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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 Hampton personal trainers
Thumbtack Customer
I was a little skeptical about getting a personal trainer because I didn't want to pay the money, but I don't regret anything about the training I have received and I look forward to my next training at the end of each training session.
Celestial BodiesCelestial Bodies
This is my first personal training experience and I am very happy with my work out sessions. Walt is awesome!
Celestial BodiesCelestial Bodies
LaVonda W.
Kelsey is a great personal trainer. Very knowledgeable in her field and she gets you results fast! She tailors your training to your goals and is very flexible and accommodating. I highly recommend her if you want to get in shape and start feeling better while on your fitness journey!
Kelsey VFitKelsey VFit
Wayne C.
It's my first time with a personal trainer and from day one, Doug has been pushing me to be the best that i can be! i'm looking forward to working out with him on my fitness journey!
Body by DougBody by Doug
Mister M.
Doug is a great personal trainer, who really knows what he is doing. After only two sessions with him he has shown me a completely different way to improve my own body that I didn't know of. I feel that if you are struggling with results in the gym Doug for sure can teach you a thing or two to get you where you need to be. But you have to be just as dedicated to it as he is, his determination to help is a really great motivator to want to push even harder. Highly recommended by me as your personal trainer of choice.
Body by DougBody by Doug
Tracie R.
To whoever is reading this review I strongly urge you consider giving g your hard earn money to a different personal training organization. I personally had the worse experience of my fitness lifetime with this company. I do not recommend them. I will not be going in to details here for reasons I can not disclose. But I can tell you that I have worked with personal trainers on and off for twenty years in different states and parts of the world and by far this is the WORST experience I had with any organization or company for a professional service. I only wish I would have read ALL the reviews on Thumbtack before I paid thousands of dollars to this company. All the best to you and your fitness goals.
SVETNESS Personal TrainingSVETNESS Personal Training
Thumbtack Customer
Working out can be a drag, but Sanford makes it fun while professional. He dedicates his time and makes sure you work on the areas you want to work on. He motivates you and he believes in you. You may be surprised on what you can actually accomplish while working with him. As my first personal trainer, I'm really glad I'm working with him. He's awesome!
Team Fit4Real Personal TrainingTeam Fit4Real Personal Training
Michelle B.
Kelsey is one of the best trainers I have worked with. Unfortunately thumbtack only lets me choose three highlights when writing reviews, but Kelsey meets and exceeds all of the highlights. Her professionalism and devotion to her clients is very apparent from the moment you reach out to her. Not to mention her personality makes the sessions go by quickly. For someone like me who has lost their desire to workout, Kelsey has motivated me and helped me reach my goals. And that is the best quality to have in a personal trainer. No matter what your level of fitness is, Kelsey will help you meet your goals and set new ones moving forward.
Kelsey VFitKelsey VFit
Thumbtack Customer
I have attempted to do personal trainers in the past but none ever stuck. I meet Yvette & hit it off immediately. She actually works out with you, motivates you, & is stern when needed but not over aggressive. I would recommend her in a fact I have. I already feel stronger & know there's more to come. The best part is her rates are extremely competitive. Best money I've spent on fitness.
Be Relentless FitnessBe Relentless Fitness
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