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Today’s BrainWOD: “Rainbow Shuttle”

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Behind a visual barrier, arrange three cones of differing colors.

Set one cone of each color at 10m, 20m and 30m from the visual barrier.

Athlete races to the first set of cones, and guesses at the correct order to match the hidden pattern behind the visual barrier. Then they race back to the coach, who tells them how many they have correct.

The athlete races to the second set of cones and makes a more educated guess at the correct arrangement of cones. They sprint back to the coach and are told how many they have correct.

If necessary, they take their final chance on the third set of cones.

To make the challenge more difficult:

  • increase the distance between cones
  • increase the number of colors to four or five
  • remove previous attempts from eyesight (athlete has to recall previous attempts)

To make the challenge easier:

  • decrease the distance between cones
  • use only two colors with three cones (two red and one yellow, for example)

The purpose of this exercise is to plan for failure: few will make correct guesses on the first attempt. The key is for the athlete to learn that failure is expected and critical to eventual success as long as lessons are learned from each attempt.

Ignite BrainWODs are comprised of 7 phases (the Ignite 7 Steps.) Warmups, focus drills, pre-CrossFit Kids workouts and anchoring activities precede and follow this challenge for optimal benefit.

The Ignite 7 Steps are outlined in Enrichment Through Exercise, and taught in our NeuroMotive Coach Certifications. 

Ignite Worldwide Challenge

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On December 15, Ignite will host a worldwide throwdown for all ages.

What: three events, each combining a CrossFit-style workout with a cognitive challenge.

Who: age groups 3-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12+, and Adult

Any CrossFit gym or school can participate, even if you’re new to the Ignite program!

Each challenge will focus on a different type of cognition. Any of the three events could include one or more of:

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Memory
  • Attention
  • Focus

CrossFit portions of the challenges will be scaleable for all ages and abilities.

Participating gyms and schools will have from 6am PT (9am EST) until 5pm PT (8pm PST) to complete the challenges.

Fee is $10 per participating gym (each may have unlimited athletes.) REGISTER ONLINE HERE

Upon registration, the host will receive an information package containing standards of movement, a brief outline of the challenges, a scoresheet, and instructions for submitting scores.

It’s your chance to try Ignite in your gym! Simple to implement, and fun for everyone! Give it a shot!

Sample challenge: Plate Pyramid

Plate Challenge