Brain Health Trainer Course

by Ryan Glatt

Earn up to 10 CECs with ACE, AFAA, NASM, ACSM and more!

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What is a brain health trainer? We implement evidence-based interventions that help prevent or slow neurodegenerative diseases. You too can become the go-to professional in the dramatically growing active aging market, and help clients at risk for or with dementia. This online certification course will transform your understanding of the brain, its relationship to exercise, and teach you how to slow cognitive decline in the individuals that need it most.

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Learning Objectives

You Will Learn the Neuroscience of:

  • The Course of Cognitive Aging
  • Cognitive Decline and Cognitive Reserve
  • The Cognitive Domains of Attention, Memory, & Executive Functions
  • Functional Brain Networks and Neuroanatomy
  • Differential Effects of Exercise on the Brain & Cognition
  • Combining Exercise with Cognitive Stimuli

Course Procedure

  1. Enroll in the course.
  2. View the course content.
  3. Take the test. (You must score 80% to pass. If you do not pass, you may retake the test.)
  4. Print your certificate of completion.

Course Content

Brain Health Trainer Specialist


With a strong background in exercise science and human health, Ryan develops curriculum for the health and fitness industry on health neuroscience, and coaching individuals towards optimal brain health. He has completed programs from the Amen Clinics, the NeuroCoaching Institute, the Neuroscience Academy, the NeuroLeadership Institute, Neuroscience for Coaches, and others on the topics of brain health, sleep, and mindfulness.

He pursues continued education in exercise programs specifically targeted towards those with dementia, Parkinson’s, cognitive impairment and traumatic brain injury. He is enrolled in the Master’s of Applied Neuroscience program at the King’s College of London, actively consults for brain-based technology companies like SMARTFit, and works at the Pacific Brain Health Center within the Pacific Neuroscience Institute in Santa Monica, CA.


Dr. Sarah McEwen is an experienced PhD Research Cognitive Psychologist with 14 years clinical research experience and a demonstrated track-record of grants and publications while at top tier academic universities, including UCLA and UCSD. She is skilled in MRI, Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical Research with mental health populations, specifically those at risk for or diagnosed with dementia.

She is the Co-Founder of a UCSD Qualcomm Institute-based start-up, Genius Gyms, which is developing an innovative platform that integrates emerging technologies and neuroscience games to help older adults improve their cognitive and physical health and promote successful aging through exercise.

She currently serves as the Director of Research and programming of the Brain Health Center at the Pacific Neuroscience Institute in Santa Monica, CA, and works with some of country’s most esteemed geriatric psychiatrists, diagnostic technologies, and develops cutting edge information for the prevention and remediation of dementia.

What's Included in the Brain Health Trainer Certification?

Mechanisms of Neural Change

  • Changes at the Micro, Macro and Behavioral Levels
  • Neurotransmitters and Exercise
  • Growth Factors, Exercise and Brain Health
  • Positive and Negative Neuroplasticity
  • Synaptogenesis and Neurogenesisc

Combining Cognitive and Physical Training

  • The Evolutionary Links Between Thinking and Moving
  • The Neurobiology of Combining Cognitive & Physical Demands
  • Simultaneous vs. Sequential Cognitive & Physical Training
  • Programming for Cognitive Outcomes

The Course of Cognitive Aging

  • Cognition and Brain Aging Cognitive
  • Trajectory over the Lifespan and Cognitive Reserve
  • Prevalence and Mechanisms of Cognitive Decline
  • The Global State of Cognitive Decline
  • Dementia and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases

Cognitive-Physical Exercise Library

  • Integrating Attention, Memory, Processing Speed and Executive Functions during Exercise
  • Coaching Dual-Tasking Techniques
  • Gauging Cognitive & Physical Load
  • Regressions and Progressions
  • Maximizing Client Engagement


Q: Who is this Brain Health Trainer Certification course for?
A: The Brain Health Trainer Certification course is for health, fitness, wellness, and medical professionals that are interested in learning more about the effects of exercise on the brain, mood and cognition, and how to practically apply them to exercise and physical activity plans. Many other professionals have expressed interest and derived value from the content of this course, as the principles of neuroscience and the exercise-cognition interaction can be utilized in multiple fields and applications.

Q: How long is the Brain Health Trainer Certification course?
A: The Brain Health Trainer Certification course is estimated to take 6-8 hours depending on your reading speed and the amount of time spent studying, revisiting, or absorbing course materials and content.

Q: Is the Brain Health Trainer Certification course all videos?
A: No, the Brain Health Trainer Certification course was designed to be an engaging, multi-media online learning experience. The course does not consist of only videos, although there is over 90 minutes of high-quality HD video embedded within the course. These videos are an average of 5 minutes of length, so there is no watching long, boring, low-quality videos with an expectation to absorb it all!

Q: Do I get CECs/CEUs from the Brain Health Trainer Certification course?
A: Yes, the course is approved for up to 10 CECs/CEUs and will be provided through the Functional Aging Institute.Approval agencies include AFAA, NASM, ACE, ACSM, canfitpro and NBHWC. We are always working on applying to be elligible for more CECs/CEUs for a variety of professional organizations, such as fitness, health coaching, nursing, and more.

Q: Do I have to earn a specific amount of CECs/CEUs to maintain my Brain Health Trainer Certification?
A: Currently, we do not have a specific requirement for CEC/CEU reporting in order to maintain your Brain Health Trainer Certification. However, this may change in the near future. Maintaining your Brain Health Trainer Certification means that you represent a new group of professionals in the health, wellness and fitness industry that advocate for accurate and effective brain health-related services and information. We therefore encouraging continued education in personal training, medical fitness, nutrition, health coaching, brain health, neuroscience, and lifestyle medicine.

Q: Does my Brain Health Trainer Certification expire?
A: In order to maintain your Brain Health Trainer Certification, you will be asked to retake quizzes and exams within the course during every annual update. This will encourage you to revisit course content that has been updated, and demonstrate your understanding of this new content through passing updates quizzes and exams. This is necessary giving that the concepts presented in this course are constantly becoming better understood through continued research.

Q: I am not a Health, Wellness, or Fitness Professional. Can I still benefit from this course?
A: Absolutely! Everybody has a brain, and everybody does or should exercise. Even if you are not planning on delivering exercise and physical activitiy plans or techniques, many health individuals have used the content presented in this course to make changes in their own lives, or in the lives in the individuals they work with.

Q: Should I take this course if I do not implement exercise programs?
A: The information in this course can be utilized for health education, program development, and to accomodate health and lifestyle modification plans. While exercise is often recommended by health, wellness and medical professionals, it is not usually personalized for brain health-specific outcomes.

Q: Is this entire course evidence-based?
A: The Brain Health Trainer Certification course is both evidence-based AND evidence-led. Much of the information presented in this course is based in evidence, but there are many theories that are presented, as well. The language of the course clearly distinguishes between the two, and several lessons have a bibliography of over 200 research articles that are referenced. The course does not always cite specific resources per statement or claim, as it would be distracting from the learning experience, but any questions regarding evidence may be requested through direct query forms, social media groups or FAQs.

Q: Is the research referenced in this course conducted by the course creators or advisors?
A: A majority of the research referenced in this course is not conducted by course creator or advisors, although there are many studies that are, and more research continues to be done in order to further validate the concepts presented in this course.

Q: Can I just purchase the cognitive-physical exercise library?
A: At this moment in time, the cognitive-physical exercise library is not available for separate purchase. The content preceding the cognitive-physical exercise library is critical to understand before implementing these exercise techniques with clients.

Q: Can I use the information in this course to train or benefit people with dementia or other neurological conditions (such Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, or Parkinson’s Disease)?
A: While the Brain Health Trainer Certification course is not a course on how to provide exercise prescriptions or facilitate exercise sessions for individuals with dementia or other neurological conditions, there is course content that is relevant to working with individuals with dementia or other neurological conditions. The evidence demonstrating the cognitive and brain health benefits of exercise in various neurological conditions is well-documented, but the less evidence is available for more selective effects across these different populations. In addition, clients with other conditions (diabetes, depression, cardiopulmonary conditions, etc) may also have concurrent cognitive issues that could benefit from appropriate exercise prescription. Dual-task training has also demonstrated cognitive and/or functional benefits to several of these populations. Further training and continued education in working with any of the populations in question is strongly encouraged.


"As a physician with a passion for lifestyle medicine I had high expectations when I took Ryan's Brain Health Trainer course. All I can say is that it exceeded expectations. It is well thought out and beautifully organized. The course provides you not only with information but a way of thinking and solving problems within the context of movement and brain health. Highly recommended!"
   Dr. Nate Bergman
   DO, Chief Science Officer at Kemper Center for Cognitive Health, Previous Project lead for Brain Health and Cognitive Impairment Initiative at Cleveland Clinic

"As a master trainer for the Functional Aging Institute and the American Council on Exercise, I believe the Brain Health Trainer certification is one of the best certifications I have taken. It is easy to understand and apply all the information. The videos at the end help give great ideas on how to continue to build programming. I am using this information on many of my clients and not only do I see results; they feel results! This is an exciting new field for all of us and I am looking forward to continual growth and research. Thank you Ryan for spending the time and resources and putting this together for trainers everywhere."
   Dianne McCaughey
   PhD, Master Trainer for FAI and ACE, Co-Create of the Functional Aging Group Exercise Specialist

"A great course illustrating the relationship between exercise and cognitive health! Thank you for sharing your passion!"
   Francois Gagnon
   Medical Exercise Specialist

"The Brain Health Trainer Certification is a step above! Not only di I learn more about the "Why" of exercise and brain health, but truly how the brain works. I feel even more confident when educating our members as to why we are integrating more cognitive training and why it is an important part of their plan, even if brain health isn't a concern. This is one more tool that sets us apart from the competition and shows that we are on the cutting edge of science and exercise. Thank you Ryan for bridging the gap!"
   Rosa Coletto
   Owner of Full Circle Fitness and Personal Trainer

"The course content in the Brain Health Trainer course is absolutely incredible! I am always looking for innovative ways of applying neuroscience to my practice, and I wish this stuff was taught more in my schooling!"
   Jeremy Nordman
   Occupational Therapist

"The Brain Health Trainer certification has given me a new holistic approach that I will use to model my personal training style. The tools that are available with the course make 'the talk' so much easier when dealing with someone's brain health, and figuring out exactly what's going on. It provides the necessary forms to refer out for clients that need additional professional help. Which provides greater overall results. Highly recommended and very easy to navigate and understand!"
   Brendan Larsen
   Personal Trainer

"I just completed the FABULOUS Brain Health Trainer course, and Ryan presents some very challenging material in a concise and easy to understand manner. The course does such a great job using videos and interactive pages to make the learning fun. Even my wee little brain "got it!" I'm already playing around some of the techniques with my clients, and I even had my class of 50 people yesterday enjoying these techniques!"
   Sue Grant
   ACE, FAFS, Master FallProof Instructor, Creator of Older Wiser Workouts

About the Author

Ryan Glatt

Ryan Glatt IDEA Author/Presenter

Ryan Glatt is a Certified Personal Trainer and a National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach with over a decade of experience. He currently practices brain-based strategies for cognitive enhancement at the Pacific Brain Health Center in Santa Monica, California in both clinical and research settings. Ryan constantly seeks to learn about health neuroscience research and practical strategies in both health coaching and personal training contexts. Ryan has pursued education from the Amen Clinics, The BrainFirst Training Institute, the Neuroscience Academy, and the Academy for Brain Health & Performance. He has completed the Master's of Applied Neuroscience program at King's College of London. He is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Leadership: Health & Human Performance at Concordia University of Chicago. He has worked with a wide variety of populations with various neurological considerations, including those with MCI, dementia, TBI, and Parkinson's. Ryan focuses his practice and research on slowing cognitive decline for those with cognitive complaints and those who want to prevent neurodegenerative conditions. He actively consults for technology companies that seek to enhance physical activity with cognitive training through Virtual Reality, mobile technology, and various hardware/software applications. Recently, Ryan has released the Brain Health Trainer course, which is the first comprehensive course to be released on the topic of brain health and exercise. The course has already enrolled over 1,000+ health and fitness professionals. Ryan continues to work to distill neuroscience research into the fitness and health industries in hopes of preparing them to play a role in slowing the global burden of cognitive decline.

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