The new season of American Ninja Warrior starts airing tonight, Sunday July 31st, on G4 at 6 pm Pacific / 9 pm Eastern. This is American Ninja Warrior 3 that I competed in at Venice Beach this past May. I doubt my run will be shown, but regardless I’m still tuning in to root hard for my fellow competitors and some good buddies in particular as they pursue total victory in the world’s toughest obstacle course competition!
Archive for July, 2011
Here’s a good segment that aired on Attack of the Show about American Ninja Warrior 3 that starts airing this Sunday. Particularly note the interview with Tre Sussy Vaughn, the fastest competitor in the opening round of American Ninja Warrior 2, as he talks about the slippery-ass quadruple steps and then they show the clip of him falling on it. His experience mirrors my own which you can read about in my “Death by Wetuple Steps” entry. I was surprised that they featured this “uneven” obstacle from the competitive standpoint, I thought they’d pretend the steps were so tough that great competitors like Tre (who is in a totally different league from me) would fall on it. Tune in to ANW3 to see a few other top guys fall in the same place, as well as other competitors dial in some amazing performances.
Longtime fans of Ninja Warrior have no doubt noticed the rise of obstacle course competitions in the last few years, from our own beloved American Ninja Warrior and Wipeout on television, to local events like the Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder. Here’s a great article in the Washington Post (still my favorite newspaper from having grown up in DC), which has an insightful breakdown on this phenomena.
One new thing I did learn from this article is that Ninja Warrior superstar Levi Meeuwenberg recently relocated to Washington DC and is teaching at Primal Fitness, including specific classes for those wanting to train for Ninja Warrior. I was a little shocked to hear this as Tempest Freerunning Academy, for which Levi is one of the main people (we saw Levi as the leader of Tempest Freerunning on G4’s Jump City until he got injured), recently opened an incredible gym in LA. I figured Levi would be rocking that and continuing his stunt work in LA, but then what the hell do I know?
One thing I do know is that obstacle course competitions of all variations, on TV and in people’s backyards, are becoming more popular than ever, tapping into our inner little kids as well as providing a sick cross-training full body workout.