Epic Brain Fitness, a brain fitness centre in Florida, uses a Cognitive Circuit Training (CCT) program to promote neuroplasticity and accelerated brain fitness.
Epic Brain Fitness, a first of its kind brain fitness centre located in Davie, Florida, has developed an advanced training program that uses a combination of fun activities to engage the participants in cognitive and physical tasks. The program is designed to promote neuroplasticity, the brain's ability to adapt by forming new neural connections in response to new experiences.
The Cognitive Circuit Training (CCT) program used at the centre combines different aspects of brain fitness, including cognitive stimulation, emotional regulation, interaction and physical activity, to improve participants' focus, attention and memory. Using a range of cognitive training tools, the program also improves stress regulation, coordination and balance by challenging participants with visual, auditory and vestibular stimuli. The exercises are designed to engage participants physically, mentally and socially.
The Epic Brain Fitness concept is based on the latest neuroscience research and developed to maximize neuroplasticity benefits and deliver accelerated function gains in the shortest amount of time. The program achieves this by combining cognitive tasks with physical movements. Unlike other brain training games, the ones used at the centre engage participants in an immersive three dimensional environment.
The facility uses state-of-the-art training tools, including Pro-Matts, balance stations, Makoto Arena rooms, and Integrated Listening Systems (ILS). Pro-Matts use multi-planar movement to enhance brainstem and cerebellum activation, while interactive games on balance boards help improve different aspects of executive function: attention, organization, focus and planing. The Makoto Arena uses light and sound to engage participants in games that test their reaction time and improve their executive function and motor skills. The Integrated Listening Systems use sound frequencies to affect participants' cognitive and motor skills, creativity and emotional regulation by transmitting sound through their entire skeletal system.
Before starting the Epic program, participants take a computerized test that measures different aspects of their brain function, including attention, reasoning, executive function, motor and psychomotor speed, cognitive flexibility, processing speed, visual and verbal memory, and reaction time. Once they have completed 15 sessions, participants take another test to compare the results and see the progress they have made. The centre uses CNS Vital Signs, a neurocognitive assessment tool widely used by clinicians and researchers, to track and measure progress.
On average, program participants see an 11% increase in overall cognitive function. The recommended 15 sessions – the minimum amount of training required to deliver significant results – are typically completed within 4 to 6 weeks, with three sessions a week on average. The sessions are one hour long and led by instructors who guide participants through different tasks. The activities require only minimal movement and difficulty levels are adjusted to the user, making the program accessible to people of all ages.
The brain fitness program is beneficial to both the young and the old, as it helps keep their brains sharp and in top working performance. Participants range from young people and athletes looking to improve their focus to seniors looking to prevent cognitive decline. While participants can get results within a relatively short amount of time, just as they would in any regular fitness program, continued sessions are necessary to maintain and keep improving brain function.