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Learn the science and mechanisms behind HRV and how to apply it in real-world situations.
“Foundations of Heart Rate Variability” Course
3.5+ hours of video content
On Demand lectures – go at your own pace
Immediate, lifetime access
Private Q&A Webinars With Instructors
Downloadable slides, HRV cheat sheets, and reference guides
Interactive portal with optional discussions and knowledge checks
Desktop, laptop, and mobile friendly
Official Certificate of Completion
The “Foundations of Heart Rate Variability” course covers the foundational science and practical application of Heart Rate Variability with a focus on data that is available to the general population. The course includes over three and a half hours of video content in easy-to-digest modules as well as cheat sheets, reference documents, Q&A webinars, access to the course instructors, and a certificate of completion – all via an easy to use course portal.
After completing this course, you will know:
- The different states of stress, their physiological effects, and how they link to Heart Rate Variability.
- The different branches of the Autonomic Nervous System and their connection to Heart Rate Variability.
- Biological mechanisms that influence Heart Rate Variability such as the Vagus Nerve function.
- The different types of Heart Rate Variability measurements, how to accurately and consistently measure Heart Rate Variability, and what external factors can influence a measurement.
- The different types of heart rate monitors and the pros and cons of each type of device.
- Different HRV analysis methods including Time Domain, Frequency Domain, and Non-linear analysis.
- Age, gender, and other demographic considerations that affect Heart Rate Variability.
- The link between Heart Rate Variability and health, disease, and illness.
- Nutritional and environmental influences on Heart Rate Variability.
- HRV’s strategic uses in optimizing training and physical performance including different trends to look for when customizing and optimizing training programs.
- The link between Heart Rate Variability and emotional health and the uses of HRV in treating emotional and mental health conditions.
- Different methods for optimizing and increasing Heart Rate Variability.
- How to incorporate HRV analysis and consulting into your business offering.
What course users are saying about the course!
For anyone that is interested in HRV and its applications I strongly suggest this course. It is a great starting point to deepen your understanding of both the theory and application. Jason Moore and Greg Elliott did a great job with all of the material – including the videos.Alessandro Ferretti
This is a wonderful overview of the fundamentals of HRV, with the right balance between theory and practice, and comprehensibility and complexity.Chip R.
I thoroughly enjoyed this course, and finally found all the answers I had been wondering about all the different measurements! I am interested in HRV in relation to stress levels for health applications, and also how I can use it in my practice. This foundations course provided a great foundation for me to feel comfortable using HRV now with my patients. Thank you!!!Kelly Busby, D.O.
Nice job designing the course! The delivery, video content, and handouts were excellent. I look forward to the advanced course.Dr. K. Celiano
Exceptional in content and presentation. Highly recommend.Dr. Paul Weinhold
Really good course, which, despite not being very technically minded IT-wise, and never having done an online course before, I’ve found relatively straightforward to interface with. Any queries were dealt with extremely quickly and efficiently, and the general tone of the presenters I’ve found to be very friendly, which makes a big difference. Video presentations were excellent, and not too polished (which can be off-putting), and coordinated well with the knowledge checks and handouts. The whole course felt very well put-together, and I’d be happy to do the Advanced course.Bob W.
Who should take this course?
- Health Practitioners
- Sports Scientists
- Strength & Conditioning Coaches
- Personal Trainers
- Rehabilitation Specialists
- Health and Fitness Consultants
- Psychological or Psychiatric Therapists
- Recovery Therapists
- First Responder Organizations
- Quantified Self Enthusiasts
- Anyone wanting to learn more about Heart Rate Variability and how to apply the technology to improve their health and performance.
Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Approved Provider
Earn 0.3 CEUs by completing the Foundations of Heart Rate Variability course
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Approved Provider
Earn 1.1 CEUs by completing the Foundations of Heart Rate Variability course
The “Foundations of Heart Rate Variability” home study course is broken into easy to follow video modules with optional knowledge checks and reference handouts for each section to help you re-affirm your learning as you progress through the course.
The Science of Stress
Stress & Homeostasis
Understanding stress and its physiological impacts is crucial for understanding the connection between Heart Rate Variability and the body. This module will cover the basics of stress and the important process of Homeostasis (the process of maintaining balance).
Allostasis is the adaptive process to maintain homeostasis. Allostasis and allostatic load are important concepts to understand in relation to HRV because the body’s ability to properly adapt will reflect in a person’s absolute and relative HRV. This module elaborates on the previous topic of stress and Homeostasis by delving into Allostasis and providing some biological examples.
General & Individual Stress Response
General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS) is the foundation the short-term and long-term physiological effects of stress on the body. It is an important concept to understand when using HRV guided training. Individual response to stress can affect individual stress and recovery patterns seen HRV trending analysis. We cover both GAS and individual stress response in this module to lay a good foundation for understanding the body’s stress and recovery states reflected in HRV.
HRV and the Autonomic Nervous System
Introducing Heart Rate Variability
This module introduces Heart Rate Variability, explains why it exists, reviews its history and present day uses, and covers the mechanisms that cause Heart Rate Variability.
The Autonomic Nervous System
The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is a division of the nervous system that controls the subconscious processes in the body. Heart Rate Variability is the most accurate, non-invasive measure of the ANS. This section of the course dives deeper into the two ANS branches that reflect in HRV: Parasympathetic (responsible for rest and recovery processes) and Sympathetic (responsible for flight or flight stress response).
The Vagus Nerve
The Vagus Nerve is a cranial nerve that connects the brain to the heart, lungs, intestines, and many other organs. Heart rate variability directly measures the vagus nerve input on the heart. This module explains more about the Vagus Nerve function and connection to HRV. We also discuss the Baroreceptor Reflex’s influence on the Vagus Nerve and therefore HRV as well as Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia and its affects on HRV.
Measuring Heart Rate Variability
This module focuses on how to accurately and consistently measure your Heart Rate Variability. Some important topics we cover include: selecting a measurement duration, how frequently to measure HRV, taking measurements during rest vs. active states, different measuring positions, the affects of breathing patterns on a measurement, taking group measurements, and the different types of devices and HR monitors used for measuring HRV.
Analyzing Heart Rate Variability Values
In this module, we discuss the different ways to analyze Heart Rate Variability measurements including Time-Domain, Frequency Domain, and Non-linear analysis methods. We cover the calculations of each method, what the indices and values mean, and the physiological mechanisms that affect each. We also review how to effectively trend HRV measurements over short-term and long-term events, the importance of contextualizing your HRV data with lifestyle factors, and the use cases for live HRV biofeedback.
The Practical Application
HRV & Demographics
Demographic factors such as age, gender, fitness level, and others can all affect Heart Rate Variability. Therefore it is important to analyze people’s HRV within their demographic in order to get an accurate comparison. In this section, we review some research showing the effects of age, gender, and fitness level on HRV as well as some other important considerations. We also provide a useful reference document breaking down average HRV metrics for each demographic.
HRV & Physical Health
Heart Rate Variability is a validated measure of health and longevity. In this module, we discuss how HRV indices have been correlated to the majority of the leading causes of death. We also cover how HRV is a non-invasive bio-marker that can be used to see health status and monitor treatment progression.
HRV & Nutrition & Environment
Nutritional and environmental factors are important for overall health. In this module, we discuss how Heart Rate Variability can be used to identify inflammation response from nutritional and environmental stressors. We also review some examples and studies linking Heart Rate Variability to nutritional and environmental stressors.
HRV & Physical Performance
One of the most common applications for Heart Rate Variability is by coaches and athletes to optimize training programs. This is because HRV is the best objective measure of an individual’s fitness level and is key for understanding an athlete’s recovery status. In this section, we cover the different HRV indices in relation to training stress and recovery status. We discuss how to identify over-training, under-training, and functional over-reaching conditions. We also go over the different training factors that affect HRV and some basic guidelines for tailoring training using HRV data.
HRV & Emotional Health
Emotional and mental health is just as important as physical health to an individual’s overall well-being and performance. In this module, we review several example case studies demonstrating how HRV analysis and HRV biofeedback training can be used to successfully identify and treat different emotional and mental conditions such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
HRV & Recovery
Rest and recovery are crucial for achieving health and performance goals. In this sections, we review the importance of recovery, how to identify recovery states using HRV trending, and different active recovery techniques to expedite recovery.
HRV Optimization Checklist
After learning about the demographic factors that influence HRV and seeing how you compare to your demographic, it might be necessary to take action to improve your HRV. In this module, we briefly cover the different lifestyle factors that can affect HRV and should be looked at when trying to optimize your HRV and therefore health.
HRV for your Business
Many coaches, personal trainers, consultants, health practitioners, rehabilitation specialists, and first-responder organizations are already utilizing HRV monitoring to optimize their programs. This module is intended for people looking to implement Heart Rate Variability analysis into their business offering. We discuss how integrating HRV analysis and coaching services can differentiate your business and can provide a better experience for your clients. HRV guidance can help you create an individualized approach for your clients that increases client participation, results, and satisfaction. We also offer tips on analyzing common HRV trends, utilizing HRV consultations, and how to use HRV in group training.
Meet the Instructors
Jason is the Founder of Elite HRV, the Heart Rate Variability platform now used by Olympians, pro sports, doctors, research organizations, and over 80,000 health and performance seekers.
Jason has been researching and using HRV technology for 5 years. Through active collaboration with the aforementioned groups, Jason is continuously exposed to the latest scientific research and methods for how to make the best use of Heart Rate Variability and other biomarkers.
He has been invited to present his findings at a number of venues: The Scottish High Performance Sports Forum, Ancestral Health Symposium, Paleo f(x), Oakland Children’s Hospital; and for data systems design: Enterprise Asset Manage SAP-Centric, ASUG Sapphire, SAP Best Practices for Oil & Gas and many more.
Jason has also personally helped thousands of people and hundreds of organizations implement Heart Rate Variability into their life or practice. Prior to founding Elite HRV, Jason designed large scale data analysis systems for the Oil & Gas Industry with a focus was on making complex data actionable and useful; his success led him to travel the globe speaking about and implementing his solutions. During this time, Jason was also a coach and personal trainer for health, fitness and sports and helped open a high-end training facility in San Antonio, TX. He truly enjoys teaching others how to improve their health and performance and be their best possible self. Jason has a BA in Information Systems and Operations from Texas A&M University.
Degrees & Certifications
Bachelor of Business Administration – Information Systems (Texas A&M University)
- Elite HRV: Founder, CEO, Head of R&D, 2014-present
- Health & Performance Consultant, 2012-2015
- Marathon Oil Corporation: Systems Designer & Information Systems Educator – Large Scale Equipment Maintenance Management Software, 2009-2015
- Efficient Exercise: Personal Trainer & opened new training facility, 2012-2013
- CrossFit Coach: 2011-2013
- Organizer Ancestral Health Group Houston/San Antonio: 2011-2015
- Scottish High Performance Sports Forum: Quantifying Recovery in High Performance Athletes, 2015
- PGFit Guest Lectures: Tailoring Training Load for Health-focused Clients, 2015
- Ancestral Health Symposium: Allostatic Load and Heart Rate Variability, 2013
- Paleo f(x): Theory to Practice: Biohacker’s Panel, 2014
- Paleo f(x): Theory to Practice: Identifying Nutrition Plans That Work, 2013
- A multitude of webinars and podcasts on Heart Rate Variability and related topics
- SAP Best Practices for Oil & Gas: User Experience Development, 2012, 2014
- Enterprise Asset Management SAP-Centric: Enhancing Decision Making With The Right Data, 2013, 2014
- SAP SAPPHIRE: Data Acquisition and Display With Mobile Platforms, 2013
Greg is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Kinesiologist, and Osteopath in training. He completed his Master’s of Science in Exercise Science at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where he attended on a basketball scholarship.
Greg currently consults with hospitals, universities, clinics and professional sports organizations through his private practice: G-Tech Health & Performance. He specializes in quantification of and systemization of patient improvement and has been making heavy use of Heart Rate Variability analysis with his clients for 3 years.
Greg is passionate about leveraging technology the right way in the fields of exercise science, rehabilitation and manual therapy. In his practice, he regularly assists clients with everything from chronic diseases and illnesses to improving the systemic condition of professional athletes. He is currently expanding his knowledge through the Osteopathic Manual Practice from the Canadian School of Osteopathy Manual Practice (CSO) in Vancouver, CA.
Degrees & Certifications
- Masters of Science of Exercise Science (Bloomsburg University)
- Bachelors of Science of Exercise Science (Bloomsburg University)
- American College of Sports Medicine Clinical Exercise Physiologist
- Precision Nutrition Level 1
- Functional Movement Screen Level 2
- BioForce HRV Pro Trainer
- Exercise Physiologist at Fit To Train Human Performance Systems
- Exercise Physiologist at Copeman Healthcare Centre
- Founder of G-Tech Health & Performance
- MARC ACSM conference 2013
- Superhuman summit 2015
Easy to Use Portal
Learn at your own pace with the easy to use course portal available on desktop and mobile devices. Also, track your progress, download the handouts, contact the instructors, and join group discussions all from within the course portal.
To help make it easy for you to apply the knowledge you’ll learn in The Foundations of Heart Rate Variability course, we’ve also included handy Cheat Sheets for quick reminders of the most frequently needed information including definitions.
In addition to the core video content, The Foundations of Heart Rate Variability course also includes a variety of extras to help you put the principles you’ll learn in the core modules into practice right away. These include: quick reference handouts for each module, an HRV optimization checklist, resource lists, and access to Q&A Webinars with the instructors.
Certificate of Completion
You have the option to receive a Certificate of Completion and continuing education units (CEUs). To receive the certificate, you will have to complete all sections of the course and score 80% or better on the final exam. This is a great way to show your clients your continual pursuit of education.
Get lifetime access to “Foundations of Heart Rate Variability” Course
Once you purchase the course, you will get immediate access to the course content via a password-protected website.
You will have lifetime access to all future updates of the content and bonuses, as well as exclusive offers for other products and services.
If you’re not completely satisfied with the content of the course within 30 days of your purchase date, simply contact customer support. We’ll refund 100% of your payment with no hassle.
Note: After finishing the course and downloading the official course Certificate of Completion, full refunds are no longer offered.
How this course could make you money
If you are a personal trainer or health consultant, then you know that it is important to set yourself apart from your competition. Providing HRV analysis and coaching services to your clients and team members is a great opportunity to differentiate your organization and even add additional revenue streams for your business.
Data driven, visible progress increases client satisfaction and participation. This has allowed many coaches and health practices alike to raise prices, add HRV-based consultation services, and expand group offerings.
Level 2 Courses Coming Soon
Advanced HRV and Health Course
- Intended for health practitioners, health coaches, psychological and psychiatric therapists, rehabilitation specialists, and anyone wanting to understand the deeper connection between Heart Rate Variability and health.
- This course will include more review of research studies linking HRV to diseases and illnesses, case studies, and tips for using HRV analysis to recognize health status and guide treatment. Some topics that will be covered in relation to HRV:
- Nutritional, Environmental, Emotional, Physical health factors
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Different types of arrhythmias
- Blood Pressure
- Autoimmune diseases
Advanced HRV and Physical Performance Course
- Intended for coaches, personal trainers, rehabilitation specialists and therapists, recreational and professional athletes looking to optimize their training program, improve their performance, and get ahead.
- This course will cover the different stages of training and how HRV is reflected in each stage. We will provide tips on HRV analysis trending methods, how to recognize undertraining and overtraining using contextualized HRV analysis, and how to use HRV analysis to create an optimized training program. Some topics that will be covered in relation to HRV:
- Endurance training
- Strength and Power training
- Functional over-reaching
- Group or team training
- Recovery methods
The suggestions made in this course do not constitute individual medical advice or consultation, nor can we guarantee any result or outcome from following these suggestions. Instead, The Foundations of Heart Rate Variability Course provides educational content on the science behind heart rate variability and its practical application to maximize your chances of using HRV to improve your health, performance, or business offering.