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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 Pittsburgh personal trainers
Thumbtack Customer
Ty is an excellent personal trainer!!
Fit4life Services LLCFit4life Services LLC
Michele A.
Pittsburgh Pro Training responded almost immediately. I have been using Matt as my personal trainer for almost a month and find the entire experience to be as good as I could hope.
Pittsburgh Pro TrainingPittsburgh Pro Training
Thumbtack Customer
Terrell was the perfect professional. He was on time and had a thorough knowledge of fitness and exercise. He definitely pushed me to do my best and was encouraging during the entire training routine. He is an excellent personal trainer!
World of Lindsay FitnessWorld of Lindsay Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
Brian is a wonderful personal trainer who really tailors workouts to fit your goals. He really mixes things up so you get results!
Brian Francis Personal TrainingBrian Francis Personal Training
Thumbtack Customer
I have been using Brian now for over a year. He has been an excellent. Personal Trainer. He has helped me lose about 16 lbs. up to this point. He has been very knowledgable as well with any nutrition or excercise question that I have asked him. And my favorite part of all this is having him come to my home and me not having to go out to get my training at the gym. I would highly recommend him to anyone interested in using a personal trainer.
Brian Francis Personal TrainingBrian Francis Personal Training
Long P.
Jason is a phenomenal trainer! Not only he sets fitness goals with you, but as well as personal goals! He's knowledgeable and passionate at what he does. The gym exceptionally clean and organized!
JM Functional TrainingJM Functional Training
Mariah m.
Scarlet is so wonderful such a great person ...she don’t judge no one all she cares about is getting you to Reach your goals ...she so sweet... definitely staying with her as my personal trainer
Fit 4 Life ServicesFit 4 Life Services
Thumbtack Customer
Mike set up a plan for me based on my goals as well as my trouble spots. He's very professional and knowledgeable. I'm continuing to work with him on a weekly basis and feel good about the progress I'm making. I highly recommend him as a personal trainer.
Mobile Mike Personal TrainingMobile Mike Personal Training
Scott P.
Been with Steven 4 months and his enthusiasm is infectious. Is his workout program tough? You betcha, but then again personal training is about pushing your limits to achieve. He tailors his programs to your specific goals and needs. I would wholeheartedly recommend him.
Against The Machine (ATM) FitnessAgainst The Machine (ATM) Fitness
Sherri T.
I found Terry on a lucky whim. I was seeking a trainer well versed in fitness competition prep and training. When I first reached out to Terry he was super responsive and answered all my questions. Working with him has been a pleasant experience. He is knowledgeable, patient, and definitely challenges me when I need it the most. I am committed to my workouts and it was hard leaving my old personal trainer but working with Terry made the transition smooth and seamless. I am confident I am getting the training to get stage ready. If you are looking for a trainer who is committed as you are Terry is that dude. I would highly recommend him to anyone. He will get you right!
Experience a new way of training!!Experience a new way of training!!
Megan R.
Jason is passionate and dedicated to helping his clients achieve their fitness goals. He has exceeded my expectation of a personal trainer. He gives excellent advice for healthy meal prep and has helped me stay motivated! His workouts are challenging and individualized. I’m beyond impressed by his commitment to helping me reach my goals!
JM Functional TrainingJM Functional Training
Thumbtack Customer
Jason has been great for me. I was very skeptical about hiring a personal trainer. I have witnessed many and have not been extremely impressed with most that I have seen. I wanted someone who was professional, highly-qualified, and positive. Jason is all of those things and more. I have been with him for about six weeks and I started in very poor condition with various aches and pains/injuries. Working with Jason three times a week has been very rewarding. I have, with his help, worked through most of my issues and am really starting to enjoy our workouts. The improvements have been amazing in some cases. I am getting my confidence back and am starting to believe that I can get back into very good shape. Jason has a very hands-on approach and sets up a program for any ability and strength/conditioning level that is individualized to your needs. The workouts are very challenging and are constantly changing to keep it exciting even though you are working so hard. I can't imagine that there are too many trainers like Jason out there, I have an athletic background and continue to work in the field today. I wouldn't pay a dime for the services of most trainers. If you value your health and wellness, Jason is without a doubt, priceless.
JM Functional TrainingJM Functional Training
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