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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 Columbus trainers
Rick P.
Excellent training. Very personal and personable trainer who is focused on education, development and success. Pushes you to your limit but not past. Will recommend to EVERYONE!
Built By BlumBuilt By Blum
Thumbtack Customer
Eric is a great trainer. Keeps the workouts at a level to where they are challenging but doable. I would recommend Eric to anyone looking for a personal trainer in the Columbus area.
Miller Functional FitnessMiller Functional Fitness
Samuel V.
Excellent trainer! Really commits to his clients!
Your Body Your Choice Workout LLCYour Body Your Choice Workout LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I was looking for guidance and a training plan tailored to my current level of fitness and limitations. Jennifer is a smart, disciplined and a caring instructor. Look forward to more training sessions with her.
Resolve FitnessResolve Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
I like training with Moe Williams there, the gym-not so much
Moe FitnessMoe Fitness
Morgan D.
I love working with Cathy! She is such a great trainer and motivator. I am looking forward to continuing my sessions with her and excited to see all my progress with her help! Highly recommend training with her!
Victory Personal TrainingVictory Personal Training
Ty D.
He is an understanding trainer, great and nice attitude. pushes and believes in his clients
The Sergeant Fit PitThe Sergeant Fit Pit
Thumbtack Customer
Had a great initial consultation with Troy, and he we'll understood what I was looking for. He paired me with a great trainer (who was a baseballer like myself) who was very supportive and challenged me during my workouts. If I had a few more dollars, I'd definitely consider a membership! Thanks, Troy (and my trainer Jake) for a positive experience. Hope to come back and train with you again in the future.
Ultimate U Total HealthUltimate U Total Health
Letitia W.
Awesome, very professional, knowledgeable, and affordable. I look forward to my training sessions.
Blue Collar GrindBlue Collar Grind
Nader M.
Excellent trainer, punctual and works around a client's schedule It has been a great experience so far
Blue Collar GrindBlue Collar Grind
Jacqueline Y.
So far i am very pleased with the trainers professionalism, he took into account my concerns with things that might make me struggle with working out again. Listened to what I want to change and keep about my body and is highly flexible. I am pleased with my choice in trainer.
Blue Collar GrindBlue Collar Grind
Thumbtack Customer
Matt is a great trainer. I have back issues so I need to stay strong. Matt has helped me strengthen my core and lose weight. I also needed something convenient. Working out at home couldn't be more convenient. I'm so glad to have him as my trainer.
Your Body Your Choice Workout LLCYour Body Your Choice Workout LLC
Lisa c.
I never worked with Renee but we did talk quite a bit. I decided to stay with my current trainer.
What The Fit!What The Fit!
Thumbtack Customer
Jennifer is awesome. I love working with her. After 7 or 8 times training, I can feel my strength is improving.
Resolve FitnessResolve Fitness
Aubrey K.
Eric is a wonderful trainer that will work with you to get you to your goals! It is a really nice gym to work out of. Be prepared to work hard.
Miller Functional FitnessMiller Functional Fitness
Luis B.
A Very professional, very nice guy, he know how to help and train people cant wait to go back after all the Viruses 🦠
Adam Quick Personal TrainingAdam Quick Personal Training
Sumurye A.
She's an amazing trainer and overall, a wonderful person. During the consultation, she was patient and listened to my fitness goals and then proceeded to describe an ideal exercise plan based on what I wanted to achieve; and she laid out the different plans she offered without pushing anything. When training, she's tough but kind and challenged me within reason. She's also extremely knowledgeable about the human body and the different equipment; she makes a point to explain why we're doing certain exercises and what muscles they work. I feel much stronger since training with her and always look forward to my workouts. Highly recommend!
Bee J.
It was awesome! He was fantastic! We did a lot of compound movements throughout the one hour training session, and he really focused on training the entire body rather than just individual muscle groups by themselves. His theory is that if you keep your intensity high and start with full body movements and then start to narrow them down to individualized movements then you will see results a lot quicker!
Train Bodies Brandän JonesTrain Bodies Brandän Jones
Lauren M.
Cody is an awesome trainer and one of the best investments I've made for my health and wellness. Before him, I thought I was knowledgeable about exercise, but I quickly learned my understanding was limited. I learned during my workouts with him. With just the few months I have been training with him I have gotten much stronger and feeling healthier. Definitely recommend Cody!!!
Team 337 fitnessTeam 337 fitness
Duane L.
All has gone very well. I get a full 30 minutes of one on one training. Shane is very knowledgeable and professional. You won't be disappointed.
Hostetler Personal FitnessHostetler Personal Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
Matt is an awesome trainer! He is early for every appointment and really cares about his client's health. I would recommend him to anyone and already have.
Your Body Your Choice Workout LLCYour Body Your Choice Workout LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Everyone at Ultimate U has been fantastic. Troy really took the time to listen to my past experiences and what my current goals are and match me up with the professional best suited for my needs, and I couldn't be happier with my trainer. Christian is incredibly knowledgeable and takes the time to explain the workouts and teach me. He's the best trainer I've worked with at any gym. But you won't find any of the trainers at UU just counting reps and playing with their phone, they are all engaged with their clients and really care about helping them to achieve their goals. I wish I had discovered UU sooner and not wasted time and money at big corporate gyms.
Ultimate U Total HealthUltimate U Total Health
Barret H.
Before training with Cory I was decently athletic, worked out for fun, and knew my way around the gym. I met with Cory to dial in my form and take my diet and training to the next level. And that worked, you can find my progress pics on his social platforms. But at the risk of sounding like an ad, Cory's value add to my life has been so much more that. The shifts in my mindset and mental wellbeing have been tremendous. Looking back, almost unbelievable. Since working with Cory I have lost fat, gained confidence, gained muscle, got a huge promotion, ran my first half marathon, increased my salary by 23.5% (covering the cost of training by the way), deadlifted 400 lbs, stabilized my core and back, the list goes on. If you want a smiley voice encouraging you throughout a workout, hire any personal trainer. If you want to see results that you weren't even asking for, hire Cory Carpenter.
Cindy C.
This is my 2nd week training with Eric and he is great motivator and helps you achieve your goals, there has not been one time that I've left without having a great workout!
Miller Functional FitnessMiller Functional Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
Hired Zach for 12 months of personal training. He is extremely motivating and relatable. Very cool facility. I am confident that I will get results from his program as well.
Hammerhead TrainingHammerhead Training
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