This Gym Teacher, 44, Just Crushed the 'American Ninja Warrior' Semifinals

Katie Dupere
·2 mins read
Photo credit: Sandy Zimmerman/Instagram
Photo credit: Sandy Zimmerman/Instagram

From Men's Health

If being quarantined from the gym has you running low on fitness inspo, look no further. On the latest episode of American Ninja Warrior, Sandy Zimmerman, a 44-year-old physical education teacher from Spokane, WA, absolutely crushed the show's iconic course in no time at all. Her impressive run was part of the American Ninja Warrior 2020 Semifinals, with Zimmerman showing viewers “how P.E. teachers do it.”

In her run, Zimmerman takes on classic obstacles and new challenges, including Clockwork, a new gear-based obstacle that takes some serious momentum. Making the series of five obstacles look easy, Zimmerman gets to the famous Warped Wall and flexes on it — literally. The gym teacher runs up the curved wall of doom, grips the ledge with one hand, and flexes her muscles at the show’s commentators. Talk about a badass.

The American Ninja Warrior Semifinals look a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With no booming crowd cheering contestants on, fellow competitors encouraged Zimmerman throughout her run. Her family also watched her compete via livestream to virtually experience the moment.

On her website, Zimmerman says she found fitness and athletics during her rough childhood. The competitor grew up “poor and on welfare,” and spent years in the foster care system as a child.

“In the midst of all of the chaos, sports and physical activity taught me the life lessons like grit, perseverance and determination that helped me get through my tough childhood,” she says.

Commentators during Zimmerman’s run say she discovered American Ninja Warrior during the show’s seventh season. Zimmerman then competed in seasons 8, 9, 11 and 12 of the competition series, skipping season 10 due to recovery from surgery.

In June 2019, Zimmerman became the first mother to complete the American Ninja Warrior course during the show’s eleventh season. At that time, the show had been around for a full decade. Now, her entire family, including her three children ages 9 to 14, all compete in American Ninja Warrior competitions.

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