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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. 

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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 Richmond personal trainers
Olya P.
Best personal trainer!!
RVA Life FitnessRVA Life Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
Love Glatter Fitness. The boot camp style program with small group classes is perfect. The trainers are all fantastic and motivating. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants personalized training without the high cost of a personal trainer.
Glatter FitnessGlatter Fitness
Shannon W.
I love Mia!! She as an excellent personal trainer. She was very professional and personable. Mia was also very accommodating, being that I have two small children. She adjusted workouts to suit my needs and abilities. She was very supportive and encouraging. I would definitely recommend her as a personal trainer!
Fit Life RVAFit Life RVA
Alyssa G.
I highly recommend Deep as a personal trainer. I've been working with him for about 2 weeks and have already seen results!
William G.
There is a reason this guy has so many 5 star reviews. If you're looking for a personal trainer, I highly recommend you reach out to Deep.
Alex S.
Do yourself a favor and try Deep’s personal trainer/coaching; he has help me to overcome plateaus and to improve technique. Very professional and knowledgeable. Thanks Deep!
Hiba E.
Great experience and well rounded personal training. Not just exercise but also follows diet and lifestyle. Very professional, pushes you hard and results are quick. Was a great experience.
Regina N.
Deep is a fantastic personal trainer who helped me develop an individual personal training plan and dieting strategy. He taught me the core concepts of fitness and nutrition. His style is warm and personable. He challenges you to achieve your fitness goals with a balanced approach, both pushing you to succeed, yet patient with the process. He listens well to your needs and is both educational and supportive. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to lead a healthy lifestyle!
Britany M.
They respond vary fast, are open to working with you around your schedule and money situations. They are very dedicated to making it a successful personal training relationship and help you and encourage you every step of the way.
X-Factor Athletic PerformanceX-Factor Athletic Performance
Amber A.
Online Personal Training with Deep has been a great experience. He’s helped me to achieve some body goals that I never thought I’d see again! I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to get on the right track to health. Thanks again!
Andres C.
I came in with a 30 day plan to get as ripped as possible and now being 2 weeks in I’m glad I chose Deep, Deep is the first personal trainer that I worked with who has encouraged me to not loose sight of my long term goal. It’s very easy to loose motivation but Deep keeps me motivated to keep pushing forward and to not give up. My entire purpose for hiring a personal trainer was too see results that I couldn’t get on my own, and that’s exactly what I started seeing since working with Deep. If your looking for help to get your ideal body Deep is the person you need to talk too.
Brian J.
If you are looking for a personal trainer look no further than Deep! I was really nervous about beginning to do strength training and exercise and he has really motivated me! He really cares about the client and it's not just about making money for him. He offers guidance and insight on how to stay motivated and he is very personable both in and outside of the gym. I feel as if I can reach out to him at any time and he will respond with a caring attitude. By the way I lost 5 lbs in the first week.
Thumbtack Customer
My son receives services from RVA Life Fitness. He seems to enjoy the routines, mentoring, advice, nutritional awareness and is always willing to share tips and techniques that makes him feel positive. I live in the Hampton Roads and in a few weeks I will see my son and from all of our phone chats he rates RVA Life Fitness as a life saving personal trainer.
RVA Life FitnessRVA Life Fitness
Whitney I.
3 years ago I had a surgery that left me in need of minor physical therapy as well as muscle toning and as a woman gyms can be the worst. I found Baldeep to be the most reputable personal trainer in my area and after our sessions I learned why! He's prompt to respond, accommodating to any personal needs, very encouraging, and he thoroughly explains the intention behind each exercise so that you're also learning in the process. I travel a lot and he was able to help me remain consistent in achieving my fitness through a scheduled check-in. if I would recommend Baldeep to anyone who wants to get their full money's worth and more!
Meredith B.
Let me tell you about Dylan Harvey..... Before this experience, I had been talking myself into personal training for at least 10 years. I have had a couple trainers and they were not a good fit. I didn’t feel comfortable. I was being taken from a 0 to 100 on exercise day one and it was too much pressure, VERY hard on my joints and knee caps, and I wasn’t given any time of push or motivation to come back and succeed. When I hired Dylan Harvey with X Factor, all of stigmas I had about personal training flew right out of the window. Dylan is a hidden gem in this industry. Once everyone catches on, I’m in trouble. He is professional, encouraging, humble, motivating, kind, and extremely knowledgeable. Though kind and motivating are great qualities, the biggest one for me is knowledge. Dylan doesn’t just show you, he explains and gives logical reasoning for everything he has you do. He creates personalized plans, helps you set goals, and gets you excited to reach them. I made the greatest decision for my health hiring Dylan . Everyone has that “one teacher” in grade school that gave them a new outlook and perspective on something not enjoyable. Dylan has single handedly allowed me to take back my health and enjoy the process of doing so. Highly recommended.
X-Factor Athletic PerformanceX-Factor Athletic Performance
Megan O.
Xavier has been a godsend when it comes to motivating me to exercise during this pandemic, and has been the best personal trainer I have ever experienced — no exaggeration here!!! The last one I had did not listen to me when I said I had chronic pain from arthritis and a neck and back injury from a car crash. Needless to say that ended in me being out of commission for 3 months!! Xavier, however, listened to me during our initial meeting and ongoing throughout each session, and would tailor the exercises based off of my chronic pain and injuries. If you have limitations (or even if you don’t) I highly recommend going with Xavier. He is HANDS DOWN the best!
Coach Xavier - Daily Human Performance SpecialistCoach Xavier - Daily Human Performance Specialist
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