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What is CPR training?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (better known as CPR) is a lifesaving manual technique that pumps oxygenated blood back into the body’s organs if someone’s heart or breathing has stopped. A variety of CPR training is available to community members, employees and healthcare providers. CPR training may last two to five hours or more, depending on the content and the target audience. During the training, students will learn how to recognize and respond to an emergency situation. There are different CPR techniques for adults and children, but with both you will learn how to determine whether the person is conscious before administering chest compression. During the training you’ll learn chest compression techniques for adults and different techniques for children between the ages of 1 and 8. Students learn how to properly administer chest compressions, when the technique is appropriate and when it is not, and how long you must perform rescue measures. Students also learn what an automatic external defibrillator (AED) is and how to use it if necessary to shock a patient before administering CPR chest compressions.

How do I become CPR and first aid certified?

You can earn CPR training and receive first aid certification in a number of ways. Choose an online course to learn the materials remotely and then find a testing location to complete the certification process with an in-person demonstration of your knowledge and skills. Encourage your workplace to host a first aid and CPR training so employees can learn what to do in case of a workplace emergency and how to respond with lifesaving techniques. You may also be able to take a CPR or first aid class in your community. A basic CPR training may run four to five hours. After receiving CPR training, you’ll know how to respond if an adult or a child goes into cardiac arrest or stops breathing. You’ll learn how to use chest compressions to keep blood pumping to a person’s organs, which can keep them alive until an emergency responder can arrive. First aid and CPR training can also include education about how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

What is first aid training?

With first aid training, you may be able to help save a life. First aid training can teach people who are not medical professionals how to help a sick or injured person in crisis before an ambulance arrives on the scene. Most commonly, first aid training helps teach you how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

First aid training can teach you how to respond in a variety of emergency situations, including:

  • Asthma attack
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Burns
  • Choking
  • Diabetic emergencies
  • External bleeding
  • Heart attack
  • Poisoning
  • Neck, head or back injury
  • Stroke
  • Seizure

First aid training classes may be offered by professionals who are affiliated with the Red Cross, which offers online, in-person, and blended training classes. First aid classes are also often offered through local recreation centers, city services, schools, hospitals and private companies.  

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.

What do you learn in a first aid course?

First aid training gives you a variety of lifesaving skills for responding to many different emergency situations. In a first aid course you’ll learn about how to examine someone who’s been hurt, how to use a defibrillator, how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and how to control bleeding and trauma. Some courses include pediatric first aid as well as adult first aid; helping a choking infant, for example, is different from helping a choking adult. Although you can take CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) courses separately, most first aid training includes both.

In a first aid course you’ll also learn how to respond to:

  • Wounds, including punctures, cuts and hemorrhages
  • Heart attacks, chest pain and respiratory arrest
  • Bone fractures, sprains and torn muscles
  • First-, second- and third-degree burns
  • Poisoning
  • Choking
  • Bites and stings
  • Hypothermia or frostbite
  • Shock and seizures


What can you do with a first aid certificate?

People with a first aid certificate are trained to respond quickly and appropriately in life-threatening situations. Although a first aid certificate alone isn’t enough to secure a job, it can make you more attractive to certain types of potential employers. When you have a first aid certificate, you’ve proved that you know how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), use an automated external defibrillator (AED), and handle emergency situations like choking, heavy bleeding, a heart attack or stroke, or anaphylaxis. Most parents prefer babysitters and lifeguards with first aid certification. Many professionals, especially those who work with children, are required to have first aid training, including teachers, coaches, counselors and therapists, firefighters, and social workers. In addition to adult and pediatric first aid plus CPR and AED courses, you can take first aid training specifically designed for babysitting and child care, for health care settings, and for swimming and water safety situations..

How do you get your first aid certificate?

To get your first aid certificate, you must take a first aid training course designed for certification. Certified training professionals offer courses to employers, schools or other groups. For an in-person training, you may go to a training location such as a Red Cross classroom, or a professional first aid and CPR trainer can come to you or your office. Most first aid training courses take three to five hours or more, which prepares you to take the first aid certification test. To boost your chances, you can take online practice tests or review study guides. Once you pass the first aid exam, an official digital certificate is emailed to you. You can also have a wallet card or printed certificate sent to you.

How long is your CPR certification good for?

In general, CPR training sessions and certifications are good for two years. After that, you must recertify to ensure you are up to date on the latest information and techniques. CPR is a lifesaving skill for a community member, employee or healthcare provider to know, as it enables you to respond appropriately if someone goes into cardiac arrest or stops breathing. In a CPR training, students learn compression techniques to keep blood flowing to the body’s organs if a person’s heart has suddenly stopped or they have stopped breathing. This action can keep a person alive until an emergency responder can arrive on the scene and can effectively save a life.

The American Red Cross explains that re-certification is important, because people start to forget information just a few months after taking a training. The American Red Cross recommends you keep your skills fresh by reviewing free, online materials or downloading their free, mobile app to keep abreast of CPR information and news. Re-certification courses are shorter than first-time CPR training. Your renewed CPR certification will be good for another two years.

How much does it cost to get CPR and first aid certified?

First aid and CPR trainings are available to individuals who want to learn how to respond in case of an emergency and for healthcare providers who need to renew their certification. Typically, CPR certifications are current for two years. Here are some examples of average CPR and first aid training costs:

  • Open enrollment training: $45 for an in-person American Heart Association Basic Life Support Healthcare Provider CPR Training and Certification.
    • Additional $15 for online or hard copy student manual.
  • Online trainings: $45 for the American Safety and Health Institute Blended First Aid training.
    • The student will still be required to meet a CPR trainer in person to receive their final certification.
  • Worksite trainings:
    • $35: per employee for basic ASHI CPR AED training course (focus on CPR, 2-hour course).
      • $280: Minimum fee for an instructor to appear (at least 8 students or minimum fee).
    • $45: Per employee for an ASHI First Aid CPR AED training course (includes response strategies for most emergencies, 4-hour course).
      • $360: Minimum fee for an instructor to appear (at least 8 students or minimum fee).
  • Class extensions: Pricing varies depending on the additional emergency training requested. For example, for the ASHI First Aid AED CPR training course cited above, the host company might charge an additional:
    • $5: Per student for infant CPR training.
    • $15: Per student for oxygen administration training (add 30 minutes).
    • $15: Per student for bloodborne pathogen training (add 30 minutes).
  • Materials: CPR and first aid training courses may have additional fees for hard copies of manuals. Example of additional materials costs:
    • $10: Per hard copy of class manual (otherwise available online) for First Aid AED CPR group trainings.

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 Overland Park trainers
Michelle L.
Great trainer
Thumbtack Customer
Have been training with him for a couple of months now already getting results. Very efficient trainer :D
Dhruv SinghDhruv Singh
Monisha I.
David is excellent. Great work ethics. Keeps me motivated and helped me lose 7 pounds so far. Started working with him in May. He is extremely professional and a fun trainer. I made the right decision to have him as a trainer. My husband and I both train with him. I always had personal trainers in the past but he is one of the best I have had!
inspireDHealth LLCinspireDHealth LLC
Amy L.
I am extremely pleased with my CPR/First Aid training. Ursa was very thorough and the price was great! Will definitely be calling again for any additional training. Thanks!
Scott Investigations & TrainingScott Investigations & Training
Thumbtack Customer
I would recommend Sarah to anyone looking for a great trainer! I have worked out with numerous trainers in the past. I found Sarah to be really well trained and thoughtful about the workout she builds. Better than any trainer I've had in the past, Sarah is careful to work you (hard) in ways that both avoid injury or work around a current injury (if you have one). Bonus - she'll write you workout routines for off days, if you wish!
TrainKC, LLCTrainKC, LLC
Jessica S.
Great experience, you can't go wrong choosing Chad as your trainer!
Thumbtack Customer
Great training experience! Look forward to the friendly gym environment and challenging workout every week!
Inspire FitInspire Fit
David G.
Pat is responsive to my personal training goals. His holds me accountable and attentive to these goals. The training price to value is excellent. The Studio, though small, offers great equipment all clean and in working order, shower and lockers. The environment is private, comfortable and relaxing to allow your undivided attention to focus on your training goals. There are no hidden or membership fees. You schedule your training directly with the trainer. Pat is flexible and has the ability to schedule around your personal active life. I have worked with Pat over 3 years weekly and he has been apart of my success keeping with my program and transforming my body, a life long goal. He holds you accountable. With his experience your will see great gains as he pushes your limits to safe maximum levels. This studio is the best private studio in Johnson Co. Kansas. Come check it out!
Patrick Flinn  Personal Trainer/ Bootcamp/GroupPatrick Flinn Personal Trainer/ Bootcamp/Group
Nikhita Y.
Would definitely recommend Taylor. If I had to pick someone as my personal Trainer again it would be Taylor.
Train with TaylorTrain with Taylor
Thumbtack Customer
Designs workouts to help meet your goals and schedule. Choosing him as my personal trainer was one of the best decisions I have made.
Fitness UnlimitedFitness Unlimited
Keval S.
Dhruv is dedicated and focused guy. In my 1st meeting with him, I was surprised to see someone who was interested in asking questions about me instead of showing packages and enrolling me for the fitness training. he has a very logical thought process, he understands the pain of 'being out of shape' and provides training in a very practical / custom training routine that helps motivate you to get up and work hard. Constantly pushes the envelope. He enjoys transforming people's priorities around eating and exercise, he believes in healthy living. he enjoys football and I can truly call up on him as a 'friend'. Highly Professional !!!!
Dhruv SinghDhruv Singh
Thumbtack Customer
Nick ROCKS. There's no other way to say it! :-). Not only does he really know what he's doing, he's fun and makes training sessions challenging and enjoyable! I have very high standards for a personal trainer, and Nick meets them all. I couldn't be happier with how he is helping me get back to the top of my strength and fitness potential! Thanks, Nick!
Inspire FitInspire Fit
Thumbtack Customer
I've just been working with Ken a short while but already look forward to the next training session each time. He challenges me and also adapts the workout around my specific needs as well as limitations. He is professional and makes the best use of our time together -- gets down to business so I get the best training time possible. I am already seeing positive results!
Kenneth BlachlyKenneth Blachly
Thumbtack Customer
Chad is the best trainer that I ever came across.He understands clients requirements and comes up with workout sessions based on clients body flexibility. If want to get fit and feel great about Chad is the go to guy.
Michala W.
I would highly recommend Bob to anyone who is looking to find a personal trainer. I have had several personal trainers and Bob has been the best. He knows how to give you a great workout and pushes you to excel but nothing you can't handle. Bob has a wonderful approach when working with his clients. He not only includes the physical part but the whole body. Bob makes sure you are doing well in other areas of your life like emotionally and mentally. He knows if you are struggling in other areas of your life it can affect your workouts and nutrition. I have anxiety and Bob is always there to talk it out with me during my warmup if I need. I also struggle with emotional eating and Bob has never made me feel shame for that. We count the tiny wins/choices I make and just keep trying to improve each day. Whether you have had a personal trainer before or if this is your first time, Bob will be there to help and support you. He will personalize your workouts and nutrition to your needs. I highly recommend Bob as a personal trainer!!
Vaughan Fitness, LLC.Vaughan Fitness, LLC.
Michael B.
My personal trainer David is the absolute best . He's extreme knowledgable and very personal as well as professional and my fitness life has drastically changed in a positive way because of him . I do not know what I would do without him.
inspireDHealth LLCinspireDHealth LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I have been working with Chad for a few months now. I have found him to be an excellent trainer. He is knowledgeable and effective. My flexibility has greatly improved. I have a hectic schedule and he has been able to work me. I highly recommend him.
Thumbtack Customer
I came to Chad after two years of running almost daily and feeling frustrated that my fitness had plateaued. I knew I needed to add resistance training to my routine, but was hesitant to do it on my own and unwilling to pay for a gym membership just to have the privilege of then also paying for a personal trainer. Chad was the perfect answer to all those problems. He has customized my training every session to keep things interesting and challenge me. Like most adult women, I have struggled with disordered eating habits, and Chad really helped me with that by making me focus on getting enough fiber and protein. Thanks to Chad's guidance, my nutrition has improved a lot, I'm drinking more water, I feel stronger and healthier than I ever have in my life, and I think I look better than I ever have, too. Chad has a great personality and it's easy to stay engaged, motivated, and accountable while working with him. I can't recommend him highly enough!
Jack M.
Overall, David provides a fantastic experience. He truly cares about the clients he works with and will go above and beyond to make sure you are taken care of to the fullest extent. He doesn't have a one size fits all approach as many trainers unfortunately do. He'll build workouts and a plan to fit your body, lifestyle, and goals. Highly recommend!
inspireDHealth LLCinspireDHealth LLC
Cordell T.
I could not have asked for a better experience with a personal trainer. Travis made getting back into a workout routine simple as I looked forward to each and every session with him. He truly cares about your goals and pushes you to be the best version of yourself. Unfortunately, my schedule changed so I could no longer workout with Travis, but he catered a workout regimen just for me and continually follows up to make sure I’m doing well and beating my goals. 10/10 would recommend
Travis Venniro Revival PT LLC (Leawood area)Travis Venniro Revival PT LLC (Leawood area)
Thumbtack Customer
I started out super fluffy and out of shape. After 2 months, I'm now only sort of fluffy and almost have the strength and endurance I did when I was a teenager. I feel amazing. Ken pushes me to the very edge of my ability, and just when I start settling in and getting comfortable, he switches it up and pushes me to the next level. There's no way I could have achieved this on my own. He is personable, down to earth, and non-judemental...all very important to me. I've never hired a personal trainer before, but I can't imagine it going any better. If I had it my way, I'd hire Ken for the rest of my adult life.
Kenneth BlachlyKenneth Blachly
Thumbtack Customer
If you want to have a stronger, sculpted, and healthy body USE JOE! I was super motivated to get back in shape to look great for my daughters wedding so I decided to hire a personal trainer. I interviewed several but, chose Joe because he had the fitness knowledge and training I was looking for. I also loved the Fit Studios' private, professional and clean environment. For starters, I committed to working out 3 days a week with Joe for an extended period of time prior to the wedding. I also did other cardio/exercises, he suggested, on my "off workout" days during the week. I ABSOLUTELY got the results I wanted and more! My friends and family at the wedding couldn't quit complimenting me on how great I looked! What a bonus! Before Joe, I hadn't worn shorts for several years because my legs were so out of shape. Now I get compliments on my legs and love to show them off! BTW...I'm a 50+ year old female and I didn't think results like these were possible for me anymore! I'm always impressed with how much Joe is invested in my personal success and how much he knows about getting fit inside and out. Not only has he gotten me back in shape but he's helped me with my nutrition and makes sure I'm taking the correct supplements. He truly cares that I'm getting the results I want. Joe's program works and I'm so much healthier and fit because of him. Yes, it's an investment in time and money but for me it is time and money WELL SPENT!!!! If you want to commit to a better NEW YOU, call Joe. He'll make a difference in your life.. I promise. He did mine! Debbie - Overland Park, KS
Personal Trainer at Fit StudioPersonal Trainer at Fit Studio
Thumbtack Customer
I've being working with Ken for the past three months and would very highly recommend him as a personal trainer. Right off the bat, Ken assessed my biggest weakness (balance) and over the span of a few weeks patiently built up my balance so that I was in a good position to move into more challenging exercises. Now, he's working with me in all my goofy awkwardness to make sure that I develop the correct technique while still getting a good sweaty workout. Ken also asks questions and listens. It's very clear he's aware of my fitness goals and completely supports them. He'll keep me on track without being intrusive (or judgmental) by asking important questions like "Did you do cardio today?" and "How's your food intake been?" More importantly, he's consistent with asking me how I feel every session and then modifies the workout to make sure I don't overtax any muscle groups or injure myself. And Guess what! I'm seeing amazing results! Better yet - people are noticing!! Since I starting working with Ken, my body fat has decreased by 4.73% and I've dropped 30 pounds! ... Watch out Little Black Dress - here I come :)
Kenneth BlachlyKenneth Blachly
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