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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 Fairfax personal trainers
Quinn L.
Great personal trainer, very positive and helpful!
Abdul-Rahman H.
I was first hesitant about signing up for a personal trainer but I’m glad I did! Robert gave me the motivation and push I needed to lose 30lbs in 3 months. Highly recommend Fitness Stop.
Fitness Stop LLCFitness Stop LLC
Mary M.
This will be my second week working with Elin Personal Training Redefined. So far I have had an overwhelmingly positive experience. Elin responds very quickly to any question or inquiry that I may have, and the trainer Alek has done a great job during my sessions. I also really appreciate the guidance and advice on nutrition. I would definitely recommend Elin. Thanks!
ELIN Fitness Redefined®ELIN Fitness Redefined®
Michelle X.
I trained with them for a very short period of time a while ago, unfortunately I could not continue training due to a training injury. They were understanding of my injury and did not force me to continue with the training contract after I saw a doctor, which I really appreciated. However, there were also some problems with scheduling times with the personal trainer. During the first meeting, I told them exactly the schedule that I wanted and they promised me that they were flexible and would be able to find a trainer to meet my schedule and fit my needs. In addition, they really push you to do training 3x per week but have limited scheduling capabilities. Like all personal training companies, they use strong pressure sales tactics upfront to get you into a contract, which I don’t blame them for, because it is part of the industry. But, I wish they had told me that there would be scheduling issues upfront. I asked them specifically about this during the initial meeting, knowing that this could have been a potential issue. However, after I got my trainer, they kept telling me they had other clients who wanted the same slots, so they would try but could not fully accommodate and we had to revisit the schedule week by week, bargaining for slots each time. At the time it was Ramadan, so I guess a lot of their older clients wanted to switch their slots until after sundown.
Fitness Stop LLCFitness Stop LLC
Elizabeth A.
I love working out with Mariapaz- I’m feeling so much stronger, and her studio is great for no nonsense getting in shape. I also appreciate how flexible she’s been- once I had to bring my daughter with me and we still managed to get in a great workout. I highly recommend her as a personal trainer!
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Thumbtack Customer
My husband and I worked out with trainer Terry Butler over the course of summer 2016. We had personal training sessions several times a week. My goal was to lose weight and get toned and my husband's goal was to gain weight and strength. Both of our goals were met. I lost 20 pounds and have more definition with less body fat while my husband gained 10 pounds of muscle. Terry always showed up really motivated and was constantly changing up our workouts to keep things interesting.
Fitness Stop LLCFitness Stop LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Kevin to be my personal trainer and everything was fine to start off with except one incident where he forgot our session and never showed up but rescheduled with me after apologizing. We did 14 sessions and I paid for 20 up front. He then informed me he was moving away and I declined driving to Maryland everyday when I lived in VA and didn't feel it was convenient for him to drive to VA everyday so I asked if I could just get a refund for the rest of the sessions so I could try to find a trainer closer to me. He agreed to mail me a refund but that was in January and it is now March. He has yet to respond to any of my messages. My last trainer successfully helped me lose 15 pounds in a month but in 14 sessions with Kevin, I lost maybe 5. Beware of this trainer...there are better out there! Also, he stole $210 from me.
Know CompetitionKnow Competition
Thumbtack Customer
Robert was great! I've had personal trainers before but he's the only one that did a real assessment ahead of working out. This way he was able to tell me very specifically where I'd need to put in the most work to reach my goals. His rates are highly competitive and he worked with my tight schedule to find the best time for me. He's also a really friendly, nice guy. You'll enjoy (at least as much as you can enjoy getting your butt kicked) working with him or his trainers. It's a family owned company so they have a vested interest in excellent customer service.
Fitness Stop LLCFitness Stop LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Garid was my personal trainer, and he was the best Trainer I've had. He has an innate ability to inspire you when you are just ready to give up. He won't allow you to give up on yourself and helps you visualize your success to push you through each workout. Weight loss has been a long journey for me with many ups and downs, but this time I'm in it for the long haul. I've lost 25 lbs with the help of Fitness Stop. Plus Robert and his team are very customer service friendly and work to ensure you have the best experience possible. I recommend them to anyone who is trying to lose weight, and who feels it is t possible for them, without reservation. Hire these guys!
Fitness Stop LLCFitness Stop LLC
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