cpr trainer So you want to be a certified personal trainer but you have no idea where to begin or even if you meet all the requirements. Before you become a certified personal trainer you must first meet a couple prerequisites to join a program. The most common requirements are:

-18 years of age or older
-CPR/AED certified
-High School diploma or GED
-Gym experience

Almost all organizations require their trainers to be at least 18 years of age and have a CPR/AED certifications (more of that below). Also, there are a number of organizations that require a high school diploma or a GED to enter the program, make sure to check out each organization to learn their specific requirements. Lastly, many organizations require that you have gym experience. This is not so much of a requirement but it is highly recommended you know what you are doing in the gym. Having gym experience will help you so much in the certification process because you have performed and used many of the exercises and equipment you will be taught about. Having gym experience will make the entire program much easier.

One of the listed requirements is to be CPR and AED certified this is a common requirement among all accredited organizations. The easiest way to become CPR/AED certified is to take a course through the American Red Cross. They have a ton of locations all over the United States so there more than likely is one near you. To find a class near you go to Red Cross: Take a Class and enter your zip code and under Category select: First Aid, AED & CPR for Lay Responders. A list of courses will appear offering various locations and class types. Look for a class called "Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED" listed at a price of $90. Even the class called "Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED" will work but costs more; $110. Choose the one nearest you or one that fits into your schedule the best. Add to cart and proceed to checkout. When checking out, many times you can get a promotional code that will take off a nice chunk of the cost if you are pinched for money. Simply search "Red Cross Promotional Codes" on Google and try a couple to see if they work.

cpr trainer  There are two parts to the course. The first part is an online portion that needs to be completed before the respective live workshop (takes a couple hours at home, or longer if this stuff is brand new to you). You will have to print off a certificate indicating that you completed the online portion and bring that to your instructor before your live class. The live class is the second part of the CPR/AED certification. It usually takes 4-5 hours to complete and will cover all of your CPR/AED questions. Upon completion of the entire course you will be given or mailed a Red Cross CPR/AED certification card that is valid for two years. If you are over 18, you now have all the prerequisites required to enter many certified personal trainer programs!

ccording to a recent study by the Resuscitation Research Group at the University of Arizona's Sarver Heart Center, the chances of surviving an acute cardiac episode increase dramatically when first responders commence chest compressions alone, rather than the more conventional cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) technique involving mouth-to-mouth breathing.

The Sarver research team, together with experts from the Arizona Department of Health Services, evaluated survival rate data of victims of cardiac arrest. Only five percent of victims survive without any intervention at all, while those who were administered traditional CPR had about a six percent survival rate. In contrast, more than 11 percent of victims survived the event when they received chest compressions alone, without any rescue breathing.

Further, the team found that in cases where witnesses were present at the time of the event and in which emergency medical responders used a defibrillator to restore the heart rhythm, as many as 32 percent of victims survived exclusively with chest compressions. Comparatively, victims who were not administered any kind of care from bystanders had a 17 percent survival rate; those who received standard CPR had a 19 percent chance of survival.

These findings have also revealed changes in the way first responders now apply their formal CPR training in emergency situations. Since 2006, the number of cases in which an individual trained in CPR treated a cardiac victim using chest compressions only has risen from about 16 percent to more than 75 percent.

Compounding the issue of CPR versus exclusive chest compressions is the fact that some experts estimate that less than 20 percent of individuals would be willing to perform conventional CPR on a stranger. Only two decades ago, more than 60 percent of individuals reported willingness to use CPR to save a stranger's life if the need arose.

For the past ten years, the American Heart Association (AHA) has recommended that witnesses to a collapse use only chest compressions rather than standard CPR. This shift in policy is in direct response to the growing number of people who express a level of discomfort in performing mouth-to-mouth breathing on a stranger. As far as the AHA is concerned, some degree of care in the moments immediately following a cardiac event is clearly more beneficial than no care at all.

cpr trainer  Now the burden falls to cardiologists, CPR trainers, and public health policy educators to inform the general population of these study findings and to encourage individuals to reject their inhibitions regarding mouth-to-mouth breathing on a stranger. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of many experts in the field this change in thought and practice has been sluggish at best, as the American public has been slow to embrace the idea of exclusive chest compressions. In fact, many formal CPR training courses still teach the conventional rescue breathing and chest compression combination.

As a creative and effective way to spread the word about compression-only resuscitation, the Sarver Heart Center published informational fliers that were sent last summer to all Tucson, Arizona residents. The fliers, which were included in residents' monthly utility bills, briefly summarized the team's findings and educated consumers about the new compression-only CPR method. It is still too early to know how this mass mailing has directly impacted the numbers of cardiac arrest victims aided by chest compressions alone, but the strategy certainly could prove useful in getting this crucial and potentially life-saving information to the populations of other large metropolitan areas.