In the Studio, testing out the highest quality foods on the Planet is part of what we do everyday. Our team seeks out and samples superfoods that help us rapidly recover from intense Resistance Flexibility training, upgrade tissue health, and accelerate physical development. The Studio kitchen is like the Boston Organic Tasting Laboratory (BOTL) from the future! Bob skates in on his blades with new, wild, and amazing superfood products all the time. Elite Trainers discover their own personal favorites; different Genetic Personality Types (GPT) enjoy different foods. Trying new food with friends is one of my favorite forms of entertainment.

Many new products do not make the cut: they taste like clay, digest poorly, or provide no real benefit. All the failed testing is worth it for the moment that you bite into something that delights your taste buds and heals your body. So, straight from the BOTL, here are my top 12 favorite organic superfoods for a healthy and vibrant 2012:

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BoKu- Superfood Blend

Be careful. BoKu is like the little red pill from the Matrix. It's implausibly packed with nutrient-dense, exotic plant specimens. I remember my first time. One glass of BoKu at dinnertime led me on a journey to undiscoverable waterfalls, unidentifiable jungles, and the blistering dunes of Namibia. I was energized, well fed, and exhilarated from the trip. Do you want to circle the globe in 90 seconds or less?

HealthForce Nutritionals- Vitamin C

Great for winter, and all other seasons, HealthForce Vitamin C is made from 100% pure acerola berry. This is the most natural, nutritious, and dangerously tangy Vitamin C I've ever tasted. Add to a glass of water and whisk for an edgy, sweet, and sour treat. I like to drink it daily, and increase the amount if I feel a cold coming on. HealthForce Vitamin C has saved me from catching many colds.

Moon in the Pond Farm & Local Organic Farmer's Market or CSA

My quest for the freshest and most nutrient-dense food on the Planet begins with a trip to the local organic farmer's market in Copley Square and my favorite farm, Moon in the Pond Farm in Sheffield, Mass. I love knowing the people that grow my food. Some staples include arugula, basil, carrots, beets, rosemary, oregano, fresh meats, raw cheese, raw milk, and the list goes on. Science proves the extraordinary nutritional benefits of eating same-day picked fruits and vegetables: Much of the vitamin, mineral, and micronutrient content available from vegetables is lost just 72 hours after harvest.

Dominic, owner of Moon in the Pond Farm, shows off his amazing raw milk cheeses.

Olivas de Oro - Olive Oil

I've tasted many organic olive oils in my life, but nothing comes close to award winning, estate grown Olivas de Oro. Its rich flavor makes a plain egg come to life. The company also produces flavored olive oils; garlic and orange disappear quickly in the Studio! The anti-inflammatory, cardioprotective, anti-cancer benefits of olive oil have been demonstrated in hundreds of clinical studies worldwide.

Sunfood Nutrition- Botija Olives

These raw gems turn olive haters into olive addicts. Picked at the peak of their ripeness, pitted, and simply dried in the Peruvian sun, Sunfood botija olives taught me not to eat jarred or canned olives. Sunfood's dried mango is also one of my favorite snacks.

Harmless Harvest - 100% Raw Coconut Water

If you've ever cut open a raw coconut to quench your thirst, then bottled coconut waters are guaranteed to disgust you. Only one exception. Harmless Harvest's taste approaches the level of coconut freshness you'll find lying on a wild Costa Rican beach. This special liquid is truly raw and never heated! Our athletes love drinking raw coconut water to restore blood electrolytic balance instead of Gatorade or other unhealthy, fructose-filled sports drinks.

Villa Manodori - Balsamic Vinegar

This vivid balsamic is like a salad-friendly black and white film. Aged for decades in oak, chestnut, and juniper barrels, Villa Manodori is produced by famous chef Massimo Bottura, owner of the Osteria Francescana restaurant in Modena, Italy. Balsamic vinegar can help improve digestion and metabolism by increasing pepsin activity in the stomach. Activated pepsin accelerates the separation of proteins into free amino acids.

Me enjoying some local, wild Concord grapes and raspberries.

Shiloh Farms- Sprouted Quinoa

I feel much better from eating the gluten-free diet that I started three weeks ago. Cutting out the small amount of wheat that was in my diet has accelerated my physical development, helped me lose weight, and given me more energy for intense aerobic workouts. Quinoa is now my go to food, and Shiloh Farms sprouted quinoa is my favorite. An ancient South American superfood, quinoa was called 'the Gold of the Incas,' and for many good reasons. Quinoa is a complete protein, high in iron and calcium, and packed with manganese, magnesium, and copper. I first encountered Shiloh Farms at the 2009 Expo East food show in Boston. The people were very nice, and the company has expanded rapidly over the past two years. You can find their products in many Whole Foods Markets.

Living Fuel- Superberry Original and Ultimate

Look no further for Olympic-level superfood magic. Nothing at GNC comes close to the organic, wildcrafted, and all natural blend that's available in Living Fuel. Loaded with superfoods, protein, enzymes, probiotics, animo acids, herbs, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, Living Fuel is available in several varieties. I like to use Superberry Ultimate as a total meal replacement and Superberry Original as an afternoon snack. Both give me sustained energy, and for optimum results I avoid eating food within an hour of drinking these nutritional powerhouses. Our athletes love Living Fuel!

Kopali Organics- Goldenberries and Mulberries

If you have a sweet tooth, many of the nutrient-dense superfoods above can help calm your cravings. When I want something sweet, I often turn to Kopali Organics Goldenberries and Mulberries. Both of these ancient treat berries are rich in bioflavonoids, vitamins, and minerals. Kopali was launched at an off-the-grid farm and sustainability center in Costa Rica. Cool! I plan to visit and work with them on my vacation this month.

Using his big guns, Chris assists Lauren with a bent leg hamstring stretch.

The Herbal Answer- AloeForce

Take a shot with me. A shot of pure, raw aloe. Drinking the aloe-herb blend produced by AloeForce was the best thing I did for my digestive system in 2011. Raw aloe contains unique polysaccharides that can cleanse the digestive system and improve immune system functionality. I find that it works best in small amounts; dose recommendations are available on their website.

Some of these fabulous 12 superfoods could be just the fuel that your body needs to reach a new level of health, performance, and vitality in 2012. Combined with Resistance Flexibility training, a diet rich in healthy superfoods can dramatically upgrade your tissue health and overall well-being. Best wishes for a super fit year!

I'm following the 2011 United Nations Climate Change Summit, and here's my question: In the midst of a million ideas to make Earth sustainable and reduce carbon emissions, did the United Nations leave out the most important sustainability concept on the entire Planet? If you care about the sustainability of Earth or the human race, then this article is for you. If you eat McDonald's, watch FOX News, drive a Hummer, or embrace an Android phone, then you should stop reading immediately, because (and this is a WARNING to proceed with caution) you are not reading an article, but a personal, Survivor-level challenge, and a delicious mental injection of...you guessed it, 100% organic sustainability extract. So, grab yourself a cold kombucha, or other pure essence beverage, and let's go...

I think it’s time for a ‘new’ concept of sustainability. People matter. You matter! The sustainability X Factor missing at the UN Climate Change Summit is amazingly sustainable people, and recognition of individual sustainability. Yes, that's right, let's talk about the individuals and how to help each and every one of them. You wouldn't hire a group of folks that weigh 400 pounds each to tackle the global problem of malnutrition and fast food, so why ask unsustainable people to make the Planet a more a sustainable place? For the past seventeen years, UN Climate Change Summits have attracted some of the world's most brilliant scientists, activists, politicians, and business innovators. The time is now for us to ask: How sustainable are the individuals that wish to create a more sustainable Planet, and how sustainable would they need to be to have a real impact?

The 2011 UN Climate Change Summit is in Durban, South Africa

In South Africa, the science of sustainability is in season. The country's mangoes sweeten as the air heats up, and climate change experts and activists accumulate in the diverse port city of Durban. On Saturday, thousands of protestors rallied outside the Summit's primary conference venue as part of an organized citywide march. Bishop Jeff Davies of the Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute explained their purpose. "It's calling for a sustainable future...and we've actually got to act urgently, so that we put this planet back onto a sustainable path."

How can we make our Planet sustainable? The voguish marketing of 'sustainability' evokes powerful images of windmills, electric cars, and solar panels. A Twitter search reveals that every company, special event, celebrity, politician, and hipster on the Planet wants to associate with the #sustainability movement.

How many times have you seen companies use an image like this to promote their products and services as sustainable? Are they invested in their own?

The problem is that few of the people and businesses attached to 'sustainability' actively invest in their own. Yes, here’s where the personal challenge begins...

Two months ago in London, Christine Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, delivered a powerful presentation to Al Gore and other climate change business leaders. "In our battle toward sustainability," she said, "we too must be principled leaders. Your leadership is essential to pave the road toward sustainability." In this case, principled leaders must be sustainable leaders, if they are to affect global sustainability. Here is the challenge that presents itself to Ms. Figueres, attendees of the 2011 United Nations Climate Change Summit, and people everywhere that want to increase the sustainability of our Planet: Accelerate global sustainability by increasing your personal sustainability and the sustainability of your associates.

Here are the Top 7 UN Sustainability Secrets that could catalyze a dramatic shift in personal and planetary sustainability, and reduce carbon emissions worldwide:

  1. Eat Organic and Local Food: Organic, local agriculture is more sustainable than conventional agriculture, and organic food contains more nutrition. Take organic, plant-based vitamins and supplements specific to your body.
  2. Wear Organic Clothes: Conventional cotton, like that grown in India and China, is highly toxic, unsustainable, and kills many of the people that farm it. Organic cotton, wool, and hemp are excellent choices. Some of my favorites are Ibex, Livity, and Patagonia.
  3. Resistance FlexibilityTM to Remove Excess Fascia: The sustainability of the body is paramount and affects all other aspects of a person. Removing excess fascia from the body can cause extraordinary physical, analytical, spiritual, and emotional personal upgrades, and can dramatically enhance a person's ability to lead and affect global change. At the Genius of Flexibility Studio in Boston, we specialize in using Resistance FlexibilityTM to develop people in all ways. SEE VIDEO: Founder Bob Cooley presents some foundational concepts of Resistance Flexibility.
  4. Drive Electric Cars or Take Public Transportation: Send a message to the oil companies that they can't kill the electric car. Let’s do our part to move toward sustainable transportation systems.
  5. Environmentally Friendly Living: Make our houses and apartments as eco-friendly as possible and stay in eco-friendly hotels when traveling.
  6. Invite and Collaborate with Organic and Eco-Innovators and Entrepreneurs: Some of the most environmentally conscious entrepreneurs are brilliant idea people, and they should be supported to attend the UN Climate Change Summits.
  7. Prohibit Unsustainable Businesses and Individuals from Sponsoring or Attending the Summit: Let's cut out the individuals and companies that are holding us back and driving sustainability in the wrong direction. We should work to introduce disruptive, useful, and successful ideas that shut them down, and not allow the holders of old ideas to hang around- even if they bring financial support.
Let's create a Planet filled with amazingly sustainable people. We are the X Factor.

We've added a new page to the website: Poems About the Types. Read some of Bob's latest words on the 16 genetic personality types...

Once you know about types,
for the rest of your life,
anytime you meet anyone,
you will always think and forever be unable not to think,
the indelible question:
"What type is this person?"

Read more...

Christopher Dolan is a professional golfer that began working with Bob Cooley and the RFST Elite Trainers in November of 2010 at The Genius of Flexibility Center in Boston, MA. He came to us to improve his flexibility, golf swing, and overall level of fitness. However, he left with another major change after working with us for four days.

For years Chris could not get a good nights sleep. In fact, he could not remember the last time he had woken up feeling rested. Chris started tracking his quality of sleep on an iPad app called Sleep Cycle two months prior to his visit. The app helped him discover that he was never getting consistent deep sleep.

This all changed after doing RFST...

Christopher Dolan's Sleep Patterns Before RFST

This is a two week sample of Christopher Dolan's typical sleep cycle before working with Bob Cooley and the Elite Trainers.

You can see that the longest stretch of deep restorative sleep he had was for two hours (07-08 [Mon]) with the average sleep period being 30 minutes.

Christopher Dolan's Sleep Patterns After RFST

Chris had a total of four private sessions with Bob Cooley and the Elite Trainers during his stay in Boston; one each day with the first on Friday the 19th and the last on Monday the 22nd.

Thanks to RFST, Chris had five consecutive hours of deep sleep on the third night, according to the Sleep Cycle app. The longest period of consecutive deep sleep he had before working with Bob and the Elite Trainers was two hours. He averaged more than three consecutive hours of deep sleep per night during his stay whereas before he averaged only 30 minutes. The following charts show the remarkable change in Christopher's sleep pattern duing his three night stay in Boston.

In His Own Words

Words could not describe my excitement for the changes I was going to see in my flexibility and overall level of health when I decided to begin working with Bob and his group of Elite Trainers. However, the one thing I never thought of was that they could change how I sleep. For years I tried everything from sleeping pills to sleep studies to herbal treatments. I changed mattresses, pillows... basically whatever I could try - I did - and nothing changed the fact that I would still wake up exhausted. Until I worked with Bob. I am now waking up rested and wanting to get out of bed for the first time in as long as I can remember. We did not aim to address my sleeping problem... it was just another amazing benefit of this amazing work.

— Christopher Dolan

Professional Golfer
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