If you’ve ever seen any of the exhilarating and awe-inspiring obstacle course training shows on TV like American Ninja Warrior or Ultimate Beastmaster, you’ve probably had the same thought we all did the first time we saw it, “I wonder if I could do that”. You aren’t alone, anyone who has taken up ninja training as a hobby knows that feeling of uncertainty well, and most of them will probably tell you the same thing in response, “Yes, you can”. 


The second thing they will most likely tell you is “but it won’t be easy”. And they wouldn’t be wrong. Ninja warrior training and obstacle course training is a test of willpower, and determination. With every obstacle comes a group of muscles that can take hours and hours of training before you can master it, but the feeling that comes along with beating an obstacle for the first time is worth every drop of sweat. If that sounds exhausting, don’t worry, the chances are you will barely notice how much work you are putting in, because you’ll be having fun. After all, this isn’t a weight bench or a treadmill we’re talking about, this is the kind of training that you wake up in the morning looking forward to. 


Within the next few blog posts, we’re going to be taking a look at how to prepare yourself for and how to begin training for Ninja Warrior or any other obstacle course race. We’ll take a look at which muscle groups you need to strengthen for the best results, and where to start. But before we get started with any of that, we want to stress that you should only begin obstacle course training if you are healthy enough to do so. If you have any kind of heart condition, physical disability, are pregnant, or dealing with any major health issues, please consult your doctor before attempting any kind of ninja warrior training. 


Now that we have that out of the way, we can get into the first steps towards becoming a ninja warrior, and luckily for you, these are two steps that we very much have covered. The first two things you will need for your ninja training are a coach, and an obstacle course training gym. Not only will a coach help you stay motivated, but they will know the techniques you need to complete each obstacle. Training with a coach ensures that your time and efforts are going in the right direction towards your goals, and to spot any habits that may lead to future injury. As far as the need for an indoor obstacle course goes, it should be pretty obvious. If you want to learn how to run obstacle courses, you need obstacles! If you live near or find yourself in the Fenton Michigan area, stop in to Tri County Ninja to use our extensive obstacle course training gym, consult with our staff of talented and skilled coaches, or participate in one of our many guided fitness classes. No matter your skill or training level, we have been there, and we are here to show you how fun it can be to face new challenges and improve yourself. 


Check back soon for our next blog post, where we will discuss which muscle groups to start training, and which obstacles are best to start with.