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Backwards Brain Bike: WATCH Dr Cobus Do it First-Time

No practice, just mental prep using advanced neuroscience: Here’s how Dr Cobus Oosthuizen rode Destin Sandlin from Smarter Every Day’s famous backwards brain bike with zero practice

Heard of the backwards brain bike? Millions of people around the world have watched the video, tried it and failed. But Dr Cobus Oosthuizen did the seemingly impossible: he rode it first-time with no practice whatsoever.

“I don’t make definitive statements that often, but I’m telling you right now you cannot ride this bicycle,” says Destin Sandlin of Smarter Every Day in the video about his now-famous backwards brain bike back in April 2015. And that’s been backed up by years of documented evidence and numerous public appearances around the world.

WATCH: THE BACKWARDS BRAIN BIKE

It took Destin, an engineer something of a thought leader himself, 8 months to learn to ride the backwards brain bike. And, after putting the challenge to others, numerous people around the world showed that it took months, weeks – in most cases up to a year – of practice to learn to ride it.

And the media concurred. Popular Mechanics wrote about it. Io9 by Gizmodo. National Geographic. Psychology Today. Mental Floss. Treehugger. There’s even a section dedicated on it at TEDed. And they all say it’s impossible to ride without a lot of practice.

Even Mythbusters took on the challenge and called the myth “confirmed”.

WATCH: MYTHBUSTERS SAY IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TOO

Not so, says Dr Cobus Oosthiuzen (PhD in Mentoring and Human Behaviour), neuroscience and NLP expert and founder of LifeXchange Solutions. He says everyone has missed a vital insight into how the brain works.

And he has not only ridden the backwards brain bike, he did it first-time. With no practice at all. And he’s showing you how in five videos, explaining his thoughts and mental preparation and, finally, his attempt.

WATCH: VIDEO 1: DR COBUS SAYS HE CAN RIDE THE BACKWARDS BRAIN BIKE

MONDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2019

In Video 1:

WATCH: VIDEO 2: HOW BACKWARDS BRAIN BIKE BECAME THE CYCLOPS

TUESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2019

In Video 2:

WATCH VIDEO 3: THE BEST TIME TO REWIRE YOUR BRAIN

WEDNESDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2019

In Video 3:

WATCH VID 4: THE BIG ATTEMPT

THURSDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2019

In this video:

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NEUROSCIENCE INSIGHTS: TRUTH BEHIND THE BACKWARDS BRAIN BICYCLE

Important: Dr Cobus is not saying that anyone is wrong. The neural pathways associated with riding a normal bike is extremely complicated. And that definitely makes riding the backwards brain bicycle incredibly difficult.

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“Yes it will take you a long time to learn to do it if you just jump on start trying,” says Dr Cobus. “You have to rely on neuroplasticity to help you change the existing neural pathway of knowing how to ride a bike. But THAT is where I believe everyone missed a vital insight into how the brain works.

“Your brain is incredibly powerful. And, if you just get on the bike and try, your most powerful resource will be working against you. My take on it is, don’t get on the bike until you have your brain on your side.”

WATCH VID 5: THE DEBRIEF: THIS IS HOW HE DID IT

WHO IS DR COBUS OOSTHUIZEN?

A PhD in Mentoring and Human Behaviour, Dr Cobus Oosthuizen is the founder of LifeXchange, a company in Cape Town, South Africa that specialises in neuroscience applied to personal development and business.

There are two sides to LifeXchange: 1) the non-profit entity helps individuals reach personal goals, while simultaneously helping the SA government and organisation rehabilitate high-risk members of society (gangsters, homeless, prisoners etc.), while the commercial side 2) LifeXchange Solutions uses neuroscience to help businesses manage complex change and growth through organisational development – check out the Goede Hoop Citrus Strengths Workshop and the Feedem Neuro Workshop.

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For over 13 years, Dr Cobus has been researching, studying and applying neuro-linguistic programming and neuroscience to rehabilitate gangsters from Cape Town’s notorious Cape Flats – and around the country. It’s been hugely successful. And he and his team apply the same insights to help businesses achieve real growth.

But in the process of learning how the mind works to create real change, Dr Cobus picked up a remarkable skill: He’s phenomenally adept at understanding and rewiring the human brain. That’s what he teaches. And that’s what he used to conquer the backwards brian bicycle – to prove your brain is way more powerful than you give it credit for.

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HOW DR COBUS’ CYCLOPS CHALLENGE WORKED

Dr Cobus’ attempt at the backwards brain bicycle, which he calls “the cyclops challenge” (see why in the videos) started in September 2019, the day he received the bike:

WATCH: MYTH BUSTED: YOU CAN RIDE THE BACKWARDS BIKE FIRST-TIME

And he shared insights into how to do the same along the way. It’s five videos with all his insights and tips. Plus: His final attempt where we’ll see if this stuff works or not. Watch the full Cyclops Challenge playlist on the LifeXchange YouTube Channel.

Why? Because if Dr Cobus can do this, then surely he can help any individual or organisation achieve incredible new goals. Stop smoking, get fit, lose weight, be a better parent? Check out the NPO LifeXchange Community.

Team stuck at work, low productivity, low staff morale, employees not engaging? Check out the remarkable insights of neuromanagement for business and our tailor-made LifeXchange Solutions.

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This is not the first time Dr Cobus has done things that seem completely impossible. He’s completed one of the toughest desert races in the world with basically no physical training. Check out the full story: proof you can rewire your brain. Or, revisit the podcast series: Energise Your Life.

In Cape Town? You can see Dr Cobus live in October at LifeXchange’s annual HR Workshop.

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