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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 Madison personal trainers
Shellie b.
Very good value for what you get. I am working with a personal trainer online. He is helping me with both exercise and food.
Wave Fitness and NutritionWave Fitness and Nutrition
Thumbtack Customer
I've been working with Ben for two months and it's been a real pleasure! My body is going through a transformation I've never had in my life. I've gained muscle and lost weight, and also feel stronger inside. Ben is an outstanding personal trainer, as well as a reliable and interesting friend. That is to say, he designed workout sessions with great care and progressed them week by week, while at the same time making each workout fun and enjoyable. I recommend Ben to my friend and she also speaks highly of him. In a nutshell, he's the kinda personal trainer that you hope to work with in a long run.
Urban Jungle Health & FitnessUrban Jungle Health & Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
I have been working with Ben for just under a month now. The results so far are amazing. The first two weeks were really tough to get back into being so active but Ben was patient and adjusted workouts on the fly to fit my needs. I've been progressively feeing stronger and have had higher energy levels and stamina throughout the day. Overall my experience has been great and I would recommend Ben to anyone looking for a personal trainer
Urban Jungle Health & FitnessUrban Jungle Health & Fitness
Yuke H.
Aesthetic Chasers/ Murad is amazing! He did not only help me devised a professional workout plan, but also personalized a practical food & nutrition guide. What I appreciate the most is the confidence Murad help me build for myself, as well as knowing he will make sure it’s safe when I’m pushing my limits to the next level. To give a concrete example, I was squatting with ~40lb weight by myself; but with Murad’s guidance, I made it to 120lb+ this week, that sense of achievement felt amazing! My only regret was that I didn’t start with him earlier. I would highly recommend Murad to anyone who’s interested in working with a great personal trainer!
Aesthetic ChasersAesthetic Chasers
Thumbtack Customer
I have been a member at Pinnacle Health and fitness for 3 months now and have been meeting with one of their personal trainers 3 times a month. She is amazing! She understands that I have old sports injuries that I am still dealing with. She encourages me and pushes me just a little bit harder each time. No two workouts have been the same, I love the variety! Most importantly though, she holds me accountable. I told her what my goals were at the beginning, the two main ones being lose weight and in turn reduce/eliminate joint/foot pain. With this in mind we elvaluate what my foot pain has been since our last session and she has me weigh in each session. These are just two of the things we are tracking. As of right now I have lost 15 lbs since starting at Pinnacle and look forward to continuing my membership. I can't wait to see my progress in the coming months!
Pinnacle Health + FitnessPinnacle Health + Fitness
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