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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 Philadelphia trainers
Liliana R.
Great trainer!
A E FitnessA E Fitness
Elona B.
Training was to the point. No wasted time.
Ruth AllmanRuth Allman
Donna e.
My daughter is doing the training and loves it!
Klasik FitKlasik Fit
Samantha S.
Great trainer! Very responsive and helpful!
Integrative Health and Fitness by Dr PhilIntegrative Health and Fitness by Dr Phil
Thumbtack Customer
Jonas is very very passionate. During training, he would explain what part of your body is being work on. And he is very easy to reach too. When I had questions regarding training/training at home, I was able to get answers from him right away. Recommended!
F.A.M.E. FitnessF.A.M.E. Fitness
Jamie K.
Steven conducted First Aid/CPR training for our staff. He is very knowledgeable and an outstanding trainer. He kept the group active, engaged, and even laughing throughout. We received very positive feedback from staff. They want him to come back and conduct another training on "Active Shooter."
Guardian Emergency TrainingGuardian Emergency Training
Katy H.
Jonas is an amazing trainer who motivates and pushes you while also making you feel comfortable and being concious of your limits. So far I'm loving training with him.
F.A.M.E. FitnessF.A.M.E. Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
Great trainer. I recommend to anyone who wants to get. Back in dhape
Jermaine G.
today was my first day which was a complementary, workout. however once the workout was over i knew immediately this was the type of trainer/training that will help me accomplish my goal. If the next 3 months are anything like the first day, i will surpass goal with no problem. Jake is not only the owner and great trainer he also keeps the workout from getting stale which is perfect. I'll respond in 3 months with the end results
Body CraftersBody Crafters
Thumbtack Customer
Jonas is the man. Chill guy, knowledgeable trainer, effective motivator. What more can you ask for?
F.A.M.E. FitnessF.A.M.E. Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
Great trainer! He makes my work out fun and I always look forward to next session!
Reggie S.
Very professional, took her time explaining training. Would Highly recommend her to all for a great experience.
Ruth AllmanRuth Allman
Thumbtack Customer
Hired Terrell from Next Up Fitness as my personal trainer, and the experience has been amazing. He is professional, and motivating, but pushes you to your goals. In the short amount of time I have bee with him, I have seen an obvious difference. One of the best trainers I have had.
Next Up FitnessNext Up Fitness
Emily D.
I've never had a trainer before, and I have a lot of mental health baggage around exercise. If you've never had a trainer, or if you're new to exercise, this is the trainer for you. Monica was extremely understanding of the mental piece, and she also understood all my physical conditions as well. She was extremely knowledgable about muscles and tendons and knew how to work around my pain spots, it almost felt like seeing a physical therapist. I feel confident that she "knows her stuff" and she has a great personality as well.
M FitnessM Fitness
Yiyang C.
Phil is the best trainer you can find in the greater Philly and Nj area. He works with me and my husband, making sure that our individual needs are met. My husband hasn’t been working out regularly before he met Phil, so Phil makes sure that he starts slow and progresses gradually. Whereas I’m in better physical health, and having Phil as a trainer keeps me motivated! If you are in the Philly and NJ area and are looking for a trainer, look no further. You can’t find anyone better!
Integrative Health and Fitness by Dr PhilIntegrative Health and Fitness by Dr Phil
Thumbtack Customer
I started out with 28% body fat , 158lbs After 4 weeks of training (6x/week, 35-40'/day), my body fat went down at 21%, and weight 150lbs Great training sessions I strongly recommend Jonas to all of you who want to get ready for this summer beach body
F.A.M.E. FitnessF.A.M.E. Fitness
Teia S.
This is week 2 and I’m extremely pleased with my trainer and the company overall! With patience I know that I’ll get great results .
Klasik FitKlasik Fit
Tejaswi D.
Great trainer! Adjusts to your specific schedule, needs, and location for training. The FAME fitness gym is also really nice. No work out is identical, and each work out is challenging but focused around accentuating your strengths while strengthening your weakness. Definitely recommend FAME fitness and it is now a part of my weekly work out regimen.
F.A.M.E. FitnessF.A.M.E. Fitness
Karina M.
Klasik Fit is a great company and Meredith is a wonderful trainer. This is my first experience with a personal trainer and i’m extremely happy i found Klasik Fit. From my first meeting with one of the owners, Jerry, I felt confident that i was in good hands. If you are someone who is looking to obtain a healthier lifestyle, i highly recommend this company.
Klasik FitKlasik Fit
Jarrell D.
I Started this past Monday, The best environment and Trainer that I have came in contact with. Professional, clean and good equipment. Jake is awesome!
Body CraftersBody Crafters
Kait a.
I've been training with Phil for a few weeks now and he's been nothing short of accommodating, encouraging, and kind since the day I first spoke to him. He is very focused on my health and comfortability while also making sure that our sessions are as productive as possible. I would highly recommend training with Phil and I can't wait to continue working with him!
Integrative Health and Fitness by Dr PhilIntegrative Health and Fitness by Dr Phil
Nicholas R.
I've been training with Dr.Phil for a few weeks now. He is thorough both during sessions and in follow-up afterwards. He clearly knows what he's talking about and can help you without making you feel stupid. I highly reccomend him as a trainer that is patient, punctual and flexible in working with you to get what you need out of your sessions.
Integrative Health and Fitness by Dr PhilIntegrative Health and Fitness by Dr Phil
Michelle D.
I had a really great and easy experience getting set up with Klasik training. The team is very warm, welcoming, and great at communicating! I felt very listened to when doing the initial set up with them. Their adaptibility to shape the lessons around my interests was very nice. I also liked how many options in how I could get training there were.
Klasik FitKlasik Fit
Thumbtack Customer
Terrell, with Next Up Fitness is an AWESOME trainer. He's been working with my son and has achieved wonderful results in just the first month! My son has lost a total of 24 lbs since working with Next Up Fitness since the beginning of January 2016. The gym is nice, clean and private that you have the trainers complete focus and get the most out of your training session. I would recommend Next Up Fitness to anyone who needs someone who is dedicated to your success and supportive in helping you meet your weight loss goals. Hats off to you Terrell and thank you for your professionalism!
Next Up FitnessNext Up Fitness
Kristy B.
I needed BLS CPR training because I am an RN and needed to renew my cpr certification. I was so pleased with Ruth's quick response and flexibility. She really worked with me to schedule a date and time for her to train me in my home. She taught the course in such an interesting and fun way. I will definitely recommend Ruth to others who are seeking a cpr certification.
Ruth AllmanRuth Allman
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