Research & Science

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 separately.

Papers Published
View Dr. McEwen's published research
Dr. McEwen and her colleagues at UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences examined the effects of a simultaneous exercise and compensatory memory training program in older adults with memory impairments. In this randomized controlled trial they found that after only 4 weeks (2 sessions week) of simultaneous exercise and cognitive training memory performance was significantly increased in the simultaneous exercise and memory training group but not in a matched control group how did the exercise and then memory training separately.
Simultaneous Exercise and Cognitive Training Science
  • 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.

Published Papers

Genius Gyms: Developed from evidence-based research in cognitive neuroscience

  • Scientific research on the benefits of exercise and cognitive training:
    • Effects of simultaneous cognitive and aerobic exercise training on dual-task walking performance in healthy older adults: results from a pilot randomized controlled trial


  • Combined physical and cognitive training for older adults with and without cognitive impairment: A systematic review and network meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
  • Does multicomponent physical exercise with simultaneous cognitive training boost cognitive performance in older adults? A 6-month randomized controlled trial with a 1-year follow-up


Alzheimer’s disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Cognitive Aging

  • Simultaneous Aerobic Exercise and Memory Training Program in Older Adults with Subjective Memory Impairments
  • A systems-biology clinical trial of a personalized multimodal lifestyle intervention for early Alzheimer's disease
  • Mobile technology-based simultaneous aerobic exercise and cognitive skills training intervention (mSIM) for older adults with amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment (aMCI)

Parkinson’s Disease


  • A Combined Exercise and Cognitive Training Intervention Induces Fronto-Cingulate Cortical Plasticity in First-Episode Psychosis Patients
  • Aerobic Exercise Enhances Cognitive Training Effects in First Episode Schizophrenia: Randomized Clinical Trial Demonstrates Cognitive and Functional Gains.