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Webinar: The Brain & Exercise: Integrating Neurology & Medical Fitness


Health and fitness professionals have the opportunity to join allied health professionals in addressing the major epidemic of cognitive decline and neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Although exercise has been proven to be beneficial to brain health and cognitive functioning, the precise exercise prescriptions are not clear to the general public or the industries of health and fitness.

This has led to further confusion and leaves clients, patients, medical professionals, and caregivers wondering if they are doing all that is possible to stave off cognitive decline. This webinar will review the research on how certain modalities of exercise can deferentially affect the brain and provide an initial framework integrating medical fitness into outpatient neurological care.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe how cardiovascular, resistance, motor, multicomponent, and dual-task training exercise types can benefit the brain
  2. Apply exercise programming strategies for both specific and general brain health outcomes
  3. Identify opportunities for integrating medical fitness into medical specialties associated with brain health and geriatrics.

Speaker: Ryan Glatt, MS, CPT, NBC-HWC – Brain Health Coach & FitBrain Instructor at the Pacific Brain Health Center

Ryan Glatt is a personal trainer and board-certified health coach with a specialty focus in brain health with over a decade of experience in the health & fitness industry. He currently works alongside clinicians and researchers to implement cognitively-enhanced and comprehensive exercise & lifestyle interventions at the Pacific Brain Health Center in Santa Monica, California. 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, the Academy for Brain Health & Performance, and the Masters of Applied Neuroscience program at King’s College of London. He is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. in Leadership: Health and Human Performance Program at Concordia University of Chicago. Ryan actively works with companies leveraging technology for exercise and brain training (including exergaming, VR, and mobile technologies) and is passionate about researching these topics. He educates health & fitness professionals with the first course to comprehensively address exercise & the brain called the Brain Health Trainer course, in which he has educated over 1,000 health & fitness professionals worldwide.