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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 Cleveland Heights personal trainers
Patrick R.
Working with Bronson has been great so far! He’s what I was looking for in a personal trainer.
Train ProperTrain Proper
Saipeti S.
My very first personal trainer (Adam)and it’s going great. Challenging and fun that makes me want to workout on my days off. Adam is Very friendly and highly recommended
Core Fitness Training CenterCore Fitness Training Center
Thumbtack Customer
Jason is a great professional and while I only had a couple sessions so far, I can already feel the results. If you're looking for a personal trainer - Jason is your guy.
24kt Fitness Studio24kt Fitness Studio
Thumbtack Customer
Training with Jacqueline has been great! I'd never had a personal trainer before, so I didn't know what to expect, but she has been phenomenal about accommodating not only my schedule, but my personal preferences etc. She customizes each workout to fit my needs and is very encouraging without judgement. She is able to push me to do my best/work my hardest, but also helps me work around my limitations.
Jacqueline Tatro - Personal Training and YogaJacqueline Tatro - Personal Training and Yoga
Anise A.
Chris is an excellent personal trainer. He incorporated my goals and preferences into the training plan. He appropriately gauges the appropriateness and level of difficulty of each workout session. He adds new exercises to each session to keep things interesting. In sum, he provides a high value, personalized service.
Chris O’LoughlinChris O’Loughlin
Rachel B.
Michael is an excellent personal trainer! I’ve been working with him a little over a month. He is very accommodating to my needs but still pushes me to go farther and get stronger! 10/10 highly recommended!
HIIT Squad Fitness | Michael ReanHIIT Squad Fitness | Michael Rean
Carla R.
Very kind and professional! He is always very responsive and willing to answer questions or help outside of the regular training hours. He always puts you first and will go above and beyond to help you achieve your goals. I am glad I chose him as my personal trainer and I highly recommend him to everyone!
T-Bod FitnessT-Bod Fitness
Jillian S.
Kinosha is a blessing to my life. I trained with him privately in my home as well as privately in his gym. When I began this life changing journey, I picked Kinosha off of a personal trainer listing blind. Just because we shared the same last name! He is a great motivator and a kind person. Not military and mean which is why I had always stayed away from personal trainers in the past. I have now lost almost 35 lbs and I am continuing to work out and lose weight. All thanks to Kinosha's help and support. I HIGHLY recommend Kinosha. You will be so happy to see the results you can achieve while working with him. His qualities include positive communication, professionalism and kindness.
Kinosha Spencer - Personal TrainingKinosha Spencer - Personal Training
Deena B.
My fitness training is still in progress and I’m VERY happy about that. Garrett is very skilled at developing a program that is a quality experience designed with my specific situation in mind. I look forward to going to each of my personal sessions. Highly recommended!
All In FitnessAll In Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
Jason Gold is very professional and helpful. Each session is different which keeps it interesting. The studio is very clean. He is helping me strengthen my core muscles and leg and arms also. I am a senior citizen and a personal trainer at their location is a good fit.
24kt Fitness Studio24kt Fitness Studio
Thumbtack Customer
I was brand new to personal training when I hired Jacquie. She was ready and willing to answer any questions I had before starting and throughout the process. She has helped me gain more knowlege about fitness and nutrition, not just a quick fix but knowlege to have long term sustainable results. She is really passionate about her work and really wants you to succeed. She is very accomodating and willing to work with you and your preferences. She has given me the tools I need to be a healthier person and I am so glad I made the choice to hire her as my personal trainer!
Jacqueline Tatro - Personal Training and YogaJacqueline Tatro - Personal Training and Yoga
Thumbtack Customer
I have been working with Jason for over a month now and am thrilled with both the experience and outcomes. Jason is incredibly professional, well versed in the field, and really pushes me outside of my comfort zone. Tough but good, I highly recommend Jason as a personal trainer!
24kt Fitness Studio24kt Fitness Studio
Thumbtack Customer
I am currently receiving personal training and absolutely love it! I am starting to feel great! Jacqueline pushes me a little further every session we have and keeps me motivated. I would recommend checking them out if your ready for a fitness changr in your life.
Jacqueline Tatro - Personal Training and YogaJacqueline Tatro - Personal Training and Yoga
Thumbtack Customer
I can't believe how well Jason knows personal training. He is the whole package when he works with his clients. He has taken me out of my comfort zone and has given me the confidence to excel at my workouts. I started to see and feel results in just a few sessions, I'm feeling really good again and I owe it all to Jason!
24kt Fitness Studio24kt Fitness Studio
Crystal D.
I have started and restarted my fitness journey several times and have been successful. Throughout the years my weight increased due to unforeseen circumstances, life and age! I committed to getting back into shape and working with a trainer! I researched several trainers their certifications as well as their techniques to improve weight loss. I started at Clutch Fitness with Rayshawn! He is the best trainer I have ever had! He has a wealth of knowledge regarding fitness and his own personal story which has been an inspiration! Rayshawn has helped me with meal prep and meal planing, he has also made me extremely comfortable with discussing my fitness goals and working towards them! For most people exercising can be quite difficult while trying to juggle work, family and home. I have yet to meet a trainer who has as much patience as he does and thoroughly explains the workout routine by demonstration and amazingly he started working with me at my fitness level and continuously sets a individualized plan and pace suitable to my needs! Overall I have had an awesome experience and I look forward to working out with him even on the worst day!
Clutch FitnessClutch Fitness
Nick M.
Mike is an amazing trainer and most importantly an amazing human being. Mike's approach to fitness and wellness is holistic and personalized, which has helped me achieve my goals in a sustainable and enjoyable way. His workouts are challenging but manageable, and he always makes sure to check in on how I'm feeling and adjust the program accordingly. I appreciate his attention to proper form and technique, which has helped me avoid injury and build strength effectively. In addition to the workouts, Mike has also provided invaluable knowledge and guidance to during my fitness journey that has made me care more about fitness than I ever have, he truly spoke to the nerd him and got me interested in learning more about my body. Overall, I highly recommend Mike as a personal trainer to anyone looking to improve their health and fitness. He is soo worth it!!
HIIT Squad Fitness | Michael ReanHIIT Squad Fitness | Michael Rean
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