Improve your ability to think flexibly!
What is cognitive flexibility?
Flexibility is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as "the ability to change to adapt to different circumstances."
Much attention is given to this ability in the physical context - the Master Flexibility Trainer course will show you how to become an expert in improving people's ability to change the positions of their joints - but little attention is given to the ability to change one's opinion about something.
The formal name for this ability in a mental context is "cognitive flexibility," and developing it allows you to consider diverse sources of information while deciding on how to adapt your problem-solving skills when the context changes or new information becomes available.
Stated alternatively, cognitive flexibility is the ability to spontaneously restructure your knowledge as an adaptive response to radically-changing situational demands.
The case for cognitive flexibility education
Core skills and competencies of cognitive flexibility - often called "critical thinking" - forms a key part of the Master Flexibility Trainer curriculum, and it was deemed necessary because the health and fitness space is cluttered with misunderstanding, misinformation, and outright myths.
Bad information leads to bad training decisions, which ultimately leads to stagnation, regression, and even potential injury. Every coach owes it to their clients - and to themselves - to actively work on their ability to take on board new information and critically appraise claims against the current body of evidence.
The critical thinking lessons have proven to be one of the most popular aspects of the Master Flexibility Trainer course, and these elements are now being developed into a full-length course in its own right, which will be released in the second half of 2022.
However, courses take time to build, and there is a pressing need to educate members of the health and fitness public on ways they can improve their own ability to apply logic, appraise evidence, and critically analyse claims for accuracy and reliability.
This free 90-minute webinar will introduce you to the subject of cognitive flexibility, it will present you with examples of common tricks that people use to distract you from the holes in their arguments, and it will give you exercises that you can start using immediately to strengthen your cognitive flexibility.
Who is presenting the webinar?
Dan Van Zandt is the owner and administrator of Flexibility Research, an educational platform that delivers science-based information on flexibility training.
Dan has been immersed in the research and teaching of the subject since 1998, including delivering lectures to prestigious universities around the world.
He has developed a name for himself on social media by challenging the rising anti-stretching and anti-flexibility bias that has emerged in recent years, and frequently dismantles opposing arguments through the application of logic and reason.
As much as he takes pride in helping other coaches and trainers understand the science of flexibility training, one of his favourite experiences as an educator is seeing his students find their own voice and stand on their own two feet by actively challenging some of the biggest social media accounts that perpetuate myths.
You can find out more about Dan by clicking here.
How do I join the webinar?
Click the 'sign me up' button below and provide your email address.
The Zoom link for both sessions (8:00 AM and 8:00 PM) will be sent in an email on the day.
Both sessions will be teaching the same content, so you can choose to attend whichever time suits you best.
A recording of the sessions will be emailed afterwards for you to watch on replay for 48 hours afterwards.
Please note that the sessions will be held at UK time (UTC+1), so be sure to check the timings relative to your local time zone if you live outside the UK.