I've been training daily on Lumosity for the past several weeks in attempt to improve memory, acuity, and other cognitive function. It's actually pretty fun but the one caveat for me is that in order to get a solid day of "training" in I need 100% of my attention span, and no outside distractions to stay focused, which surprisingly is hard to come by.
On top of that, I felt that a daily 10 to 15 minute session of mouse clicking could help with some decision making and cognitive function. I became curious what the training effects of incorporating new types of "physical activity" might be on brain function, coordination, and performance.
It turns out that the BRAIN is a primary component of your central nervous system. We talk quite often about central nervous system (CNS) efficiency and it's role in your training. To keep it short and sweet, it's the synergy between your muscle and CNS function that allows you to rip the bar off the ground, jump through the roof, or run through your opponent.
I reached out to Power Athlete's resident professor of neuroscience, Steve Platek (@splatek on PAHQ.com), to get some details on what a solid set of BWODs could do for you. What came back was an amazing brain dump. Here's what I learned. It turns out that spending a modest amount of time completing the BWODs below will activate two primary brain sites: the prefrontal cortex attentional system and the hippocampus. Why do you care about this? Because these two systems are primarily responsible for two important components of performance:
1) Short term attention span - Your ability to visualize a play, pitch, strike, combat scenario, shot or lift and then immediately reflect on and learn from sensory input
2) Ego-positioning - The system that calculates relative body position to your environment (field, opponent, platform, battle field, batter's box, court, pitch, etc.) based of sensory input
So maybe you don't want to cough up the $15.00 to train on Lumosity, or don't have 20 minutes to sit down and train? Don't worry! With Steve's help I was able to come up with the below set of BWODS that anyone could do to improve brain function. The best part? They are slight modifications to your day, so there's no significant time commitment!
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Luke is the COO of Power Athlete. He has been training athletes in CrossFit, Weightlifting, and Olympic Lifting since 2007. He spent 6 years pushing pencils in “Corporate America,” spending 3 of those years moonlighting as a Strength & Conditioning Coach before and after work. Luke was an athlete his whole life and played multiple sports, but his primary focus was football. He played up through college until a neck injury forced him to hang it up. He travels with the CrossFit Football staff and has coaches a variety of athletes from amateur to professional levels in football, baseball, and track.
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