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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


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.

How much do first aid courses cost?

First aid training courses vary in cost depending on what’s included, from basic first aid to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to pediatric CPR, as well as the length of the class and who’s offering them. The national average cost for an in-person CPR and first aid class is $50-$75 per person. An informational CPR training costs less than one that leads to first aid training certification. For example, a two-hour course that trains you to administer CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) costs an average of $35 per person; an employer may book the same class for a group of at least eight students for an average of $280. A four-hour CRP and AED training costs an average of $45 per person and $360 for at least eight people. Some companies offer add-on training to their CPR and AED classes, such as $5 per student to learn infant CPR, $15 each for oxygen administration training, and $15 each for bloodborne pathogen training. A first aid certificate is valid for two years.

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.

Reviews for Greensboro trainers
Bret R.
Excellent trainer. Highly recommend Kevin!
Strong Under ConstructionStrong Under Construction
Ronnie W.
Konner is the best trainer. Communication of every thing we did made it easy for me to understand. He is very personable and make u feel like you can do anything in the gym. I’m a beginner and the progress is unreal. If you looking for a trainer he is one. He will be with you every step of the way.
Koach Konner’s Personal TrainingKoach Konner’s Personal Training
Amanda H.
Nate is excellent with communication, is informative, and incredibly helpful. Easy to work with and sets realistic expectations. A great non judgmental trainer.
Practical FitnessPractical Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
Most days I'm excited to workout until I get there! I've lost 16 pounds, 10 of it fat! Rudy is a great trainer, pushes me even when I tell him to shut up! If you're looking for a personal trainer who's going to take the time to help you get to know your body pick Rudy. Anybody else and you're wasting your money.
E&A BodiesE&A Bodies
Tina g.
I had a great experience so far. He is very professional, and knowledgeable about training and nutrition. The location is great, and as soon as you walk in you’re motivated to begin your workout!
The Winners CircleThe Winners Circle
Reginald M.
Konner is very knowledgeable in the disciplines of exercise, weight lifting, and strength building. Just begin training with konner, so it's too soon to speak on results, however, depending on whether results are made will determine recommendation.
Koach Konner’s Personal TrainingKoach Konner’s Personal Training
Tysun H.
Arlene is just amazing!! Super supportive, responsive and puts you to work! She's great with working with your physical needs and fully coaches you through the training and the process. Also she's a sweetheart :) I highly recommend!
Mitchell Twins, IncMitchell Twins, Inc
Kiersten S.
My experience with Tomboi Fitness and Wellness was amazing. Shai is an amazing trainer and she pushes you to do your best. Along with her training is an amazing personality. She cares about your health and you as a person. I started because I wanted to gain muscle and tone up. I only worked with Shai for about 3 months, but I can definitely see an improvement in my strength. Not only does Shai provide workouts, she also provides you with meal plans. I am now, consistently, eating better than I ever have. Thank you, Tomboi Fitness and Wellness!
TomboiFitness & WellnessTomboiFitness & Wellness
Tamara D.
Chanel is an awesome and motivating trainer. She is exceptionally flexible with workout times. She pushes and motivates you at an appropriate pace, in addition to keeping your goals in mind. She educates you as you perform the exercises and she shows you proper techniques. She is certainly well worth the investment to a better and healthier you!
Channel Your Inner BeastChannel Your Inner Beast
Traci M.
Channel is a wonderful personal trainer. I enlisted her services because I have arthritis and had several surgeries on my right leg. I lost a lot of flexibility and movement,. It have been only a week and I have notice a lot more flexibility in my movements and having less inflammation in my joints.
Channel Your Inner BeastChannel Your Inner Beast
Thumbtack Customer
MAXFIT! Kris and everyone here are fantastic people to work with and deserve every bit of a 5 star rating! If you are someone who is looking to get in shape, lose weight, get stronger, or whatever. This is the place! Kris is an all around great trainer and works hard with everyone. He has a unique personality and a very real love for his work. He's not in it for anything else except to see that every person he works with reaches their MAX potential. The workouts will be hard, you will most likely hurt the next day, and you will sweat A LOT! But it will be worth it. Kris isn't the reason why this place is so great. The phacility itself is pristine 👌 and always has an upbeat vibe. The people who come here also make Maxfit very special because they all know what it's like to have the desire to be better and be healthy. It is a judgement free zone and that is something that I really appreciate. I hope this review was helpful for anyone who is looking for a trainer who actually cares!
Maxfit Personal TrainingMaxfit Personal Training
Lauren G.
John is great! I’ve been training with him since May 1st and have no plans on ending our sessions anytime soon. He’s not only professional and great at what he does but he’s encouraging and believes in YOU even when you don’t believe in yourself. Every single workout is challenging, and we never do the same workout twice. I’ve become a better version of myself and I feel empowered every time I leave our workouts. Outside of our sessions, he provides you with a strict meal plan and daily workouts. If you follow the proc
Energy Dynamic TrainingEnergy Dynamic Training
Thumbtack Customer
I just started in the beginning of June and already I am accomplishing my goals…I feel like I have more energy and looking slimmer/more toned. Kris’ approach to reaching my goals includes cardio, strength training and diet. Kris has an excellent understanding of how the human body works and readily shares it….I like knowing what I am doing and what the benefit is. His personal touch brings a light heartedness to the workout but he is always encouraging you to do your best and to push yourself as much as you can to get the MAXimum benefit. And he is pretty funny too! The Maxfit studio is very clean. And everyone is so friendly……I do truly look forward to my workouts because the environment is awesome.
Maxfit Personal TrainingMaxfit Personal Training
Sierra R.
Kyle gave me the same workout and no ab day at all. I asked him about it and all he said was no ab day. I’ve only had leg and arm days. I did the workouts and trusting his say so and even doing the workouts I barely felt anything like I wasn’t sweating or feeling sore like I should. His refund policy doesn’t make sense at all. So even if you “cancel” or just want a refund he’s still Profiting regardless. I honestly thought he would be a great trainer and that if I communicated with him about situations that happens in life ( stuff happens) maybe he can be a little Lenient but I was wrong and I feel like I got scammed and I honestly feel bad, so with all this being said if you want waste your money by all means go ahead but either way he’s still getting it Weather you like it or not.
Kyle Gainey FitnessKyle Gainey Fitness
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