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Today’s BrainWOD: 072915

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Use the following words in an oral story: burglar, envelope, forest, desk lamp. Start the narration as soon as the workout has finished.


Hollow Rock to Squat to Pike Jump x 5

Hollow Rock to Squat to Tuck Jump x 5

Hollow Rock to Squat to Missile Lunch x 5

Lateral Plank Walk – 20m

4 rounds.

Speaking while under duress (stress) is a valuable skill that can be built in the gym. Your body doesn’t know the difference between physical stress and mental stress. We can simulate stressful conditions with exercise, and thereby condition ourselves to pressure in the workplace.


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The brain uses two separate processes to piece together language; Encoding and Retrieval.  Encoding starts with letter recognition such as shape and sound which is then used to develop word recognition and ultimately ending in meaning and understanding.  This can also include encoding verbal, non-verbal and body language from others.  Retrieval on the other hand, also termed ‘Expressive language’, is the brain’s ability to express thoughts into words, name things, and execute word finding.

Enhancing Language

Increasing the time spent with words and exposure to a variety of words develops associations and connections within the brain. Individual attention with each process is needed in order to improve one’s language skills.

To improve encoding one should read, learn new words, learn a new language, use mind maps to attach details to a main idea, and play word search puzzles to mention a few.

To improve retrieval skills one should retell a story, name pictures, play crossword puzzles, play categories or any other activity that requires the individual to retrieve previously stored information using associations or free recall.  An example of retrieval using associations would be asking an individual to name or classify a picture seen on a flash card.  For free recall, remove any visual, auditory or kinesthetic clue to help them retrieve the right information.  An example being the verbal fluency activity which asks the individual to name as many items from a particular category.

Try these language puzzles during your workout today.

1.) Encoding Word List

2.) Retrieval: Every minute on the minute, name as many items from each category as possible. 1 point per word, discount repeats and plurals.

1st minute: Farm Animals

2nd minute: Zoo Animals

3rd minute: School Supplies

4th minute: Gym Equipment

5th minute: Food

*Mix in a round of your favorite movement during one or more of the minutes for maximum brain benefits!

Today’s BrainWOD: 071515

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The Tabata Protocol means doing 20 seconds of work, followed by 10 seconds of rest. It’s usually done for 8 rounds. CrossFit workouts include “Tabata This” and “Tabata That.”

In “Tabata Talking,” instructors draw a random noun, and students talk about the noun for 20 seconds nonstop. Then they take a 10 second break to gather their thoughts before the next interval. If a student can’t fill the full 20 second interval, they move immediately to the next exercise group.

Exercise Group: Tabata Squats (max squats in 20 seconds, 10 seconds rest, 8 rounds.)

Talking Group: Draw a noun (max talking in 20 seconds, 10 seconds rest, up to 8 rounds.)

Exercise Group: Tabata Pushups (max pushups in 20 seconds, 10 seconds rest, 8 rounds.)

Talking Group: Draw a noun

Exercise Group: Tabata jumping jacks

Talking Group: Draw a noun

Exercise Group: Tabata Situps

Talking Group: Draw a noun.

The objective is to complete all 32 ‘talking’ rounds.

Today’s BrainWOD: “Brain Gone Bad”

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Warmup: 20 reps for time of:


Then, “Brain Gone Bad”:

Spend exactly one minute at each station before moving to the next.

Rest exactly one minute between rounds.

Perform 3 rounds for maximum points.

Station 1: Memory Cards (one minute to memorize)

Station 2: Addition Worksheet

Station 3: Subtraction Worksheet

Station 4: Word Search Worksheet

Station 5: Memory Cards – one minute to recall cards (any order.)

Worksheets can be drawn from anywhere. This is one good resource.


Today’s BrainWOD: “Ninja Walk”

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Intention: Skip counting and addition

Warmup: Ladder pattern

5 right-side jumping jacks

5 left-side jumping jacks

alternating lateral jumping over hurdles

Pre-Activity: number placement with a cone and ladder

Focus Drill: Figure 8s, Ninja Walk (pictured)

Lesson: jump two numbers, walk back to front, count

Anchoring activity: Addition plus obstacle course



Today’s BrainWOD: “Hit By The Sylla-Bus”

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4 Rounds (20 Sec Work/ 10 Sec Rest)
Squats & Sprawls

Challenge: Max Wallballs in 3 Minutes

Then: “Sylla-Bus”

5x dots drill / sprint 50m / rhyming*

4x dots drill / sprint 50m / rhyming*

3x dots drill / sprint 50m / rhyming*

2x dots drill / sprint 50m / rhyming*

1x dots drill / sprint 50m / rhyming*

Rhyming: name a word that rhymes with, “group.”

>5 years: one word

6-8 years: three syllables ending in “..oop” sound (ie “power troop”)

9-12 years: five syllables ending in “…oop” sound (ie “hit the loop-de-loop”)

13+ years: seven syllables ending in “…oop” sound (ie “I was in the paratroop”)

…for time.


Today’s BrainWOD: “TriBond”

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50 Skips (or scissor jumps)

50 situps

Tri-Bond word challenge

40 Skips

40 Situps

Tri-Bond Word Challenge

30 Skips

30 Situps

Tri-Bond Word Challenge

20 Skips

20 Situps

Tri-Bond Word Challenge

10 Skips

10 Situps

Tri-Bond Word Challenge

…for time.

Tri-Bond Word Challenges are data-connection and recognition tasks. Given three words, can the student find a common theme or word that goes with all three?

For example,

Mail – Shoe – Lunch could all share the suffix  word ‘box.’

Oilers – Jets – Rangers all share a theme (NHL teams.)

Download a PDF of sample Tribonds here.


Today’s BrainWOD: “Cliche Killer”

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PreActivity: Explain ‘cliche’ and complete these cliches as fast as possible:

rear its ugly _____
I have a sneaking ______
the bottom ________
in one fell _____
last but not _____
life takes its _____
few and far _______
crystal _____, clear as a ____
for all intents and ________
take the bull by _____ ________
the thrill of ______, the agony of ________
swept it ______ _____ _______
packed in as tight as _________
that captain runs a tight ______
believe it or ____
breathe a sigh of ______
better late ____ _____
like a bolt from the ______
that was the ____ that broke the ______ ‘s ____
perish the _______
as alike as two ______ in a ______
beyond the shadow of a __________
leave no stone __________
Don’t have a _______, ______!


Activity: Take the cliches below and create a new original phrase to express the same idea:

rear its ugly head, sadder but wiser,  I have a sneaking suspicion, the bottom line, in one fell swoop,

last but not least, life takes its toll, few and far between, crystal clear, clear as a bell, for all intents and purposes, take the bull by the horns, the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, he swept the problem under the rug, packed in as tight as sardines, that captain runs a tight ship, you mad, bro?, believe it or not, breathe a sigh of relief, better late than never, like a bolt from the blue, that was the last straw, that was the straw that broke the camel’s back, I’m fed up with you!, perish the thought!, as alike as two peas in a pod, beyond the shadow of a doubt, leave no stone unturned, Don’t have a cow, man! actions speak louder than words

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.