Why Understanding Flexibility?
There’s so much information out there, so many coaches, trainers, influencers, and other sources. And many seem to give contradictory advice. How can you possibly judge the quality of the information? How can you possibly filter through all the options? Are you just doomed to trial and error? Not necessarily.
A good evidence-based knowledge foundation will help you cut through a lot of the poor-quality information out there. It counteracts dependency, as you no longer blindly have to believe or follow what anyone says. You have a solid foundation that can give you guidance in the jungle of information and advice that is out there.
Now, that doesn’t mean you have to become a world expert and study all possible nuances and intricacies. No, you only need a solid understanding of the mechanisms that underly the adaptations that occur with flexibility training and the different methods that we can employ to reach our goals.
Building this foundation of knowledge will stimulate autonomy and competence, allowing you to take responsibility for developing your own physical abilities so you can enjoy the sports and activities that bring joy to your life.
On-demand: watch in your own time and at your own pace
Evidence-based: everything is aligned with the scientific literature
Build Understanding: not just a “do this” program
Understand different adaptations that occur during flexibility training
Understand the different methods that you can use to improve your flexibility
Understand how and why the different methods work
No more confusion
Be able to filter through other sources of information and judge them for quality
Have a solid toolbox for achieving your flexibility goals
The Understanding Flexibility course is an on-demand video course. That means you can start at any time and you can study the material at your own pace. You'll have lifetime access to all of the material.
The course includes 2 modules: the Knowledge Foundation and the Understanding Flexibility module.
Module 1: Knowledge Foundation - 5 videos
In the knowledge foundation module, we learn everything we need to know about the structure and function of muscle and connective tissue. We look at some of the characteristics like the force-velocity and length-tension relationship and we look at the neural control of muscle contraction. This module will give you a great foundation for understanding more complex topics like flexibility and strength.
The module contains the following videos:
Structure of a Muscle
Function of a Muscle Fiber
Characteristics of Muscle Functioning
Neural Control of Muscle Contraction
Module 2: Understanding Flexibility - 6 videos
In the understanding flexibility module, we’re going to do exactly that: understand flexibility in a comprehensive manner. We’re going to look at what happens when we stretch. There are neural components (the sensation of stretch) and mechanical components that happen in the tissue itself. We will also discuss the neural and mechanical adaptations that can occur due to flexibility training. We will discuss the different types of flexibility or mobility and we will discuss all the different methods that we can employ to improve our flexibility. These methods include several different ways of stretching (for example passive, loaded or ballistic) and “hands-on” techniques such as foam rolling or massage. We will give you a complete model that is as simple as possible but not oversimplified.
The module contains the following videos:
Introduction & Definitions
Neural Mechanisms: Stretch Tolerance
Mobility vs. Flexibility
Methods for Improving Flexibility: Stretching
Methods for improving Flexibility: Foam Rolling
Each video has a discussion section where you can ask your questions and join in on the conversations that are already happening. All your questions will be answered!
Test your knowledge
After working your way through the two video modules, there will be a quick self-test where you can check if you really understood the material correctly.
Who will be teaching the course?
The Understanding Flexibility Course has been developed by Dr. Erwin Maaswinkel and Virgil Spier. Erwin is a doctor of human movement sciences and an expert at synthesizing academic literature and applying it in practice. Virgil is a former Olympic Athlete in track and field who applies his knowledge and experience at both the recreational as well as the elite performance level. They are both practitioners as well so they don’t just preach, they practice what they preach.
The course material will be taught predominantly by Erwin.