Brain Health Trainer
Certification Course
Enrollment Now Open!
Become a Certified Brain Health Trainer! Enrollment is open for a limited time.
Brain Health Trainer
Certification Course
Enrollment Now Open!
Become a Certified Brain Health Trainer! Enrollment is open for a limited time.
“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 Initiatives at Cleveland Clinic
“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
“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!”Medical Exercise Specialist
Francois Gagnon
Medical Exercise Specialist
“The Brain Health Trainer Certification is a step above! Not only did 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
  • Personal Trainers and Fitness Professionals
  • Physical Therapists and Exercise Physiologists
  •  Health Coaches and Life Coaches
  •  Psychologists, Therapists, and Mental Health Professionals
  • ​Professionals Working in Active Aging
  • You are amazed by the brain’s potential to re-wire and want to understand its structure and function
  • You want to gain a deeper understanding of neuroscience without years of study
  • You desire to understand what scientific evidence is saying about exercise and physical activity interventions in regards to brain health
  • You want to be a powerful agent of change in your business, personal life, and community
  • You want to make a dent on the exponentially increasing rates of cognitive decline and play a role in preventing and slowing Neurodegenerative diseases
  • You want to differentiate yourself from other professionals in your field and become sought-out for your comprehension and application of neuroscience principles
  • You want to implement cutting-edge and evidence-based interventions
  • You want to understand the brain and mind as much as you do the body
Meet Your Coaches
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.
Is this course for you?
Are you an agent of change looking to slow the effects of aging within your client base, community, and the world?

Are you looking for innovative fitness programming geared towards preventing cognitive decline based in cutting-edge research? 

Whether you want to be the go-to professional in the dramatically growing market of active aging, or make difference in helping those at risk for or with dementia, this course will significantly transform your understanding of the brain, its relationship to exercise, and how to leverage them to slow cognitive decline in the individuals that need it most.
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
This Program is Broken Down into 4 Main Modules
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 Neurogenesis
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
  • ​A video library of cognitive-physical exercise techniques
  • ​A 400+ page course manual complete with all course content
  • ​Over 200+ research citations for further reading
  • ​Exclusive access to the Brain Health Trainer Facebook group
  • ALL lessons delivered in innovative online e-learning (no long, boring videos with limited practical application)
  • In each lesson, you’ll learn neuroscience concepts AND strategies on how to implement them with your clients
  • Interactive learning activities to stay engaged and test your knowledge
  • Recommended research reading to deepen understanding
Who is this Brain Health Trainer Certification course for?
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.
How long is the Brain Health Trainer Certification course?
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.
Is the Brain Health Trainer Certification course all videos?
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!
Do I get CECs/CEUs from the Brain Health Trainer Certification course?
Yes, CECs/CEUs for the Brain Health Trainer Certification course will be provided through the Functional Aging Institute, and will include AFAA, NASM, and ACE. 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.
Do I have to earn a specific amount of CECs/CEUs to maintain my Brain Health Trainer Certification?
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.
Does my Brain Health Trainer Certification expire?
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.
I am not a Health, Wellness, or Fitness Professional. Can I still benefit from this course?
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.
Should I take this course if I do not implement exercise programs?
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.
Is this entire course evidence-based?
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.
Is the research referenced in this course conducted by the course creators or advisors?
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.
Can I just purchase the cognitive-physical exercise library?
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.
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)?
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.
Functional Aging Institute 2019