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!

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February 2017- Video Barrage

I was looking through my phone’s video library yesterday and realized I had about 30 exercise videos I never published so over the course of an hour I blitzed YouTube with a couple dozen new fitness and exercise clips. There’s so many I won’t post them here but they include several ways to spice up your arm training by incorporating body work into it and quite a few ones from the archives that I had never filmed until recently. 

I’ve also added a couple training montages over the last month or so…

Hope all is fit in your neck of the woods and I hope to be posting quite a bit more in 2017!

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…

Climbing, Lunging and Handstands 

Today I headed over to Sender One climbing center and ended up doing a pretty neat workout. 

After some rowing, balance work and general warm up I did this circuit. 

Rock Climbing
Walking Lunges
Handstands 

I would climb for about 5 minutes, then grab some DBs for 24 lunges (12 each leg), then work on handstands for 30-45 seconds. After a few minutes rest I went back to the rock wall and started the circuit again. Five circuits took about 45 minutes and was a great all over workout. 

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!