About Genius Gyms

Neuroscience and Exercise

Genius Gyms is a ground-breaking new way to improve brain & body health that uses well-validated neurocognitive games to create a data-driven, engaging exercise and cognitive training experience.

A new way to Exercise

No more boring machines, endless repetitive exercises, or mindless cardio workouts. Genius Gym’s workouts are engaging, challenging, and most of all FUN. You will forget you are working out!

Brain Health

Improves overall fitness and with specific emphasis on brain health: memory, attention, balance, attention, motor skills, emotional function etc. and can help reduce/delay the onset of brain decay/diseases (Dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s*).

Backed by Science

Genius Gyms was developed by an expert exercise UCLA researcher Dr. Sarah McEwen, a Cognitive Psychologist and an NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer. Dr. McEwen’s training program has been featured on the Tennis Channel’s “Fit to Hit” and Red Bull TV.

Videos & Media

Fit To Hit Episode 5 – Tennis Channel

Daily Exercise and Improving your Memory

Dr. McEwen in the news in Santa Monica

Genius Gyms Featured in EPA Podcast

UCSD Qualcomm Institute, Atkinson Hall – Fifth Floor, 9500 Gilman Drive #0436 La Jolla, CA 92093

UCSD Qualcomm Institute, Atkinson Hall – Fifth Floor, 9500 Gilman Drive #0436 La Jolla, CA 92093


Research has shown that having individuals undergo both a physical exercise and a cognitive training program increase mental abilities significantly more than those doing physical exercise or cognitive training alone (Fabre et al., 1999; Barnes et al., 2013). Thus proving that the combined effects of cognitive and physical fitness training are additive, and it’s better for your brain to do both, not just one. Genius Gyms takes this research one step further to prove that simultaneously doing cognitive training while exercising gives your brain and body the maximum challenge needed to improve your brain’s performance-while also saving you the time of doing these activities seperately.

Papers Published
Dr. McEwen conducted a neuroimaging study to examine the effects of a combined exercise and cognitive training program in severely cognitively impaired patients in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. She found that after only 6 months of the combined exercise and cognitive training program brain activity increased in the brain regions responsible for executive functioning and for encoding new memories and NO INCREASED activity in a group of patients who did not complete the combined training program.
Research Paper
Another Research Paper
  • Neuroprotection
    Physical exercise has been shown to increase the rate of growth of new neurons in the brain. Mental exercise helps the survival of those new neurons in the brain. Both physical and mental exercises are the leading treatments of cognitive declince associated with aging.
  • Neurochemicals
    Physical exercise changes the brain chemistry of your brain to improve learning and memory abilities, while mental exercises challenge those cognitive systems to increase efficiency.
  • Aging
    Genius Gyms is both a fun and scientifically-based new way to exercise that allows you to perform both mental and physical exercises simultaneously to increase neuroplasticity in your brain and lead to maximal brain and body performance. Both are necessary to combat neurodegeneration associated with aging. And we have combined them to save you time and optimize the benefits for you.

Case Study – Patient X

After 11 sessions (4 months of 1 session per week) Patient X had improvements on standardized scores of:

  • Verbal short-term memory: 30% increase (30th percentile to 64th percentile)
  • Simple Attention: 21% increase (30th to 77th percentile)
  • Visual long-term memory: 17% increase (79th to 84th percentile)
  • Motor speed: 8% increase (73rd to 88th percentile)
  • Cognitive flexibility: 7% increase (66th to 81st percentile)
  • Executive functioning: 6% increase (68th to 81st percentile)

Emotional Positive Affect

Patient X saw dramatic increases in Alertness, Attention and self accomplishment. This benefits the argument where exercise can aid mental well being and in some cases provide an alternative to medication.

Cognitive Performance

Overall Patient X saw consistent gains across the board especially across Verbal memory, reaction time and speed. Greater gains have been experienced when the user participates in 3 sessions per week. Patient X participated just once a week, below the recommended exposure.

Emotional Negative Affect

Patient X saw a drastic reduction in nervousness, guilt and guilt. Our data across the board illustrates how exercise has many benefits to emotional benefit by exercising the body and brain (amygdala).


Patient X saw a remarkable gain in simple attention with an above average gain. The prefrontal cortex known as the inferior frontal junction (IFJ) controls visual processing areas that are fine tuned for object-based attention, and spatial attention.

Heart Rate Zone

The above illustrates that Patient X’s HR is in the ideal zone for neurotrophic gain relating to the growth of neurons in the brain.

Motor Speed

All of the body’s voluntary movements are controlled by the brain. One of the brain areas most involved in controlling these voluntary movements is the motor cortex. Patient X saw impressive gains helping him with everyday tasks.

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