Serious Post: Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

Last night my personal training client had a heart attack at the end of our session together.
We got him to the hospital quickly
and he was treated and is going to be just fine.
Even though we were able to go through the treatment protocol
at the gym and get him aid, it was still
scary as hell.
For both of us.
As a trainer, I have to get certified in how to do CPR, First Aid, and use an AED. I have to re-certify every two years. Going to that 4 hour training at 8am on a Saturday is always SO annoying but shit am I glad I’ve gone to so many. It allowed me to recognize symptoms and get my client help as quickly as possible.
Do you know the warning signs of a heart attack?

Chest Dicomfort
Most heart attacks start with pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or pain that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
Discomfort in other areas of the upper body.
Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
Shortness of breath
With or without chest discomfort.
Breaking out in a cold sweat.
Nausea

Lightheadedness

These are listed by the American Heart Association . If you’ve never taken a CPR/First Aid/AED course before, it’s definitely worth it! Check the AHA or your local chapter of the Red Cross for courses in your area. It’s usually a 4 hour course and it’ll cost about $25-$30 depending on where it’s hosted but it’s completely worth it. Getting help as soon as the signs pop up can save a life! We can’t all be as cool as the doctors on Grey’s Anatomy, but we can definitely help the process until they can get medical help. Minutes matter in a heart attack or stroke.

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Warning: F Bomb.

Wanna know what your trainer is going to tell you when you come to them asking for help on how to lose weight, get lean, tone your muscles, get faster, or perform better? Strength Train, Stretch, and CARDIO.

Oh you don’t like to run? You can dance.
Oh you have bad knees? Grab a bike/elliptical.
Oh you don’t have a gym membership? Outside is free.
Oh you don’t like to sweat? GET OVER IT.
For your body to get at its best (or at least better than what it currently is) you’re gonna have to do some work. And by work, I mean SWEAT. Get outta your comfort zone. If you wanna change what you are, you have to change what you’re doing. Or not doing… So please, don’t look up ways to get in shape and look for something that’s easy. Because it’s not easy. It requires getting after it. So when I ask if you got your cardio in this weekend and you tell me you walked your dog Saturday I’m not going to be impressed. Did you breathe hard? Did you feel like you were pushing yourself?
That girl with the awesome ass? She does lunges.
That guy with the amazing abs? He works his whole body and doesn’t eat crap.
The people that have awesome bodies WORK FOR THEM.
And they do cardio.
So when you’re thinking of how to work your body this week, make sure your work it so you’re breathing hard*! Make your heart work while you make your body work. When the whole thing works as one, you’re getting the best workout.
And for the love of all that is holy:
Don’t hire a trainer to get you in shape and ignore everything they tell you.
We don’t appreciate that.
You won’t get better.
And you waste your money.
This post brought to you by somebody who’s really tired of hearing excuses. Make it a good week! : )
*not too hard, obvs. don’t die.
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