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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 Philadelphia personal trainers
Jamie C.
Great experience so far working with Sim. He’s very professional and works with you to achieve your goals. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a personal trainer.
Sim Williams FitnessSim Williams Fitness
Katherine C.
Starting next week but she was amazing to chat with, listening to my personal goals and going from there. A very different experience from your typical pushy trainer focused solely on the outside.
Thumbtack Customer
Amanda takes the time to plan a challenging and interesting workout that is catered to my level of fitness. She has been very flexible with my schedule. I highly recommend her as a personal trainer.
Nardone Holistic FitnessNardone Holistic Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
Hired Terrell from Next Up Fitness as my personal trainer, and the experience has been amazing. He is professional, and motivating, but pushes you to your goals. In the short amount of time I have bee with him, I have seen an obvious difference. One of the best trainers I have had.
Next up FitnessNext up Fitness
Sharina B.
Murv is a great trainer! Very knowledgeable about his craft, supportive, and push you past your limit. He has your best interest and builds a personal relationship with you. Within the couple of months training, not only has my body changed but my mindset as well. Thanks Murv!!💪🏾💪🏾
Form Follows Function Training LLCForm Follows Function Training LLC
Karina M.
Klasik Fit is a great company and Meredith is a wonderful trainer. This is my first experience with a personal trainer and i’m extremely happy i found Klasik Fit. From my first meeting with one of the owners, Jerry, I felt confident that i was in good hands. If you are someone who is looking to obtain a healthier lifestyle, i highly recommend this company.
Klasik FitKlasik Fit
Gwen W.
Jerry contacted me quickly and gave me lots of valuable information during my consultation. He then connected me with a great personal training who listened well to my concerns and has been very attentive and helpful. I'm delighted.
Klasik FitKlasik Fit
Thumbtack Customer
Terrell is AWESOME! I signed up for personal training about a week ago and I am already seeing results. Terrell is professional, knowledgeable and encouraging. I'm excited to reach my fitness goals. Look out for my before and after photos...
Next up FitnessNext up Fitness
Sabarina R.
Phil is a diligent personal trainer. He was very quick to respond and incredibly professional. His personalization and thoroughness really stood out from the moment we began discussing my weight loss plan. Thank you Phil for your time and energy!
Integrative Health and fitness by Dr PhilIntegrative Health and fitness by Dr Phil
Malik M.
This is a real gym , with a real trainer, with real results. IF YOU ARE WILLING TO DO THE WORK! Jake is the real deal, and the best deal you will find for his quality of work and expertise. Most personal trainers will rip you off and don’t know what they’re doing. Trust me ,it’s never a dull moment. He’s a animated man (lol) that can make it fun for anybody that wants to get in the best shape of their life.
Body CraftersBody Crafters
John B.
Working with Murv was definitely a pleasure. He taught me so much about fitness and health and it was only our consultation. My body is feeling it today but it feels so good. He’s very knowledgeable and cares about your lifestyle and maintaining great health. If you’re looking for your sign to hire a personal trainer this is it.
Form Follows Function Training LLCForm Follows Function Training LLC
Thumbtack Customer
My experience working out with Michael has been outstanding. He is very knowledgeable and reliable. Very understanding when it comes to scheduleing. Overall, he has a great personality and sense of humor but doesn't let you slack off. If you are considering getting a personal trainer I would highly recommend him, meet him, he won't disappoint you.
Built By Mike FitnessBuilt By Mike Fitness
Jyema D.
Today was my first day at Body Craft and l felt like I been there forever. Jake made me feel very comfortable during my workouts. He made sure the weights wasn’t to heavy and he gave me that extra push that I need to achieve my goal and also gave me a meal plan. I made him my new personal trainer. I can’t not wait to see my results
Body CraftersBody Crafters
Sheldon R.
Training with Joe has been an absolute pleasure. He is a true professional and a gentleman. Joe has an evidence-based approach to his personal training which I find extremely important. All of our sessions are tailored to my specific needs and goals. Joe will work at your pace and work around your schedule to make the sessions productive and valuable. He is always available via phone/text and will touch base with you on a weekly basis to set-up training sessions or even answer some questions about diet/exercise that you may have like myself. Joe is extremely flexible and easy going, which makes everything run efficiently and without added stress. What makes Joe stand out is his educational background. Joe is very well educated on human anatomy, nutrition, health and the science behind it all. He is punctual, dedicated, respectful, and compassionate. I highly recommend Joe, without reservation, and look forward to progressing in our weekly sessions.
Joseph Moffa PT, DPTJoseph Moffa PT, DPT
Elizabeth T.
I found Joe through a random search on Thumbtack. He had several great reviews, so I decided to try him. Joe was very responsive to my initial request to set up a consultation and to set up subsequent sessions. Joe is incredibly knowledgeable with his background in physical therapy. Joe designed a workout plan that I was targeted to my needs and showed results within just a few weeks. I would highly recommend Joe to anyone looking for a high quality personal trainer.
Joseph Moffa PT, DPTJoseph Moffa PT, DPT
Haoran Z.
I have been working with Sim for the >8 months and I am extremely happy with the results. From the very first session, he made me feel comfortable and motivated to push myself to achieve my fitness goals. It's so convenient that he comes to the gym in my apartment, which saves me time and effort traveling to a gym. He created a customized workout plan for me that balanced cardio and strength training, and I've seen significant improvement in my overall fitness level. In addition to his expertise in fitness, I appreciate his knowledge about nutrition, which has been essential in helping me make healthy choices in my diet. Overall, Sim is an exceptional coach who has kept me accountable, motivated and empowered to reach my fitness goals. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for an experienced and supportive personal trainer.
Sim Williams FitnessSim Williams Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
Joe has an evidence based view of fitness and nutrition and backs up his views and workouts (and nutritional counseling) with research from peer reviewed journals. This was important to me. His approach is very personalized and based on an individual assessment. It’s not one-size-fits-all and it’s very thorough. The workouts are designed to strengthen weak areas and build a strong foundation. Then he helps you build on the foundation. What I opted for was one personal session per week, which consists of one-on-one training, no other people present, in a well-equipped facility with ample parking. 3 prescriptive workouts per week focusing on my particular needs (and the workouts change as you progress), and nutritional counseling, which is quite detailed. He’s available via text/email as you have questions. Sessions are challenging but supportive, he’s not a drill-sergeant type but definitely pushes you. He has a long-term view of fitness and sets you up for long term success. It is an intelligent approach to what is often a confusing endeavor. One quality I look for in people I hire or businesses I use is excitement. If someone is excited about what they’re doing I think it’s a great indicator of their work ethic and dedication to their clients. I definitely see that Joe is excited to use his academic and clinical knowledge and experience to improve peoples’ lives.
Joseph Moffa PT, DPTJoseph Moffa PT, DPT
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