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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 Alexandria personal trainers
Jacenta C.
Svetness provides outstanding personal trainers. Ashley provides 5 star service and pushes you to meet your goals. I would recommend Ashley and Svetness to anyone looking for a personal trainer that is an expert in fitness.
SVETNESS Personal TrainingSVETNESS Personal Training
Jessica D.
ELIN personal training redefined is a whole different experience. I never expected that a personal training company could provide so much value. These guys definitely live what they do. Their passion is contagious! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
ELIN Fitness Redefined®ELIN Fitness Redefined®
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent in-home personal training! Chris is very motivating in a way that is not too pushy. He is also very personable and he doesn't guilt you on eating habits, etc.. I'd highly recommend his non pretentious personal training services.
Certified Fitness and Nutrition Coach Chris JonesCertified Fitness and Nutrition Coach Chris Jones
Sean R.
I have been working with ElN FITNESS REDEFINED since May of this year. I cannot be happier with the results. This is the first time in my life where I truly feel I can reach my goals because of Elin and his team of personal trainers. Dakota was my personal trainer for the last couple months and he was truly EXCEPTIONAL as a trainer. The best I’ve ever had. If you are planning on finding a personal trainer, I recommend reaching out to Elin and getting you’re journey started with him.
ELIN Fitness Redefined®ELIN Fitness Redefined®
Thumbtack Customer
She is great. This is my first time with a personal trainer and it's been a great experience. She's been extremely helpful. I will be continuing training with her!
CoutureFit Fitness ServiceCoutureFit Fitness Service
Taylor B.
ELIN personal training is perfect across the board - you establish clear goals when you start, and your trainer will push you to work harder, eat smarter, and get stronger.
ELIN Fitness Redefined®ELIN Fitness Redefined®
Hannah T.
I have had two sessions and I liked both sessions. I can see myself continuing with my personal trainer for a long time, as needed.
SVETNESS Personal TrainingSVETNESS Personal Training
Dilasha K.
I have a very knowledgable personal trainer who helps me to enjoy my session along with the benefits I can get from the work out!
SVETNESS Personal TrainingSVETNESS Personal Training
Thumbtack Customer
I am extremely happy with my personal training program with Svetness and the professionalism of my trainer, Lauren. Lauren is reliable, always on time; and most importantly, the training sessions are challenging and never boring. I never had a personal trainer before and was really hesitant about making the call, but I'm so glad I did. I would highly recommend Lauren because she is very knowledgeable; her training varies from a nice mix of core, upper body, lower body and high intensity exercises. I never thought I would look forward to an early morning, hour-long workout, but I can stay motivated around Lauren because she is so friendly and I feel comfortable around her, which allows me to push myself through each exercise. Thanks Lauren!
SVETNESS Personal TrainingSVETNESS Personal Training
Sinan B.
A great full body workout. He customizes the workouts tailored to my fitness goals for each session. Lots of value compared to regular personal trainers given his knowledge of boxing and exercise sciences.
Manga MethodManga Method
Thumbtack Customer
I have been training with Robert Armstrong (Fitness Stop LLC), Personal Training, 4 times a week since November 18, 2015. I researched numerous fitness programs and met various personal trainers in my local area before choosing Fitness Stop LLC. I found an immediate connection with Robert and his training program as I felt he truly cares in working with his clients to reach their fitness goals regardless if its 10 or 60 pounds. His personal experience in weight loss and dedicated training drives his clients to achieving their fitness goals as he has. My goal is to lose 25-30 pounds within 6 months from the start of my training. Robert provided me with a meal plan that I have been disciplined in following. He prepared me to understand the challenges I will experience when changing to a healthier lifestyle with consistent exercise and diet. Robert has the patience yet pushes his clients to the level he knows they can achieve and they do. He works well with clients with injuries as well. In the first 3 weeks I trained with Robert, I lost 10 pounds. I definitely met my goal in losing the most difficult 10 pounds in less than the time I expected and because of it, I am more motivated and determined and will continue training with Robert. Losing pounds and maintaining the weight loss was always the most difficult for me but because Robert's training varies and not boring, I look forward to each training session and always feel accomplished after. The only regret I have is that I wish I had started sooner with Robert Armstrong and Fitness Stop LLC but like anything in life, better late than never.
Fitness StopFitness Stop
Evelyn s.
Sarah is amazing ! I have been working with her for a couple months now and she’s pushed me to my potential , she is very patient , professional , and knows her stuff. I’m glad I found Sarah , couldn’t have asked for a better personal trainer. 😊
SL PerformanceSL Performance
Thumbtack Customer
Meeting Robert was what helped me decide to go with Fitness Stop as my personal training studio. He made sense. The facility is well laid out and has all of the right equipment. I look forward to getting healthy with Fitness Stop's help. Happy New Year to me!
Fitness StopFitness Stop
Gaiell K.
Coach Devinne has been a great trainer. He knows his craft very well. He tailors our workouts to match my goals. Since I've started working with Devinne, I've become stronger and faster. I like especially that the workouts have variety. I'm never bored and Coach Devinne is an awesome motivator. Most importantly, he makes sure to include stretching to prevent injury and promote flexibility. I highly recommend Coach Devinne as your personal trainer.
PR Strength Personal TrainingPR Strength Personal Training
Abby T.
Elin is EXTREMELY accommodating when it comes to setting up sessions that make you feel comfortable. He is extremely responsive, and makes sure the workout went well. I work with Viki, who is very professional. I have back problems, and she made sure that every workout I did with her was comfortable. She is also very responsive as well. Viki also gets to know you on a personal level which makes me feel very comfortable. I have only worked with Elin Personal Training ONCE and leaving a 5 stars already!
ELIN Fitness Redefined®ELIN Fitness Redefined®
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Elin as my trainer so that I could exceed the Navy PRT. I normally score good or average but I wanted to do better and get at least an excellent so that I could become the commands Assistant Fitness Leader. Well I had 3 weeks to train with Elin and my goal was over exceeded. I maxed out my push ups, sit ups and scored excellent on my run. I was very pleased with my results and Elin's commitment to train me. My schedule is jammed pack and I like that he is very communicative in rescheduling with me and managing his time to meet up with me. He was very professional, genuine and committed to fitness and health. He pushed me and kept me motivated. I would recommend Elin to anyone who is looking for a personal trainer that will get the job done!
ELIN Fitness Redefined®ELIN Fitness Redefined®
Anni F.
Absolutely exceptional in every single way. Elin is without a doubt one of the most positive and supportive coaches. He listened closely to my goals and selected the perfect trainer for me. Trainer Alek is an amazing person who customized a program for me that is challenging, but not overwhelming. Working with Alek is very motivating and he pushes me to work harder to reach my goal in a very subtle way, so that a hard workout still is enjoyable and fun. Every week he emails me a workout summary and an overview of where I’m currently standing in my training. Elin is also tracking my progress and he reaches out every week to check up and see if everything is working out to my satisfaction. Elin and his team are professionals who truly enjoy helping people like me reach their goals. Customer satisfaction is highly regarded and they work with you to accommodate your schedule and budget. I have worked with different trainers and studios in the past, but Elin and his team are taking personal training to a whole new level.
ELIN Fitness Redefined®ELIN Fitness Redefined®
Valerie D.
Eric is a great personal trainer! He is very hands-on: daily check-ins on nutrition (based on customized weekly diet plans), post workouts, etc. - aspects I’ve never received from other PTs. I would recommend him ten times over, especially to individuals starting from point zero when it comes to exercising/losing weight/eating better.
Eric RamiaEric Ramia
Mekaila M.
Just finished my 3rd session with Howard and I am so happy! Howard is really supportive, extremely knowledgeable, always on time, and very flexible with my schedule! You can tell he has a commitment to help you achieve your goals. I am working on rehabilitation of my knees and toning my body. He knows what is too much on me and what will challenge me enough. I plan to continue to work with Howard at least until I have reached both of my goals. I highly recommend him as a personal trainer! Very professional and an incredible trainer! Excited to continue working with him!
Iron Syndicate LlcIron Syndicate Llc
Thumbtack Customer
I decided to look for a personal trainer because I kept running into some joint injuries in the gym, and figured that I was using incorrect form. Because of this, finding someone who greatly valued form over general exhaustion was pretty important to me. Elin and Kris both know exactly what they're doing and I'm unlearning methods I used to use in the gym that were actually destructive rather than beneficial.
ELIN Fitness Redefined®ELIN Fitness Redefined®
Michael P.
I've been training for the most of my life, from swimming, to various types of Martial Arts. I've been very serious with Jiu Jitzu for the last couple of years, until I injured myself. I had a hernia surgery and was recently cleared to workout again. I knew I needed some more professional help, I reached out to ELIN Personal Training Redefined, because they had awesome success stories and reviews, but most importantly the founder looked like he's the real deal - a real athlete and a very knowledgeable person. I decided to give them a try. I received immediate response to my request, I spoke personally to Elin, who was extremely professional and focused on my goals, as well as passionate to help me. He listened carefully and suggested that I trained with one of their trainers - Troy. During our first session Troy walked me through the steps of their system 4STM 4 Seasons Training Method and explained the meaning behind every move. As a result now I have a great plan and am excited to continue working with them after I fully recover. Hands down the best attention I've ever received from a coach. Those people really care and made me feel like family.
ELIN Fitness Redefined®ELIN Fitness Redefined®
James D.
Elin designed a creative program to help my 9 year old son prepare for his martial arts tournaments. My son definitely made improvements in his strength, agility and stamina. Elin was also able to fine tune his kicking and blocking skills since he has experience in various self defense/fighting skills. Elin is quick to respond to emails/text/calls and has tremendous knowledge in the art of exercise, bodybuilding and nutrition. I highly recommend Elin and his team for anyone looking for a professional personal trainer.
ELIN Fitness Redefined®ELIN Fitness Redefined®
Francis S.
When looking for a personal trainer, it struck me exactly how hard it is to find quality in any service. Most people are bad at most things, and people that take their work seriously are rare. I signed up for some classes with a trainer at my gym. Paid a reasonable amount. Got terrible advice and hurt myself. The trainer was probably trying his best but just didn't have the experience or knowledge to help me learn correctly. I was afraid to make a more serious financial commitment with no guarantee that I'd get better results... but I tried out ELIN, and I'm glad I did. I got a phone call from Elin and was immediately impressed with his knowledge and his ability to communicate effectively about critical aspects of getting in shape. It was clear this was a no-bs trainer that was interested in actually providing training rather than tricking me into paying an exorbitant price and then phoning it in. I began sessions with a trainer named Kris. Kris had the body to indicate that he knows how to work out, but that isn't always enough. You have to be an effective teacher as well. It turns out Kris has an excellent eye for form and was able to explain, over the course of our sessions, specific issues with my body that needed to be addressed. He found exercises that addressed those issues, and if I had difficulty with that exercise, he found a new one that worked better. He strikes an excellent balance between fixing form and letting you get on with the workout, neither constantly interrupting you nor letting you do useless reps. He was also able to explain and demonstrate over time the importance of the less glamorous parts of the workout, such as stretching and SMR, which all of us "know" are important but which we never really accept as crucial. In short, all of my expectations for hiring a professional trainer were met. These guys don't screw around. If you're serious, hire ELIN.
ELIN Fitness Redefined®ELIN Fitness Redefined®
Thumbtack Customer
I have been working out with Grady for about 3 months now and couldn't be happier with my decision to choose him as my trainer. He keeps my workouts challenging, fun, and different...never boring. He somehow knows just how hard to push me without overdoing it, but also while helping me to prove to myself that I can handle much more than I initially thought I could... and that is an amazing feeling! I always leave my sessions feeling awesome from getting such a great workout. Grady is fun to train with and very personable, but don't let his easy going and fun loving attitude fool you. He is there to give you a kick-butt workout, which he delivers on 110%. Initially I had only planned to meet with him twice a week, but quickly changed my mind and signed up to meet three times a week. If I was able to, I'd sign up to work out with him even more often. I always look forward to my next workout and can't wait to see what he has in store for me the next time around. In these 3 short months I can definitely feel the positive changes in my body and even better I can see them too! Since meeting and working with Grady I feel that I have made a major positive change in my life and plan to continue on with him even after I reach the personal goals I have set for myself. Grady is a great personal trainer. It is not only his expertise and his ability to help you achieve your personal goals, but he has also been very flexible and has always done his very best to accommodate my ever-changing schedule as much as he possibly can. He is an all around great human being. I can guarantee you that if you have the opportunity to work with him that you will not be disappointed!
Jaymi P.
I've been working with Dimitar since November, 2017. I would like to start by saying that since day 1, he has been responsive and highly professional. He is punctual, reliable and is 100% plugged in during our workouts. I've never been much of a weights girl (more running, cycling, etc..) but he identified a good base point for me and has steadily been pushing me to challenge myself. I am definitely stronger than I've ever been and am looking forward to seeing where I am 3 months from now (it is very rewarding to flex in the mirror and actually see muscles!). He is also very knowledgeable in the area of diet and nutrition and how it affects not only your desired results but your overall well being. I would highly recommend FitSculptors for your personal training needs.
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