So You Think You Can Be a 'Ninja Warrior'? 8 Ways to Survive a Course No American Has Completed
I am the furthest thing from a ninja: I'm not good at tiptoeing, I've never used a sword, and I don't wear hoodies because I'm genuinely afraid of the dark. Besides watching Jean-Claude Van Damme movies during my childhood, I have little knowledge of the karate kind. So when I got the call to try out the famed "American Ninja Warrior" course in Las Vegas, I was beyond worried about how I should prep.
This was a course borrowed from the Japanese that no American had ever completed, a playground for men as strong as steel and as silent as secrets. Sure, I'd competed on some courses during my tenure at a Real World/Road Rules Challenge, but this was the Olympics for ninjas, not tug-of-war against a hung-over Trishelle or CT.
With only a few days' notice, I didn't have time to prepare myself fully for ninja-ing (that would take decades of training); but I did everything in my power to make the most of my sudden "American Ninja Warrior" opportunity.
1. No Hair, Nowhere
De-hair myself. Ninjas are the sphinxes of the human kingdom. Start with the legs and work your way up. Remember, if the razor doesn't work, you can always wax on, wax off!
2. No Shoes, You Lose!
Most ninjas are barefoot, but I've got a bunion that has set up shop on my big toe, so protective padding is a must. Basic running shoes work for me.
3. Seeing Is Believin'
Ninjas roll at night. Not me. I got to the course during daylight hours to actually see what I was up against. And let me say, I was up against a lot.