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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. 

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.

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 Norristown personal trainers
Ken L.
I have been training with Andrew for about 5 months now. I have had many trainers over the years and Andrew is by far the best. He knows how to get the most out of me and each workout is personally tailored and well planned out. He knows when to push me hard and when to ease up. He is very encouraging and also offers a wealth of knowledge about all aspects of fitness, diet and wellness. My strength and endurance has increased a great deal and I look forward to every training session. Our training has been an essential component of my recent 60 lb. weight loss. But the most important thing I can compliment Andrew on for me personally, is his ability to work around my injured shoulder and make sure that my injury is never aggravated by our workouts. I highly recommend Andrew for anyone looking for an excellent personal trainer regardless of your age or fitness level.
Hybrid Personal TrainingHybrid Personal Training
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After dealing with a 6 month illness and subsequent weight gain I decided I needed to do something different and get some help and get in shape. I was very skeptical of the trainer routine but thought I would investigate and see if it could work for me. From the minute I spoke with Joe on the phone I knew that I had found someone different who could make the difference in my physical well being I was looking for. Joe is unbelievably focused on you as a client from the very first moment. At my first appointment he had me walk and assessed that I had weakness on my left side I knew nothing about. Then he went about assessing every aspect of my physical condition and teaching me specific exercises tailored to me and what I needed and would deal with each weakness. Each subsequent meeting has been an experience. He constantly reassesses my condition, letting me progress to another level when appropriate and modifying what we are doing when he finds another weakness to be addressed. This experience is totally different from gong to a gym and working on machines in a routine. Joe's approach is to address every part of the foundation in your physical well being and to build the foundation strong and then to progress from there. Joe is fanatical about what he does and in making a huge difference in your life. He finds issues to address you have no idea exist and when you follow his instructions you gain flexibility you didn't realize you lost and feel better than you imagined you could feel. I was a skeptic but took a chance on Joe to help me. It has turned out to be one of the best decisions I have made in years. Joe is very knowledgeable in the science and explains the rationale for everything he does. He pushes you to do what has to be done and doesn't tolerate slackers so be prepared. The workout is intense and the homework is focused and tailored to you. To help you do your workouts at home properly he videotapes the right way to do what he wants you to do and posts in on You Tube so you can review the exercise at home and do it right every time. Because he tailors your workout to you many of the You Tube posts are just for you. Where else do you get that level of professionalism, caring, and personalization? Working with Joe for the past 3 weeks has had a huge impact on my personal fitness and I can't wait to see what the next 2-3 months brings. If you are serious about your personal fitness and really want to change there is NOBODY better than Joe. If you want to slack off and just go through the motions save yourself a lot of time and just go to a gym.
Passion for FitnessPassion for Fitness
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