Provider: ACE - American Council On Exercise
Type: Online Course
Online Content
Online Quiz
Recorded Video
CEC Credits: ACE 0.2 CECs

Spark client motivation by connecting brain health with exercise 

For health and exercise professionals, gaining an understanding of the relationship between exercise and the slowing of cognitive decline is critically important, especially when working with clients in the active aging population. As study after study continues to demonstrate that the benefits of physical activity extend beyond the body, affecting the health of the brain on multiple levels.

In this video training, you will explore the basics of brain health and the fundamentals of neuroscience. This includes learning about neuroanatomy, neuroplasticity, and cognition, as well as the many ways in which physical activity affects the brain.

Once the fundamental knowledge of neuroscience and the brain benefits are understood, you’ll explore how to apply these learnings to programming for your clients. This goes far beyond just ensuring clients are exercising with proper technique. You’ll discover how to create exercise programs that include certain acute variables and modalities with a strong evidence base showing they can prevent cognitive decline and improve brain health. 

Led by Ryan Glatt, MS, Certified Personal Trainer, National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach, and Brain Health Coach at the Pacific Brain Health Center in Santa Monica, California, this course will enhance your knowledge of brain health and add value to your services, thereby improving the opportunity of getting referrals from allied health professionals. In addition, leveraging this knowledge can help keep your clients motivated by connecting their physical activity directly to cognitive health.

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Understand the concepts of brain health, neuroanatomy, neuroplasticity, and cognition 
  • Explain how exercise can affect the brain at multiple levels 
  • Utilize different modalities of exercise to benefit the brain in similar and unique ways 
  • Apply a multimodal exercise plan to clients to increase the chances of improving brain health through different forms of exercise 
  • Personalize exercise plans for your clients through frequency, duration and intensity for the general goals of brain health


Very interesting course highlighting an important direction (brain health and slowing down cognitive decline) where fitness professionals can truly serve in positive ways! I truly enjoyed his well explained and highly applicable concepts of neurobiology as they relate to the influence of different modalities of exercise on brain health! If you listen to his two lectures while going for a walk and trying to learn the concepts at the same time like I did - you’ll be implementing the material you’re learning on the spot!

I thought the instructor used too many acronyms and went through things too quickly. He seemed to assume the student would be familiar with the terms and descriptions he ws using. I would NOT recommend this instructor.

The content was great but I wish the visuals, slides and graphics were better.

Lots of info in short time times, had some difficulty keeping up with his rapid speech..