Who would you give a Ninja Warrior golden ticket?

Elizabeth Morris/NBC If you could send someone to the starting line, who would it be and why? It’s casting season over at American Ninja Warrior! The production team behind the show is currently hard at work calling all the competitors who will be invited to take part in season 13. This is a bittersweet time of year. For many, they’ll have a shot at one of their dreams. For even more, their phone will stay silent and they’ll need to wait until next year to try again. Thousands and thousands of applications are sent in every year. Only a few […]

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Ryan Stratis breaks down what every Ninja should know about balance obstacles

Photo by: John Parra/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images His stream is a must-watch for new Ninjas. As the person behind ANW Nation for the past five seasons, a common question is presented to me when I discuss my career with others. “You work on American Ninja Warrior?!? How cool! Have you ever tried the course?” And my answer to that is (and will remain), “LOL. No.” I’m sure I COULD try the course. But I understand my skill sets in life and the obstacles are not meant for me. Especially after five years of standing oh-so-close […]

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Five ways to pass the time while we all wait for season 13 info

Elizabeth Morris/NBC We’re all in the same boat on this one. Okay, we’re going to level with you. January is a tough one for us over here at American Ninja Warrior Nation. We’re waiting. Waiting on that first flurry of social media posts that comes with the start of the casting calls. Waiting to confirm and announce upcoming details for 2021 and season 13. Will the show travel? Will we go back to the format used prior to season 12? What will that family special be like? THERE’S SO MUCH TO DISCUSS. But, it’s January, and in our world, that’s […]

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David Campbell was forced to place a bet and he won the jackpot

When an obstacle was ready to end his season, the veteran used all his experience to calculate his options and make a choice. This week we’ve looked at many different examples of making the “right” choice on the course. The American Ninja Warrior competitors are faced with split-second decisions when it comes to every obstacle. Jessie Graff, JJ Woods, and Sam Sann have all showed us how individual choices can secure success. David Campbell’s season 12 Qualifiers run showed us how he made a choice in an almost impossible situation. The trouble started on just the second obstacle, Lunatic Ledge. […]

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It’s Matt Iseman’s birthday so we sorted through hundreds of photos of him

Maarten de Boer/NBCUniversal What would the show even be without him? Today is a very special day in American Ninja Warrior-land. It’s host Matt Iseman’s birthday! And it’s a big one. According to Google, today, January 22, is Matt’s 50th birthday. (But Google could be wrong because we’re fairly sure Matt is right around 35-years-old.) So to celebrate we did what anyone with access to the Getty photo archives would. We started looking for the oldest photos they have! For the record, Getty returned almost 127 pages of results for the search, “Matt Iseman.” We have been on a Matt […]

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Sam Sann made every moment matter at the Houston City Finals

Photo by: Bob Levey/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images This run didn’t have any jaw-dropping moves. It had dozens of small decisions adding up to something monumental. We’ve recently taken a look at some “right choices” that were made on the American Ninja Warrior course. Between Jessie Graff’s splits, and JJ Woods’ leap, they’ve been some pretty flashy choices. Today, thanks to a suggestion from a reader, we’re taking a look at a quieter set of “right choices.” As we’ve been saying, the right decision is deeply personal. It depends on the competitor, the course, and that […]

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Five things that have literally been left behind on the course

Elizabeth Morris/NBC We talk about “leaving it all” on the course. But some Ninjas leave even a little more… We always talk about “leaving it all” on the American Ninja Warrior course. Usually, we mean that in the figurative sense. The Ninjas leave it all out there, their energy, their hearts, all their hard work. But what about the things that are literally left on the course? As the Ninjas zip along at top speeds, sometimes some belongings are sacrificed along the way. Here are five things that have literally been left on the course. 1 – John Loobey left […]

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JJ Woods’ risky Stage One move paid tribute to his roots in parkour

Photo by: David Becker/NBC/NBU Photo Bank Most times, we would say this was unnecessary. But for JJ, it made perfect sense. The choices made on the American Ninja Warrior course decide every make or break moment. A split-second decision either sends a Ninja home or sends them on to the next round. This week, we’re taking a closer look at some great decisions – Examples of making the right choice in the right moment for the right competitor. After we discussed Jessie Graff’s Daytona City Final’s choice, we asked the readers to share what other moments we should break down. […]

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Kid Owhadi and Daniel Gil have a ‘Kinda Nice’ podcast

Photo by: Brett Deering/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images The Ninja Warriors decided to start up a podcast for the two of them to discuss whatever they’d like. Have you ever thought to yourself, “Hey, I’d really like to just hang out with Kid Owhadi and Daniel Gil for awhile. They seem chill and cool.” Well, you’re in luck. Their new podcast is almost exactly that. The two American Ninja Warriors have quietly started up a podcast where they basically shoot the breeze. The show is called, “Kinda Nice” and the topics are wide and varied. Sometimes […]

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Who do you think will become a “Last Ninja Standing” (or winner) in the coming years?

Elizabeth Morris/NBC Which Ninjas will add their names to the history books? Well, it’s the last post of our “Firsts and Lasts” theme week, so obviously it had to be about a last, rather than a first. We don’t want to talk about last runs and last moments that much because usually, that’s just a bummer. So how do you make a last more upbeat? Put it in the context of the show’s competition! Who do you think we’ll see earn the “Last Ninja Standing” title in the coming seasons? So we’re stretching that definition a bit. Generally, the Last […]

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