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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 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.

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 Columbia personal trainers
Amy H.
Great personal trainer! Comes to me, motivating, positive. Patrick makes working out as fun as it can be!!
Jessica B.
My experience with 7th Nation Fitness was really good. I was looking for a personal trainer that could help me build muscle and still keep my feminine figure. The personal trainer had a good personality and was knowledgeable about fitness. I was encouraged throughout my workouts, which helped me reach my goal.
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Selena M.
My training with 7th Nation Fitness was/is a great experience. I have had other personal trainers before, but with 7th Nation Fitness I actually saw results and reached my goals. I would definitely recommend their services.
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Angel M.
Patrick is absolutely the most competent, disciplined, professional, cost effective, and the kindest personal trainer I've ever met! He pushes you in the best way to rediscover a healthier, fitter you!
Rylee M.
Highly recommend hiring VJ. He is very knowledgeable about many forms of fitness and nutrition. He will work with you to make a personal way of training that fits your lifestyle and goals.
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Rahel D.
I like konan and Jessica, it is my first time working with personal trainer and I love how they encourage you , keep you accountable and push you. I would recommand 7th nation fitness for anyone who wants to see results
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Thumbtack Customer
I've never had a personal trainer so invested in my goals and helping me to get there. Patrick will help you learn and understand everything you're doing which is extremely helpful. Nothing but a good review and I highly recommend his service!
Thumbtack Customer
I cannot say enough good things about Rachel Maxwell and CenterFit. She is highly qualified and takes a genuine interest in her clients. She is helping me reach my goals by crafting a program that fits my budget, schedule, and fitness needs. Top notch personal training!
Thumbtack Customer
I hired a personal trainer for the motivation and the extra push. I received so much more than that! Patrick is AWESOME! Very knowledgeable and knows how to work his clients to get the most out of them to benefit them. I've learned so much about the proper techniques and why we do things the way that we do. I've been so excited about my workouts. If you're looking for education and results that are long-term...Patrick is the trainer to call!
Aylin U.
I really enjoy working out with Patrick! I came in knowing absolutely nothing about workout techniques but he makes me feel good coming in and keeps me motivated and confident. If you're going to choose anyone as a personal trainer Patrick is the way to go. Can't wait to keep making improvements!!
Alex D.
I Think that 7 Nation is the Best to use if you are looking for a personal trainer. Their team is dedicated and earnest about helping you reach you're goals. I would not even think about trying to find another team to help you with you're fitness goals. I implore that people should try the 7 nation for their fitness goals. You will not find a more professional team that is smart and dedicated to helping you!!!
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Victoria S.
I have been working out with Patrick for the past two weeks and have been satisfied with my experience thus far. Patrick has a lot of knowledge about health and fitness, and years of experience and it shows! He is also very professional, personable and easy to communicate with. Working with a personal trainer can be intimidating to many people. But Patrick has such a relaxed and plesant demeanor that he makes the process easy. He meets you where you are so there's less pressure. I'm looking forward to continuing my workouts with him and to seeing great results!
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