Why Personal Trainers & Fitness Coaches Should Have CPR, First Aid, & AED Training

by | Jul 14, 2023

Just like your brain, your muscles need oxygen to produce the energy needed to sustain exercise. Your heart and lungs are the two organs that increase the flow of oxygenated blood to the rest of your body during exercise. The lungs oxygenate the blood to remove carbon dioxide, and the heart increases its work to deliver more blood more quickly to the muscles and lungs. 

In the long run, exercise is extremely good for your heart and your overall health. When you exercise regularly, your body does a better job of pulling oxygen from your blood. This allows your heart to work better under stress. 

I’ve seen this improvement firsthand in my own life. I once was a collegiate athlete who did multiple workouts per day. Once I graduated, I lost a lot of muscle gain as well as cardiovascular stamina. I thought I could develop my own workout plans and stick to them, but I wasn’t internally motivated enough to follow through with what I said I would do. About a year ago, I started working out with a fitness coach at Orange Theory Fitness. Since then, my resting heart rate has decreased by 10 beats per minute. This means I’m in better shape, and my heart doesn’t have to work as hard to sustain my body. Not to mention, my mood has improved, and I’ve seen my lean muscle increase. 

If you are a fitness coach or personal trainer, thank you for caring about our health and our fitness journey. Your encouragement is just what I needed to make health a priority. If you are similar to me and need the extra encouragement, don’t hesitate to find a fitness coach or class near you. 

Where Exercise Can Go Wrong

While these vital organs are working so hard, things can go wrong and people can get hurt, because of this, it is important for fitness coaches and personal trainers to have CPR, First Aid, and AED training. More on our training options in Georgia and South Carolina below.

One day at Orange Theory, a lady passed out on one of the rowers. She was breathing, but was unconscious for a few seconds. My fitness coach didn’t know exactly what caused the passing out, and the reason why could be multifaceted. It could’ve likely been dehydration, hypoglycemia, or syncope, but he didn’t know how to respond. He offered her a sports drink, which was a good move, but he probably should’ve also offered her a salty snack to elevate her blood pressure in case it was syncope related. Then offer her a high protein snack to help keep her sugar levels stable once the sports drink wears off. He could’ve also elevated her legs above the level of her heart to get more blood and oxygen to the brain. Although this is more of a minor situation, it is very important for trainers to give proper care in these types of situations and be prepared for more life-threatening incidents as well. This is why it’s important for fitness coaches and personal trainers to have CPR, First Aid, and AED training

Risks Trainers Should be Aware of 

While there are many risks and potential emergencies that can happen in a gym setting, here are the most common ones:

Underlying Health Conditions

People with certain pre-existing health conditions, such as heart disease, lung disorders, high blood pressure, and neurological conditions, may be at a higher risk during exercise. All these pre-existing conditions can place more strain on the heart and lungs during physical exertion. People may not even be aware of these underlying health conditions. This can even lead to cardiac arrest, where you need to respond with CPR and the AED.

Inadequate Fitness Level 

Jumping into intense workouts without gradually building up strength and endurance can strain the heart and lungs and lead to cardiac arrest. It’s important to remember if you haven’t worked out in a while to start out easy. Start with a walk or light mobility workouts to build up your strength and stamina before jumping into more intense workouts. Your body will thank you. 

Excessive Intensity or Overtraining 

Pushing the body beyond its limits without allowing adequate rest and recovery also puts high strain on the heart and lungs. It’s important to let your body heal and rest before jumping into another challenging workout or run. 

Improper Technique or Form

Performing exercises with improper form can increase the risk for injuries in the gym. It’s important to modify exercises if you’ve had any previous injuries in that area. You should follow a progression with direct supervision and guidance from a fitness coach or trainer if you are working up to a complex exercise like a power clean. 

Exercise-Induced Asthma 

For some people with asthma, exercise is the trigger. Asthma closes up their airway, making it extremely difficult to breathe. When it’s your body’s natural reaction to breathe more heavily during a workout, you can see how dangerous this is. If you know you have exercise induced asthma, it’s important to always have your inhaler and spacer handy while working out. 

While it’s impossible to know everyone’s health journey, fitness coaches & trainers should understand what to do when exercise causes an emergency response. 

How Fitness Coaches and Personal Trainers Can Get CPR, First Aid, and AED Certified

We have multiple options for CPR, First Aid, and AED training for personal trainers and fitness coaches across Georgia and South Carolina. We understand that your schedule may be hectic as a coach, so we have multiple options so you can find one that fits in your schedule. 

In Person Group Training

If your gym would like to have the entire staff trained at one time, we can come to your gym and have a group training at your convenience. This training is great if you have a staff of at least 8 people if on a weekday, and it costs $40 per person for the CPR, First Aid, and AED class in this format. Request an in person training for your gym here or learn about our CPR, First Aid, and AED course here.

Note that the minimums depend on your region. See our minimum requirement here. If you don’t have enough, we can either open the class up for members of your gym and/or we can open it up for joiners in your area. 

Individual In Person Training

If you are an individual or have less than 8 people, you can join one of our existing CPR, First Aid, and AED courses in person. You can select a course close to you. We have classes across Georgia and South Carolina. Note that many of our classes are just CPR and First Aid. However, fitness coaches should have AED training, so look for AED classes on our schedule, or let us know, and we can add on AED for your group. This option is $45 per person. 

View our in person CPR training map and sign up for a training here. You can sort by “Course Type” to look for either “CPR, AED, and First Aid” or “CPR, AED, and Pediatric First Aid” either one will meet the requirements for a personal trainer. 

Individual Online Self Paced Training

Our self-paced online training is what most of our clients in the fitness industry choose because of its flexibility. This option allows you to do the instruction portion of the training at your own pace online and do the CPR and AED portion in person at one of our skills checks. Skills checks only take about 15 minutes and you can either attend an existing skills check or if you have a group, we can come to your gym to do the skills check. This blended format costs $45 per person and meets the same guidelines as the fully in-person options.

Sign up for our Blended CPR, First Aid, and AED Training here. We have two training options: Adult and Pediatric both meet the regulations. Adult is slightly shorter training and only includes Adult and Child CPR while pediatric is slightly longer and includes Adult, Child, and Infant CPR. If you have children in your life, the pediatric option might be better, but again, both meet the guidelines for a personal trainer or fitness coach. 
If you have any questions about what training you or your staff needs, contact us, and we will help you figure out which training is best for you.

About First Response

First Response provides CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety training to clients across Georgia and South Carolina for over 23 years. We believe training should be relevant, informative, and fun! Feedback from our clients consistently shows that they not only enjoy our classes, they learn something new–even for folks that have taken the class many times before.

Contact us to book a class for your facility, or sign up for a class here.

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