May 2017- The Latest

As life carries me in many directions the Bare 5 Fitness blog has not been getting much love the last several months. My fitness hasn’t slowed down but getting content here has fallen on the priority scale quite a bit. The Playground Ninja has taken a chunk of it and I started playing baseball again so my training and workouts have shifted a bit from where they have been for a good while.

Like most jack of all trade seekers I’m still dabbling in many different things trying to keep good balance and overall proficiency. 

Workouts these days are a little less ninja based and more strength and power based, with a special emphasis on legs and rotation. I haven’t played baseball in 13 years and have some catching up to do so I hope to tailor my training a bit more toward sport performance the next few months. I’ll try to share some of that as I go along. 

All the while I’ve tried to keep up on getting videos of new exercises and workouts out there. The Playground Ninja Fitness Series now has 3 installments (Pull, Core, Push) with another in the works this week. 

Bare 5 covered some SuperMoves…

I’ve also been using barbell and dumbbell complexes lately…

And adding some new exercises to the program…

Hope fitness is finding you all well. 

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The Playground Ninja

If you’ve seen my American Ninja Warrior submission video and some of my recent social media posts than you probably saw this coming…

ThePlaygroundNinja.com

theplaygroundninja on Instagram

The Playground Ninja Facebook Page

playgroundninj on Twitter

It’s been in the works for a while but I made it official a couple weeks ago. They’ll all be pretty simple but I thought it would be a fun way to document my playground ninja activity.

Thanks for reading, have a great day!

August 2016- New Videos

I’m still playing around with different things and workouts. Here’s the latest videos from the last month or so…

Jump, Dip & Hang

One of my favorite styles of workouts. A set of jumps, a set of dips, a set of hanging. All different styles and types, over and over again until I feel done. No particular structure other than that, just go with what I feel like. Today it was at the community center and park.

Ninja Training

It’s that time of year again where myself and tens of thousands of other hopefuls apply and are now awaiting word from American Ninja Warrior. In theory the west coast competition happens in mid March which means you’re hoping for a call sometime in February. If March comes around and you haven’t heard anything it pretty much means start training for next year unless you want to be a walk on (which unfortunately means camping out in Venice Beach for a week and a half which most people, myself included, aren’t going to do). 

Although 50,000 applicants for 600 spots means the odds are forever not in our favor, most ninjas keep prepared just in case. So I’ve been doing my usual training program the last couple months which has been unstructured, sporadic and intuitive in hopes of keeping a mild baseline of ninja-fit. I’m not nearly where I was last year because life has pushed my priorities elsewhere but I’m still doing ok grand scheme. 

In general I still train the same ways and keep as much variety as I can. As a goid example the last week has seen 3 “workouts”…

Mild Ninja training:

Rock Climbing/Basketball Shootaround

Gym: 5 circuits of increasing weight for about 10 reps:

Straight Arm DB Flys
Bridging DB Triceps Extension 
Walking Lunge
Hanging Side Crunch & Skin The Cat

I just bought a razor scooter to incorporate as well and can’t wait to play around on that. 

I’ll be sure to share if anything good happens on the ANW front!

Return to Fitness & Videos

After a little break from exercising and a big break from posting about it I have decided it’s time to get back into it. I’ve been playing around with a few new things lately so I thought it would be nice to share them on the site. 

Most of my personal fitness has been light the last two months as made it a point to separate from working out. I took it easy for the most part with a few light things here and there and enjoyed a two week vacation with lots of golf, pool time and bike riding. 

I returned to regular life with a ninja warrior competition last weekend and got back in the swing of things with a trip to a local university for some play and exercise…

Here’s a few other exercises I’ve been incorporating lately…

Glad to be back!