY"! Tonilynn trainer/nutrition"TOOLS“ made "EASY"! Tonilynn trainer/nutrition
Thumbtack Customer
Ryan has been working with me for about a week now, and it has been such a great experience. I have tried workout DVDs and going to the gym, but for those who need the extra motivation, or who don't necessarily know what you should or shouldn't be doing to reach your fitness goal; I would definitely recommend giving Key-2-Fitness a try. Ryan is always a text away and always willing to help me with any questions I may have. He has managed to get me excited about working out and getting in shape. Every session is always a comfortable environment, and I have no doubt that when I'm done with his program, I won't just be walking away as a healthier, stronger, and more in shape human being, but I'll also be walking away with a friend. I would highly recommend checking out Key-2-Fitness if you're looking for a great personal trainer.
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