Pauline Avila provided a powerful picture of the struggles of frontline heroes

Elizabeth Morris/NBC There is no doubt she’s a warrior, regardless of the obstacles on the course. When American Ninja Warrior set out to film a new season in the middle of pandemic, everyone knew there was no point in pretending like things were normal. Besides the new format and safety precautions that made the show even possible, NBC and the producers went a step further by looking for Ninjas who exemplify the community and the unprecedented times we’re living in. That’s how Pauline Avila found herself standing at the start line. Pauline is a Ninja. She competed back in season […]

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Grant McCartney on his lunge for the Mega Wall, ‘If anyone offers me $10,000 to try something, I’m probably going to try it’

Elizabeth Morris/NBC Grant reflects on coming into the season with little notice and making it work. Grant McCartney is a big Ninja personality. Literally. When we asked him about his Ninja group this season of Mike Wright and Kamerion Wimbley, he replied, “Big Ninja club! Swole Squad! Thick boy club! Over 200 pounds only.” Grant has made a name for himself on American Ninja Warrior by combining his big personality with handling his large frame well on the course. A few times, its led to a conundrum when his dancing and waving have contributed to timing issues bumping him out […]

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Here’s all the info you need leading into the season 12 premiere

It’s almost time! Make sure you’re prepared! It’s here. IT’S HERE! Tonight, American Ninja Warrior makes it’s triumphant return to our TV screens. We’ve been shouting this info from the rooftops for a couple of weeks now, but ONE more time for the people in the back… Season 12 will premiere tonight (September 7) at 8pm EST/PST on NBC. There are a few things you should know ahead of time so that tonight you can just settle in and enjoy the without wondering about the changes you’ll see. Here are the articles you should check out ahead of the premiere, […]

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Watch the first 14 minutes of American Ninja Warrior’s season premiere

Elizabeth Morris/NBC Can’t wait till Monday? Then don’t! American Ninja Warrior returns on MONDAY, people!!! That’s just a couple days away! (Monday, September 7 at 8pm EST/PST on NBC.) Can’t wait that long? NBC understands, so they just dropped the first 14 minutes of the episode for us! To be honest, it took us about 20 seconds to start getting emotional. The show opens with a powerful reminder that the world is a pretty daunting place right now, but we all have the Ninja spirit to push on. We’re not crying. YOU’RE crying. Okay, deep breath. Time to put the […]

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How to watch American Ninja Warrior: Season 12’s premiere episode

Elizabeth Morris/NBC The course is back on Monday, September 7 at 8pm EST/PST on NBC. The time has come… American Ninja Warrior is back with a brand new season! The show pulled out all the stops to create the competition we crave during a pandemic. The eight-episode season features a new format but has all the action and heart that we expect. Monday’s episode will be the first of four Qualifiers before the show moves into Semi-Finals. Akbar Gbajabiamila, Matt Iseman, and Zuri Hall are all back to report on the action and we’ll see inspiring new rookies and our […]

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American Ninja Warrior offers a ‘first look’ at season 12

Elizabeth Morris/NBC The preview highlights the safety precautions that made this season possible. New format. New obstacles. Same amazing Ninjas. That’s our takeaway from this “first look” at American Ninja Warrior released by NBC to Entertainment Weekly. We already knew that things had to change in order for season 12 to be possible. When taping was delayed back in March, production never stopped searching for a way to get the cameras rolling again. Once they had a plan they were confident would keep the Ninjas and crew safe, it was time to make some magic. American Ninja Warrior was one […]

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Michelle Warnky has had a busy offseason

Photo by: David Becker/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images With all that training, she’ll definitely be ready for season 12. Michelle Warnky has been one of the most popular female competitors on American Ninja Warrior since she first appeared in season 5. Tied with Meagan Martin as the most female qualifications for a City Finals (6), we’ve seen Michelle leave it all on the course year after year. (Literally.) While 2020 has been a blur for many of us, Michelle has been keeping busy and getting in her Ninja training for season 12. The biggest news is that she and […]

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The Striding Steps focused on dynamic duos

David Becker/NBC We loved these match ups! The Striding Steps are one of the wildest and most unpredictable challenges of the American Ninja Warrior All-Stars special. The newest special brought it back and kept the focus on dynamic duos. The Striding Steps are all about agility and speed. The Ninjas race side-by-side down nine steps that are about five-feet apart. They swing out on a rope to turn around and attempt to return to the buzzer. The game is unpredictable because when the pressure is on, any tiny misstep or mistake can send a Ninja swimming. But the pairings created […]

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Watch Michael Torres and Ethan Swanson race for the Mega Spider Climb championship

Just when we thought it wasn’t possible for them to go faster… They went faster. The American Ninja Warrior All-Stars special featured the return of one very scary skills challenge. The Mega Spider Climb requires that Ninjas ascend the 75-feet of Stage Four using just their hands and feet in a narrow chute. It’s draining. It’s daunting. And these competitors dominated it. The challenge pitted two Chicago-area Ninjas (Michael Torres and Ethan Swanson) against two Atlanta-area Ninjas (Tyler Gillett and Kevin Carbone). But Tyler and Kevin nobly took a bow to their counterparts after both lost their heats in record-setting […]

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Allyssa Beird shares some of her favorite workouts on Instagram

Photo by: David Becker/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images Her Instagram account is filled with workouts and motivational posts, so we wanted to share a few of them as we get psyched for season 12. Allyssa Beird has competed in four seasons of American Ninja Warrior, making to Stage One of the National Finals three times and Stage Two once (season nine). Ever since she first appeared in season eight, the elementary school teacher has been setting records: first woman to be the first finisher in City Qualifiers, second woman to attempt Stage Two, and the sixth […]

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