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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 Houston Heights personal trainers
Charles G.
Excellent personal trainer!
Clients First Fitness and TravelClients First Fitness and Travel
Martin R.
Marcaus is a great personal trainer!
Home/Apartment/Online/Corporate TrainingHome/Apartment/Online/Corporate Training
Taylor W.
Sid is an awesome personal trainer
Intensity FitnessIntensity Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
Great trainer and great workouts. I highly recommend him as a personal trainer . He is very encouraging and helpful. Thank You Alex !!
Retro GymRetro Gym
Thumbtack Customer
Akshay Raju - Personal Training is really great. I was skinny but too unmotivated and shy to go to the gym. I had Akshay Raju as my personal trainer and now I noticed a positive change in my appearance. I am happy and now more confident with myself. I definitely recommend Akshay Raju to anyone looking for great quality personal training. Karla Gonzalez - 07.24.2016
Caveman FitnessCaveman Fitness
Brooke J.
Jerrick is a great personal trainer!! He’s always motivating and works with your schedule and personal needs. Definitely recommend him especially if you’re just starting out!
Collin W.
Marcaus is a great trainer! He is very friendly and professional. Each session he trains you extremely hard to get you the results you want. If you're looking for a personal trainer at an affordable price, I would definitely recommend him!
Home/Apartment/Online/Corporate TrainingHome/Apartment/Online/Corporate Training
Rosa R.
Josh is a great trainer !! I had to stop training for personal reasons but during my time training I lost more weight that I had in years. He’s really great at explaining exercises so I was able to know how it was going to help. I plan on continuing training!
Secret Training Spot Rice MilitarySecret Training Spot Rice Military
Thumbtack Customer
Anahid is great at giving advice both while training and outside of it and really working with you to figure out what is right for you. She pushes you to do your best. Great personal trainer.
Akarimi FitnessAkarimi Fitness
Joshua J.
Darren is an excellent choice in a personal trainer. Experienced and knowledgeable. I felt muscles I'd never felt before. Good choice.
West University Fitness TrainingWest University Fitness Training
Jojo D.
I was nervous because it was my first session with a personal trainer however she made the experience better than I expected!
Jennifer Koch-ChellyJennifer Koch-Chelly
Angel D.
He is a very good worker. Helps out! Make sure u Accomplish your goals. Recommend him as a personal trainer
Maha. e.
Wonderful personality to deal with for personal one to one training Very polite, professional and courteous Very informative and friendly I enjoyed working with him
Home/Apartment/Online/Corporate TrainingHome/Apartment/Online/Corporate Training
Thumbtack Customer
Great personal trainer. Cares about long term results, very motivational and has vast knowledge on the way our bodies work. Highly recommended.
Jose Flores ONLY in Sugar LandJose Flores ONLY in Sugar Land
Roberta S.
Darren is an awesome trainer! He is very knowledgeable and great at what he does! I have been working with Darren for about a month and I definitely can feel a difference. I would recommend Darren for your personal training needs.
West University Fitness TrainingWest University Fitness Training
Thumbtack Customer
Anyone out there looking for a personal trainer I highly recommend Aja Hicks. She is awesome and I'm seeing results after only a month. Irma D
AsiaDawn FitnessAsiaDawn Fitness
Deborah R.
Khanh is an awesome trainer! He is extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and funny! He cares about his clients and also gets to know them. He is motivating and encouraging. If you're in the market for a personal trainer, you cannot get a better one than Khanh. 🙂
Thumbtack Customer
If you want more than just a personal trainer, Jesse is the guy for you. He is a life coach who integrates health issues and diet into his customized program for you.
Thumbtack Customer
Personal training and nutritional plans have been great. Eric is very knowledgeable and able to personalize plans to achieve each individual's needs!! Very friendly and always flexible/accommodating with scheduling.
Banks PhysiqueBanks Physique
Ashley L.
Jennifer provided the skills and motivation needed to start my fitness journey. She is also very friendly and professional :) I highly recommend her to anyone looking for accountability / personal trainer!
Jennifer Koch-ChellyJennifer Koch-Chelly
Mercedi Y.
Extremely knowledgeable in his work. Nice and clean workout area, and updated equipment. Can, and will help you achieve your goals at an accelerated pace. Highly recommend if you are looking for a personal trainer.
Secret Training Spot Rice MilitarySecret Training Spot Rice Military
Philipp K.
I love the service!!! It is truly revolutionary. Finally personal training made easy and the trainers are awesome. Easy to use interface for anybody, all you do is select a time, select a location, pick a trainer, and you are all set. The team of trainers are comprised of knowledgeable experts all highly motivated to help you get back in shape. I have booked several trainers and always had a totally different experience then training with a trainer from a big box gym were I was often unhappy. Every single trainer came with high energy and a passion to really help me get back in a workout routine. Also the Kanthaka service team is super responsive and solely focused on providing you a great experience!!!
Kanthaka Personal Trainers and Yoga InstructorsKanthaka Personal Trainers and Yoga Instructors
Trevor W.
Daniel is very knowledgeable and helpful in all areas not to mention his physical training background and nutritional expertise. He's cool, down to earth person but pushes you to help you and truly seem to care about your results not just a paycheck. I would highly recommend anyone and everyone to Daniel for a personal trainer
Michael C.
As a 22 year old getting a personal trainer, my very first trainer, i wouldn’t have chosen a better trainer/Jared. He opened my eyes to a lot of great opportunities, suck as eating healthier and looking better of course. Now he’ll make sure he gets 120% out of you. But for the first 30 days I’ve seen drastic results and i plan on finishing the 90 challenge goal, and i advise everyone else to do so as Jared being your trainer.
Thumbtack Customer
Ricky is a very personable, professional and reliable personal trainer who is helping me achieve my goals of long term weight loss and strength training. He tailors fitness regimes to the individual and varies the routine on a weekly basis so it never becomes tedious. I highly recommend Ricky if you are serious about getting fit and want a trainer who will go that extra mile to help you reach your goals.
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