These Ninjas are embracing the holiday spirit

Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images From ugly sweaters to lights in the Big Apple, these Ninjas (and hosts!) are having some fun this year. Whether your holidays officially start right after Halloween or you wait until Thanksgiving, there’s no denying that by now, the holiday spirit is in full force. From ugly sweaters to lights in the Big Apple, these Ninjas (and hosts!) are having some fun this year. Of course Grant McCartney has found himself a Christmas vest and a new hairdo. View this post on Instagram Get in the Spirit y’all! ⁣ #ChristmasTime #ImHereForIt #WhovilleHair⁣ ⁣ What your […]

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POLL: What’s your favorite Ninja challenge?

Photo by: Michael Becker/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images Tell us which one you like the best! I was just minding my business, scrolling through Instagram, when I came across a new Ninja challenge called “change them socks” on Kyle Soderman’s IG story. Basically, you have to change a pair of socks in the amount of time it takes to film an IG story—while standing on a PVC pipe or foam roller. Which made me wonder… is this the most creative challenge we’ve seen? Or is it Grant McCartney’s new Knee Hop Challenge? View this post on […]

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What is lock-off strength and why is it important for Ninjas?

Photo by: David Becker/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images Being able to lock off is very helpful for climbing obstacles and other upper body challenges when you might lose your grip with one hand. “Locking off” is a term that those in the climbing community are probably familiar with, but might be new to others. It’s when you hold your arm in a bent position and hold it there while you reach for something else with your other arm. Another way to describe it is holding the top of a pull-up. It requires arm strength, a strong […]

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Looking for a Ninja gym or competition near you?

https://www.ninjaguide.com/anw-ninja-warrior-training-gyms/map/ The best resource we have found so far is NinjaGuide.com. We are often asked how fans and aspiring Ninjas can find places to train and competitions to test their skills against other athletes. The best resource we have found so far is NinjaGuide.com. The website is updated regularly and includes: A list of gyms in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia An interactive map of gyms all around the world A rundown of all the Ninja leagues Competitions in the US and Canada (including a searchable calendar) Information on every season of American Ninja Warrior and ANW Junior Ninja […]

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Ever-supportive ANW fans show their support by sporting Ninjas’ unique logos

Karson Voiles T-shirts are a popular way to show the world your Ninja love! Ninja fans show their love and support for Ninjas in many ways. They cheer at competitions, they make signs, they follow on social media, and they practically shout it from the rooftops that Ninjas are phenomenal human beings. We’ve also noticed another way that Ninja fans support their favorite Ninjas – they collect and wear their shirts! In general, we’ve noticed that fans don’t just have one or two shirts from their very favorite Ninjas. They have a whole stack…a whole drawer full…enough to wear a […]

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POLL RESULTS: Who could be the next American Ninja Warrior Champion?

Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images The results were split! We asked a big question earlier this week: Who could be the next American Ninja Warrior Champion? The results were split, but a Drew Drechsel repeat narrowly edged out the other options: That being said, there were a handful of solid options thrown out in the ANWN comments and on Facebook: Joe Moravsky Najee Richardson Sean Bryan Adam Rayl Ethan Swanson Mathis Owhadi Brent Steffensen Jessie Graff And then some fans believe that the course creators are going to step up the challenge on […]

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Ninjas love a good hard challenge

April Beckner We’ve come to expect amazing challenges from Ninjas, but these are extra amazing! Ninja training in general is not for the faint of heart. These Ninjas are tough, strong, and fearless, and honestly, we’ve simply come to expect amazing things from them. However…we’ve recently seen some Ninja challenges that take it to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL. Grant McCartney is in straight up beast mode, flipping these 100 lb. plates around. View this post on Instagram Challenge issued- 100lb #PlateFlip⁣ ⁣ Who’s got this?⁣ Tag Em ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #IslandNinja #Grip #GripStrength #RockClimbing #Ninja #NinjaTraining […]

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Can you do this push-up challenge from Zhanique Lovett?

Photo by: Eddy Chen/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images It’s harder than it looks! If you’ve been reading American Ninja Warrior Nation for awhile, you know we love a good Ninja challenge. There’s Ethan Swanson’s Backflip Challenge, Jamie Rahn’s Stick It or Lick It, and Brian Kretsch’s Kind Act a Day, just to name a few. So, of course, when we saw Zhanique Lovett take on a push-up challenge, we had to share it. First, push-ups on four balls: View this post on Instagram Definitely harder than it looks. Thanks @marv.active & @westleysilvestri for the challenge now I challenge […]

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Jonathan Horton has a new book coming out this week

Jonathan Horton You can order it now. Olympic gymnast and American Ninja Warrior competitor Jonathan Horton has just published his 2nd book, titled Falling Forward, an autobiography about his journey to becoming an Olympic-level gymnast. In his autobiography, Jonathan doesn’t dedicate a whole lot of book space to his successes. Rather, he focuses on the backstories in between the success, highlighting sacrifices, persistence, and self-belief. According to Jonathan, “I was an ordinary kid who failed his way to an Olympic dream. I wasn’t special, and I certainly wasn’t the most talented, but I had an unquenchable desire to achieve my […]

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#MotivationMonday: An inspiring message on failure from Travis Rosen

Photo by: Alex Menendez/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images As difficult as it may feel at times, failure is a part of life and most certainly a part of being a Ninja. Over 11 seasons, we’ve only seen four Ninjas conquer Stage 3 and three conquer Mt. Midoriyama. We’ve seen season-ending injuries and heartbreaking falls due to the smallest of mistakes. But what matters the most is how you come back after a failure. How you pick yourself up and keep going. Travis Rosen shared a personal story of one of his own failures from season seven […]

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