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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 Columbus personal trainers
Rick P.
Excellent training. Very personal and personable trainer who is focused on education, development and success. Pushes you to your limit but not past. Will recommend to EVERYONE!
Built By Blum Personal TrainingBuilt By Blum Personal Training
Thumbtack Customer
Eric is a great trainer. Keeps the workouts at a level to where they are challenging but doable. I would recommend Eric to anyone looking for a personal trainer in the Columbus area.
Miller Functional FitnessMiller Functional Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
Hired Zach for 12 months of personal training. He is extremely motivating and relatable. Very cool facility. I am confident that I will get results from his program as well.
Hammerhead TrainingHammerhead Training
Thumbtack Customer
My wife and I have been using Matt as our personal trainer for several weeks. I am extremely impressed with his knowledge and ability as a physical coach, but even more impressed at the personal interest he takes and helping each of us reach our goals. Matt is genuinely caring and concerned about our health and each of our objectives, and has designed programs tailored to our individual needs. He knows when to push and when not to overdo it, leading us to the results we are looking for. I originally chose Matt over several other trainers online because of his personal follow-up. He is always early for our appointments, and is unfailingly upbeat and encouraging. I highly recommend Matt to anyone who is serious about their health.
Your Body Your Choice Workout and Nutrition LLCYour Body Your Choice Workout and Nutrition LLC
Ty M.
My experience with Jordan Tank as a personal train has been exceptional. Jordan's knowledge in the gym, in addition to ever-present kindness and professionalism, made my fitness journey enjoyable. With the perfect amount of encouragement and effective communication, he created training sessions that were catered to my skill level, while providing the needed push to achieve results. I highly recommend Jordan Tank - you will not be disappointed!!
Jordan Tank, CPT®️, FNS®️Jordan Tank, CPT®️, FNS®️
Thumbtack Customer
I have only been work with Matt for a few weeks and I couldn't be happier with the experience. Matt is so easy to work with and really listen to your concern. I found every session is challenging and interesting and thanks to Matt for encouraging me to perform the work out to the best of my ability ! I will definitely recommend Matt him as your personal trainer !
Your Body Your Choice Workout and Nutrition LLCYour Body Your Choice Workout and Nutrition LLC
Samantha C.
Mat has been my trainer for almost three years for several reasons. He is incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated to making sure that everyone is able to hit their goals. He meets you where you are and walks you through every step. When there's a bump in the road, Mat's first response is always "How I can help?" He makes any adjustments needed for injuries and you're still able to get an amazing workout. Not only is he a great personal trainer, he has become a great mentor and an amazing friend. He has made the gym a space where his other clients support each other and make you feel a part of the "Built By Blum" family. If you're looking for a trainer, Mat's the one you want and need for your health journey.
Built By Blum Personal TrainingBuilt By Blum Personal Training
Kathy F.
Jessica is a wonderful personal trainer! She is professional, respectful & very caring. It is obvious she really loves what she does. She's a great listener & has picked up on things I happen to say to help custom-tailor exercise routines for me. She's helped me learn how to grocery shop & cook meals for better health (actually went with me to the store!) and always offers great tips. I'm so thankful to have found her on Thumbtack :)
Fitness FocusFitness Focus
Thumbtack Customer
I reached out to Pursuit Fitness through Thumbtack back in September and man was that a great decision on my part! I wanted to find a personal trainer that understood that I was in this to form a habit with the expectation that I could take over on my own once I felt comfortable. Russ was the perfect fit. He responded to my quote that same day and we set up a time to discuss his options for personal training and go over a free consultation. I was very impressed by his professionalism, knowledge, and facility! I ended up purchasing a three-month package for 30 minute sessions and we worked together to establish goals and track my progress. Every time I showed up he was ready to go with a new routine, and throughout the session he would explain which muscles we were targeting, why it's beneficial, and how it all connects. We would discuss diet and the types of exercises I should be doing when not at the sessions, as well as variations to those exercises. The facility was very nice, a little crowded at times but that just goes to show how more and more people are drawn to Russ's expertise as well as the rest of the team there! I purchased a gym membership as well and really appreciated the 24 hour access. Overall I had a fantastic experience, learned a lot, and will take the knowledge that Russ has given me to develop my own routines to keep active and healthy in the future! I really can't thank him enough!
Pursuit Fitness CenterPursuit Fitness Center
William C.
As a former athlete and Army veteran, fitness has been a huge priority in my life. Prior to my time spent with Jordan, I would even say I had great foundational knowledge when training my body for my personal goals. I reached out to Jordan to help establish new regiments after spending a decent amount of time away from the gym. Immediately, Jordan was quick in prioritizing my personal concerns, and this happened before the monetary conversation. Jordan was extremely assertive and informative from the very beginning. Little did I know, much of the previous workouts/regiments that had been apart of my previous fitness habits had been limiting my success. Jordan helped in correcting much of my form and prioritizing the foundations of fitness. As previously mentioned, I would consider myself pretty coherent in regard to fitness, but Jordan provided a much deeper understanding and informative stance. During all of our workouts (including many I had never heard of), Jordan made sure that we were operating in ways that were safe for the body while still improving strength. In the time I spent with Jordan, my posture improved, I gained muscle mass, and strengthened muscles I had previously been able to isolate. These were the goals I had prior to meeting with Jordan, and he helped me meet them in a short amount of time. Outside of the workout-knowledge provided, Jordan is an extremely informative and assertive individual. He really cares about the success of his clients and it is obvious that fitness is his passion and not his work. This makes the experience feel much more personal and in turn, influences more success. If you are looking for a trainer that will cater a regiment specifically to your goals in a way that is safe for long term fitness, informative, and produces results. Jordan is your guy.
Jordan Tank, CPT®️, FNS®️Jordan Tank, CPT®️, FNS®️
Omar A.
As someone who never really took personal health seriously before, Mat was my first step towards improving my physical, and by extension, mental health. Not only is he just a professional, but also a great friend and somebody you can rely on when you need to. He’s done training for years so is knowledgeable in how to push your body without injuring yourself, so there was no doubt from me when telling him my goals and what I want to achieve. He doesn’t just train you to make a living, but he genuinely wants to make a difference in people’s lives by teaching them how to make lifestyle choices to live healthier. I have never felt better or more confident about myself and I still have a lot to learn from Mat. My advice is that if you get the chance to work with him, do it! I’m glad I chose to start my journey here, and for the first time I’m optimistic about the progress he knows I can make.
Built By Blum Personal TrainingBuilt By Blum Personal Training
Samantha S.
Working with Matt has changed my life. I have been working with him for two and a half months and in that time I've lost around 20 lbs and 16 inches throughout my body. I have been dedicated on my end and run, walk, bike or swim on days I am not working with Matt. But the difference is that Matt holds me accountable and helps me grow the confidence to go to the gym and to workout. Every time I have a session with Matt I feel like a stronger woman. Not only does he provide emotional encouragement, but he cares about his clients as genuine people and is understanding of their changing circumstances. If I need to reschedule, he is quick to find an opening for me to come in, even if it isn't convenient for him, and is committed to my appointment regardless of the time. I was concerned that working out with a man would make me feel uncomfortable, but I feel completely safe working out with Matt alone. My husband saw my results and decided he would give personal training a chance. He has been satisfied with his workouts thus far, as they are completely tailored to his goals. I have made a change in my life and Matt is giving me the tools to keep going. Originally I thought I would sign up for only three months, but now that my three months are ending, I know I have plenty more to learn from Matt and his trainers. I highly, highly, highly recommend Your Body Your Choice.
Your Body Your Choice Workout and Nutrition LLCYour Body Your Choice Workout and Nutrition LLC
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