IQ challenges

Ibex Quarantine challenges

Are you the fittest or smartest Ibexer? Test yourself and find out with our daily Ibex Quarantine challenges, posted here every day to keep you busy at home. For the instruction videos, click on the blue challenge names. We started Tuesday 24 March with the first challenge. If you want, you can join the IQ challenges whatsapp group to share the results of your attempts and keep in touch with your fellow Ibexers via these fun exercises, but you can also just challenge yourself every day. As long as you stay in shape, stay inside, and please, do try this at home.

*You don't have to follow the rules of the exercises: you can make the challenges as easy or difficult as you want, but it might cost you some points...


Daily IQ challenge list:

Day 1. Tuesday 24 March 2020:  T-shirt challenge

You should have a T-shirt within reach, but can't touch it at the beginning of the challenge. Do a handstand, with your feet leaning against the wall. Then put on the shirt and remain in handstand position until you are wearing it. For an example, see the following video: IQ challenge day 1a. You can make this challenge a little easier for yourself by placing your feet lower. You can let them rest on a piece of furniture of the desired height and do a plank instead of a real handstand. For an example of this, see the following video: IQ challenge day 1b. And if, like Lieke, you happen to have a challenging dog, you can also try the reverse: IQ challenge day 1c.

Day 2. Wednesday 25 March 2020:  Table boulder challenge

Try to climb around a table as fast as possible, or try to find other, more creative ways to climb around one or more tables! Disclaimer: this video has been made long before the COVID-19 self-quarantine. Don't do this activity in groups like we did back then. Find a table heavy enough to withstand your abuse of it or ask a member of your household (someone you can't avoid anyway) to hold the table in place. 

Day 3. Thursday 26 March 2020:  Toilet roll roll challenge

Lie down on your back, balance a toilet roll on your foot like in the video and roll over until you are on your back again without dropping the toilet roll. You can cross your legs in various ways, so you don't have to replicate the video exactly. Make sure you are wearing shoes with flat soles and using an unused toilet roll, otherwise the paper will unwind from the roll, especially when it falls. And it wil... To make it a little easier for yourself, you can cheat a little by supporting your leg with your hands, but you cannot touch the toilet roll with anything other than your foot/shoe! Perhaps needless to say, but you are also not allowed to attach the toilet roll to your shoe. 

Day 4. Friday 27 March 2020:  Happy Birthday challenge

I think you'll find that the video says more than a hundred words... Hang upside down between the doorposts and keep yourself up by putting pressure on your back and feet. If you slide down, you can cheat a little by putting your hand on the floor. When your properly hanging, sing Happy Birthday (lyrics below) because today, Friday 27 March 2020, WSAC Ibex turned 34! Congratulations everyone!

Happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us,
happy birthday WSAC Ibex, happy birthday to us.

Day 5. Saturday 28 March 2020:  Pick up challenge

Put a light object, like an empty bag, stuffed animal, clothing item, apple or even cherry tomato on the floor and pick it up with your mouth. You're not allowed to use your hands, lean against anything or touch the floor with any other body parts than your feet. You can determine the difficulty yourself: use a larger object to make it easier and a smaller one to make it more difficult.

Day 6. Sunday 29 March 2020:  Untying challenge

Take a piece of rope, prusik rope, phone charger or something like that and make a loop at both ends. In the example in the video, that is done with two 8 knots but you can make the loops any way you want. After that, make an 8 knot in the middle of the rope and put the loops around your wrists. Without taking the loops off your wrists or damaging the rope, try to undo the knot. We posted the answer video below, but try it yourself first and don't give up too easily. Don't share your technique in the WhatsApp group, just the time it took you to undo the knot.

Click here for the answer video.

Day 7. Monday 30 March 2020:  Handy workout

Monday morning, time to get back to workout. Today, we train our hands and wrists. In the video is shown how to do the exercises listed below. Watch out for injuries, you don't need to do everything at once! When your hands start to hurt, give them a break and only resume when it doesn't hurt anymore.

  • 50 x squeeze
  • 50 x pinch
  • 20 x finger touch
  • 25 x palm down tilt down
  • 25 x palm up tilt up

Day 8. Tuesday 31 March 2020:  Banana challenge

After the exhausting workout of yesterday, have a banana! Lock off one arm (hang on it and hold it in a 90 degrees angle) and with the other hand, peel and eat a banana. If that is too hard, you can make it a little easier by holding your arm straight. 

Day 9. Wednesday 1 April 2020:  Rebus challenge

Solve this homemade rebus (picture puzzle). You can help each other, but give others a chance to have a try on their own as well. Here, you can check out the still pictures (whole picture, 1st quarter close-up, 2nd quarter close-up, 3rd quarter close-up and 4th quarter close-up) and take your time to work out the puzzle. Oh, and the rebus is in English. If you still can't find out after a while of struggling, you can find the solution video posted below. We hope you have fun, we certainly did!

Click here for the answer video.

Day 10. Thursday 2 April 2020:  Broomstick challenge

Take a broomstick and hold it behind your back with your palms forward like in the video. Move it all around your body without letting go of the broomstick or moving your hands over the broomstick and you can't put your leg in between your arms.

Day 11. Friday 3 April 2020:  Push-up walk challenge

Go from one end of the house/room to the other by alternating between doing a push-up and moving your hands and feet one step as shown in the video. We don't want to make the video too long and boring, but keep going up and down the room as long as you can! 

Day 12. Saturday 4 April 2020:  DIY forearm trainer challenge

To make your own forearm trainer, you need: a weight (like a water bottle), rope/string/cord, (duct) tape and a magazine. First, tape the magazine into a roll. Heat the end of the rope so it doesn't fray and tie it around the magazine. Put tape over the rope next to the knot so the knot can't move. Tie the other end of the rope to your weight. Now your forearm trainer is finished. Share how yours turned out!

Day 13. Sunday 5 April 2020:  8 knot challenge

Find a way to hang on one arm and with your free hand, take a peace of rope and tie an 8 knot in it. For bonus points, there is the extra challenge of attaching yourself to the rope with a double 8 knot. 

Day 14. Monday 6 April 2020:  Back'n'Belly workout

Monday morning, time to get back to workout. Today we train our stomach muscles. In de video is shown how to do the exercises listed below. You can do the exercises between 5 and 50 times: 5-15 is beginner level; 20-35 is experienced level and 40-50 is expert level. Choose your number and go over the list of exercises twice without a break. That means that you will have done each exercise between 10 and 100 times in total. 

  • 5-50x leg raise (with or without butt)
  • 5-50x bicycle (sitting up or lying down) (2 leg-elbow touches is 1x)
  • 5-50x crunch/sit up
  • 5-50x back crunch/back raise
  • 5-50x butt cheek balance - left butt cheek
  • 5-50x butt cheek balance - right butt cheek

Day 15. Tuesday 7 April 2020:  Balance challenge

Balance on your left hand and right foot as shown in the intstruction video. Then roll your body over without touching the floor with any other body parts. Do the same with the other hand and foot. To make it a little more difficult, hold an open water bottle near the bottom and don't spill any water. 

Day 16. Wednesday 8 April 2020:  Alphabet challenge

Find objects in your house that start with the right letters and spell out an alphabet with them. You can make an overview picture like in the instruction video, 26 separate pictures, a video of the objects or any other format you can think of. As long as it spells out the alphabet. 

Click here for the example picture.

Day 17. Thursday 9 April 2020:  Easter bunny challenge

Time for some Easter bunny practice! For those who haven't run out of toilet paper yet: stack the rolls up as high as you can jump. When you can jump over, add a roll and try again! How many rolls high can you go?

Day 18. Friday 10 April 2020:  Poetry challenge

We know it’s hard that you guys have to spend so much time apart or at least can’t go out and have fun together, you and your gear. But let’s use this opportunity to get sensitive and tell our gear how we really feel. You decide how many stanza you write or what rhyme scheme you use, as long as it rhymes. Share the poems you came up with! 

Day 19. Saturday 11 April 2020:  Egggoat challenge

The Easter weekend has started, so it's time to make some beautiful Easter eggs! Hard boil your eggs before you paint them to limit the mess if you break them and then beautifully decorate the eggs like in the video. Not that you're ever going to beat this... 

Day 20. Sunday 12 April 2020:  Egg hunt challenge

Hide your eggs in your house, whether they be chocolate eggs, the eggs you painted or just ordinary eggs, and take a picture to send in the group chat. Only say the number of eggs are in the picture and let everyone search for them. 

Day 21. Monday 13 April 2020:  Egg plank workout

Monday morning, back to workout, even on holidays. But because it's Easter Monday, we do have a special themed eggsercise for you: the egg plank. Put an egg upright on the floor and hold in place with your nose. Then put your weight on your hands (like a push up) and plank (hold your body in that position), keeping the egg upright as long as possible. You can make it a little easier for yourself by resting your weight on your forearms instead of on your hands. 

Day 22. Tuesday 14 April 2020:  Bingo challenge

When in a home, do as the elderly do: play bingo all the time. Of course, just bingo would get boring very quickly for young, energetic students like you, so we have added a sporty element to it: instead of crossing off numbers, you need to cross off exercises after you have done them. You should get a row, column or diagonal of 4 for a bingo, so you can choose which set of exercises you want to do. 

Click here for the bingo card.

Day 23. Wednesday 15 April 2020:  Clipping 1 challenge

Have you missed using your climbing gear? Who am I kidding, of course you have! Here is a chance to use it again: clipping from a distance 1 - bringing the snapper to the bolt. Find a stick with some knobs or side branches to hang the snapper on. Then take a snapper (a screw carabiner that is screwed open works just as well) and clip in the rope. Open the gate and place a ball of paper between the gate and the body of the snapper to keep the gate open. Hang the snapper on the stick like in the video and pull the rope tight to keep it in place. Bring the snapper up to the 'bolt' (a clothesline in the video, be creative) and clip it in the 'bolt' by pushing the ball of paper out.

Click here for the short version.

Day 24. Thursday 16 April 2020:  Clipping 2 challenge

As the 1 in the name already suggested, there is a second clipping challenge: clipping from a distance 2 - bringing the rope to the snapper. Hang up a snapper (or again a screwed open carabiner) and find a stick with knobs again to prevent the knot from sliding down. If you don't have a climbing rope at home, you can use any other kind of rope as well. Make two loops in the middle of the rope and tie them into an overhand knot around the stick. With the stick, place one of the loops of the knot around the snapper and pull the loop tighter until the gate snaps. With the rope clipped, you can pull on the ends of the rope to untie the knot.

Click here for the short version.

Day 25. Friday 17 April 2020:  IQ Quiz challenge

With 24 challenges behind us, it is time to look back and see how much you can remember of it. The questions should be doable, so try answering them without cheating. When you have given it a try, you can find the answer video below, so you can check your answers and share your score. 

Click here for the answer video.

Day 26. Saturday 18 April 2020:  

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