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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 Cincinnati trainers
Thumbtack Customer
Eric is an eceptional trainer. He has employed a range of exercise modalities in my training and has always been very cognizant of my goals and abilities when designing my personal program. He is not a guy who just got an online personal trainer certificate and decided that's what he was. He has degrees in exercise science and kinesiology and is well educated in how and why to employ training techniques. I highly recommend him as a trainer and a teacher.
Eric Feigl Personal TrainingEric Feigl Personal Training
Thumbtack Customer
Throughout the entire exchange, joe has been the consummate professional. I will update my review after I've had some months of training with him. Joe was the third trainer I interviewed, and I was extremely impressed with the organized and scientific approach he takes to personal training.
Sarah S.
It is an amazing place with wonderful trainers and classes are great.
Rooks FitnessRooks Fitness
Louise H.
Vanoy is an excellent personal trainer. He is knowledgable about fitness and nutrition. He is great at keeping you motivated and teaching strength training exercises that you can do at home.
Personal Care and Personal Training, LLCPersonal Care and Personal Training, LLC
Angela W.
Amazing trainer made me feel at home right away
Elevate Functional FitnessElevate Functional Fitness
Donovan S.
Thoroughly recommend John. He is an exceptional trainer and provides a great workout experience.
Vibe Fitness - LovelandVibe Fitness - Loveland
Sherry T.
Katie is great! She was exactly what I was looking for in a boxing training coach. :-)
Elite Training CincinnatiElite Training Cincinnati
Thumbtack Customer
Fantastic trainers in ALL respects!! Keeps you motivated and determined to make a change for and to yourself!!
Thumbtack Customer
I have enjoyed training with Ashley. She has made the experience fun and provides customized one and one workouts. She also provides insightful nutrional tips. I have had several personal training experiences and NaturallyNati Fitness is the best so far!
NaturallyNati Fitness & Nutrititon LLCNaturallyNati Fitness & Nutrititon LLC
Amanda V.
Vanoy is the best at what he does! His approach to personal training is very individualized to your needs, and what you want to get out of personal training. I’m always sore in all the right places after my workouts, and I feel stronger and more in control of my body. As a dancer, strength training makes it possible for me to feel most comfortable on stage! I love working with Vanoy, and can’t wait to continue progressing with each session!
Personal Care and Personal Training, LLCPersonal Care and Personal Training, LLC
Brandon C.
4th week working with Vanoy and was the right choice. With his expertise in strength training and nutrition I'm already down 12 pounds and counting. Vanoy is always on time and brings something new to the table every session to keep me motivated. Vanoy is great with his 1 on 1 training showing the right techniques when weight lifting to avoid injuries and helping me nutrition to help achieve my goals. I'm Glad I found a real trainer with a wealth of knowledge and experience to help me.
Personal Care and Personal Training, LLCPersonal Care and Personal Training, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I've been working with Eric for several months and I can see great progress. Eric is a good listener and manages the personal training plan based on your goals and objectives. Mission 5 is neat and clean and rarely crowded plus a great, central location. I interviewed many personal trainers in the greater Cincinnati area and I am glad I found Eric. I strongly recommend Eric to anyone who is looking for a top notch trainer that understands nutrition, your boundaries, goals and objectives.
Eric Feigl Personal TrainingEric Feigl Personal Training
Aharon B.
Working with Jordan I receive the highest quality of professionalism in my training. He initially gave me a fitness assessment and after describing my desired goals, he was immediately able to discern an appropriate training regiment. I have already begun to see results in my physique and overall health.
T.W.J Academy  (in Fairfield )T.W.J Academy (in Fairfield )
Vicky D.
My recent and initial experience with Vanoy has been wonderful! He is a certified personal trainer who listens and who is genuinely concerned about the well being of his clients. If your looking for a personal trainer to help you obtain your fitness goals in a correct and an healthy way with results! Look no further!
Personal Care and Personal Training, LLCPersonal Care and Personal Training, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Facility is small, not overwhelming. Felt very comfortable. Liked the trainer, Aaron. Pace was perfect. Large variety of machines. Really like no contract and being able to use the cardio machines on days not training at no extra cost. Also liked that it wasn't a "meat market". All ages were there. Never felt rushed but the hour flew by.
Parker FitnessParker Fitness
Shane J.
Noah is just an amazing trainer and person. Very focused on you and your goals. Very happy with my choice here!
Noah LeCount Personal TrainingNoah LeCount Personal Training
Cameron S.
Just started training with Noah and it's helping me stay focused and make significant progress - more than ever before!
Noah LeCount Personal TrainingNoah LeCount Personal Training
Catherine R.
Vanoy did a fitness assessment and got me started as his private training customer. I have done a lot of movement training over the decades, dance, weights, yoga, pilates, boot camps and more. Some how work, with getting older, always distracts me. I trust Vanoy to get me refocused and on the road to a fitter me.
Personal Care and Personal Training, LLCPersonal Care and Personal Training, LLC
Mindy G.
Great trainer! Exceptionally motivational - I never thought I would be one to wake up for 5AM workouts and actually look forward to it.
Parker FitnessParker Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
Joe and Brad are awesome; they work with your schedule to the best of their capabilities, and they are really knowledgable about training. They are great at communicating what it takes on both our parts to achieve my goal, and they hold you to it! The accountability, combined with trust and their abilities to be so personable with me is what lead me to choose them. I fully trust my trainer and love working with him!
Jaime K.
Steve is an awesome trainer! He pushes me when I need it, but also explains the moves that way I can learn instead of just doing them.
Savannah S.
Great trainer! Tara pushes you in the gym and constantly motivating you! She is very down to earth and truly wants to help you reach your goals!
Tara L. Smith Fitness and Nutrition CounselingTara L. Smith Fitness and Nutrition Counseling
Thumbtack Customer
I started with Strong Fit just 3 months before my wedding and the results were amazing! I was in the best shape of my life for my wedding & honeymoon. Marko was my trainer and he was fantastic. I worked out 3x / week and he always kept the sessions fun and interesting. Always something different and new. Marko is definitely an expert and designs training sessions to achieve the results you're looking for - I wanted to tone & trim and we did just that! He's also just very fun & friendly which made the sessions go by quickly. I've never been someone who works out regularly, so I was nervous to get started with a personal trainer - but StrongFit turned out to be an awesome place with a very comfortable environment. A small facility with all brand new equipment makes it a great place for a "non-gym" person. If you're considering a personal trainer, I HIGHLY recommend the crew from StrongFit!!! Your body will thank you :)
Thumbtack Customer
Jill is an excellent trainer--personable, very accommodating, and excellent at motivating clients to do their personal best. She will work w/you to meet all of your fitness needs.
Evolution FitnessEvolution Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
I am so glad I found thumbtack. I had no idea where to go to find a personal trainer and I met with one today. Just a wonderful experience.
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