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The Genius of Flexibility Trainers

Becoming Flexible In All Ways

The hallmark of The Genius of Flexibility's training programs when compared to other modalities is our priority on improving the health of the trainer. Resistance Flexibility (RF) places enormous and unprecedented physical demands on the practitioner. Our trainers are assisted in their stretching on a regular basis to remove this occupational stress, create dramatic improvements in all aspects of their health, and develop them beyond their normal conditioning.

We believe that the best measure of success for our trainers is not simply their level of skill when assisting others, but rather how developed they are themselves - physically, psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually. This ensures that the health of our team does not degrade at the expense of those we aim to help, which is a common pitfall in the healing field. We believe the trainer must first embody the changes possible through RF before they will be able to provide an optimal RF experience for others.

Follow our trainers as we chronicle their development and feature status updates, video footage, and interviews.

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Bob Cooley
Founder & President

Bob Cooley is internationally known as an expert on biomechanical flexibility and strength, and its relation to physiological and psychological health, authoring: The Genius of Flexibility — The smart way to stretch and strengthen your body (Simon and Schuster 2005) and Resistance Flexibility 1.0 (2016). He is also known for his GPT theories and research, authoring: The 16 Geniuses — Sixteen Genetic Personality Types (forthcoming).

Bob Cooley is conducting clinical and research in two major forms of action research fields: physical therapy and rehabilitation, and sixteen genetic personality types (GPT). He is the founder and president of The Genius of Flexibility Centers, the developer of Resistance Flexibility Technologies (RFT), and founder and president of the Genetic Personality Type Foundation (GPTF) in Boston Massachusetts.

Through action research in biomechanics, Bob Cooley discovered Resistance Flexibility Technology (RFT). Flexibility is commonly thought as being dependent on muscles and other tissues but he identified that fascia controls the flexibility and developed RFT that eliminates accumulated dense fascia and scar tissue (ADFST) resulting in immediate, cumulative and permanent increases in flexibility. This technology is based on the principle that resisting and contracting while stretching eliminates ADFST that resulted from traumas, whether physical, emotional, spiritual, or psychological.

Bob Cooley's current research in the exact sciences concerning biomechanics and fascia processes consists of (1) endoscope study of methods for removing accumulated dense fascia and scar tissue with Dr. Guimberteau, a pioneer in vivo human cinematography and computer modeling of fascia at the Institute Aquitain de la Main, and Director of Research at the Societe Francaise de Chirurgie Platique Reconstructrive et Estehetique; (2) comparative controlled studies of RFT versus traditional flexibility methods with Kris Kruse Elliot at The Genius of Flexibility Biomechanics Research Institute.

Bob Cooley trains the best of the best in athletic and artistic performers, the world's billionaires, and the severely damaged. He has also developed a new head-up free-style swim stroke (The AirStroke Freestyle™), in order to eliminate "swimmer's shoulder," and increase freestyle speed. He has appeared on GMA, NBC, and Fox, and has been featured in articles in NY Times, Sports Illustrated, Self, Elle, Outside Magazines, and professional TCM medical journals.

In the psychological realm, Bob Cooley's groundbreaking research is identifying 16 Genetic Personality Types (GPT) on the genome. The five major principles of his GPT Theory: (1) each individual has a quantifiable set of pervasive personality high/low traits, predisposition; (2) GPT respond differently to diet, medicines, and external environment determined by genome variations with molecular correlates; (3) GPT exhibit striking differentiable differences with respect to biochemical and hematological parameters at genome wide expression levels; (4) GPT have concomitant organ and tissue markers; (5) GPT have definable interrelationships with other GPT; (5) the individual's basic constitution is defined by their type. The Types Project headed by Nick Ware is leading this genome research in cooperation with other non-profit genome research institutes.

The GPT findings as Bob Cooley has mapped and theorized them constitute a human phenomenological system of enormous complexity, subtlety, interrelationships, and individual variation. Bob Cooley is still developing GPT theory, its applications for psychology, medicine, marketing, politics, nutrition, and cultural communications. A mathematical formulation for defining interpersonal relationships has occurred.

Bob Cooley received his BS in Education from Adelphi University 1971. He did post undergraduate work in Biophysical Studies at Maryland University and graduate study in the Exercise Science in the Exercise Science Department at University of Massachusetts, working with Stanley Plagenhoef on human biomechanical computer analysis of human motion. He taught mathematics at University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMA), receiving Teacher of the Year Award there, and directed Williams College's Quantitative Reasoning Program for four years. He has been developing and teaching RFT and GPT since 1991. Bob Cooley was born in DC and lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where he directs the Genius of Flexibility Center and its associated organizations.

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Tom Longo
West Coast Director & Certified Instructor
Tom Longo is the most experienced Resistance Stretching trainer in the San Francisco Bay Area. A certified Resistance Stretching Instructor for almost 25 years, he is co-founder of StretchWorks, located near San Francisco, where he offers group classes and individual private sessions. From 1992 to 2000 Tom trained and taught with Bob Cooley, the... read more
Luther Bryan Cowden
Certified Elite Trainer / Director of Technology
"Stretch. Get stretched. Stretch others." That's my motto when it comes to Resistance Flexibility. How did I get so lucky? The circumstances that led me to meet Bob and begin my Resistance Flexibility practice were out of the ordinary. It was in the Phoenix airport on Christmas Eve of 2002 where I had a random conversation with a stranger who... read more
Nick Ware
Certified Elite Trainer / Director of Research
I've been interested in the body, nutrition and health creation for a long time. It started in high school. I tried many different training methods and diets to upgrade my performance in soccer, baseball and golf. In college, I dove deeper and continued to train and compete while studying Human Biology at Dartmouth. I interned with former U.S.... read more
Kate Rabinowitz
Certified Intern
Noel Christensen
Certified Elite Trainer
I have always held a lifelong love for the body. Throughout my life I have pursued, studied personally and helped others in competitive athletics and personal fitness training, massage therapy, meditation, and yoga. As a student of Bob Cooley and Resistance Flexibility, I see how this work enhances our efforts to truly access our body in a... read more
Samuel Camburn
Certified Elite Trainer
After a lifetime of searching for more complete answers of the body and mind I have finally found what I was looking for and so much more. Resistance Flexibility is the missing link. I have spent countless hours trying to reprogram movement patterns only to get to a half satisfied state of redundancy. When I found Bob's work I fell in love and... read more
Karen Mason
Certified Affiliate Intern
Chris Pearsall
Certified Elite Trainer
This work is unlike anything I have experienced. Whether you're thinking it's your "thing" or not, I am SURE it is capable of creating changes quickly, on all levels of development, starting with the vast physical changes to the tissue and bio-mechanics, to the emotional, psychological and spiritual. I was guided through a series of... read more
Affiliate Certification Training

The Genius of Flexibility’s Affiliate Certification Training is is open to all ages, abilities, and levels of experience. The only prerequisite is an interest!

ACT is a great way to be introduced to Bob Cooley's Resistance Flexibility (RF) for personal or professional gain.


Nothing is a substitute for stretching.