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Planning mental or physical exercises for children to enhance their learning is known as structured play. The good news is that you don’t need a full ninja course to practice your skills and keep your body in shape.
At The Ninja’s Edge, our Ninja Warrior Camps involve obstacle courses, expect some seriously fun exercises involving climbing, running, jumping, crawling, swinging, and more! After all, the sort of competition you see on TV can be incredibly intimidating: daring feats of athleticism that can result in embarrassing wipe outs.
That’s why we’re proud to offer a variety of different programs aimed at different age and experience levels. It should come as no surprise that we here at The Ninja’s Edge believes that this kind of training is a great fit for many ...
Whether it’s reacting to a tennis ball coming your way or running down a football field, you need to have the skills to react quickly to stimuli, or risk falling short at being excellent at your sport of choice. We aspire to improve ourselves in efforts to live healthier lifestyles, make more money, be a better person, or whatever you may wish.
Whenever I close my eyes, I can still see those big red balls swinging above me. A month before these visions, I met Drew Diesel, an elite ninja trainer, to prep for a qualifying run on AmericanNinjaWarrior, which launched its 10th season on May 30 on NBC (8 p.m. ET/PT).
The season begins with six-obstacle qualifying runs in six cities nationally, and ninja wannabes relentlessly train for these events in specialized gyms and obstacle-laden backyards. Diesel, an eight-time qualifier, agreed to guide me through a gauntlet of tests to assess my muscle and balance.
So here I am, outside his 5,500-square-foot gym, New Era Ninjas, in Hamden, Connecticut, ready to work. He throws the doors open, revealing towers of scaffolding, aisles of things to swing from, and two gargantuan warped walls.
The pegboard is unforgiving for those without strong grips. Over the next two days, Diesel teaches me to hang from a pegboard, hurl my body across pull up bars, and run up a 14 1/2-foot warped wall. During one critical lesson, he shows me how to cross a gauntlet of foam blocks (called dominoes), a simulation of ANW's Spinning Bridge, those diabolical big red balls.
“Keep your body weight forward, stay light on your toes, and maintain a steady speed,” Diesel tells me. Diesel tackles these challenges on a daily basis but insists he's not working out.
My arms are howling in pain, my forearms are swollen, and I can't straighten my elbows. Thomas Lesser, Ph.D., a professor of kinesiology at Indiana State University, kind of agrees.
Ninja life isn’t easy on the hands, either. The swelling is probably just muscle tissue damage from trying something new, he says. My body may be different from Diesel's; I know from a genetic report a few years back that I don't produce the protein alpha-actinin-3, which is common in the fast-twitch fibers of power athletes.
That could explain why I don't dig gym sessions like this: I'm more of an endurance guy, not a ninja. Despite the pain and doubt, I think I'm enjoying this swinging and hanging and trampolining around.
In one of Diesel's open classes, I meet Matt Zeal, a 53-year-old regular. Fast-forward a month, and I'm standing at the first of six obstacles at Universal Studios in Los Angeles.
The diabolical Warped Wall. So I utter no brazen guarantees as I sprint toward my first obstacle, a pair of rotating platforms called Archer Steps. I complete them, leaping out over the water, catching a rope, and swinging forward onto a platform.
I manage to follow his advice, swinging on nunchuck-type handles toward a punching bag on a zip line. Halfway across the bridge, my eyes lift to the next platform, where I think I'll be in two seconds.
On AmericanNinjaWarrior, failure is its own gift, motivation to keep doing what Diesel forever refuses to call “training.” To watch Clint's run to AmericanNinjaWarrior glory, tune in to NBC on June 13 at 8 p.m. Eastern.
Start hanging from a bar, hands just slightly beyond shoulder-width, palms facing away. Bend your knees, lowering your torso until your thighs are parallel to the floor.
Pull yourself up, challenging your core and lats and building the strength needed to hang from anything. Start on all fours, your arms and legs straight, your body long and low.
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