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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Back & Core 5

The latest in the Back & Core series, designed as the next progression for intermediate movers or a stand alone for more advanced movers. 

Back & Core 5

Forward/Backward Roll
Side Roll
Pistol Squat
Pistol Squat Roll Standups
Table Hip Swivel
Back Bridge
Floating Scorpion
Side Plank Reach Under
Side Plank Overhead Reach
Rolling Log
Scissors
Beast Birddog
Beast Hop Throughs
One Arm Squat Thrust
Elbow to Ankle Lunge
Wall Walk
Hanging Leg Raise
Hanging Knee Raise
Hanging Side Crunch
Hanging Twist
One Arm Hang
One Arm Hanging Leg Raise
Side Swinging
Seal Drag
Seal Slides/Backward
Bow Crunch

A Couple Full Body Gym Workouts

 As I continue to wait for the ever decreasingly likely phone call invitation to American Ninja Warrior, I keep myself busy with varied workouts. The last couple just happen to have been in the gym…

Tuesday

Foam Rolling and Stretching

Lat Pulldown
5 sets of 10-12 reps, increasing weight each set.

Circuit 4 sets
Hanging Iverted Shrugs 10-15 reps
DB Lateral Raise 5 reps
DB Full Raise 10 reps
Bicep Curl (BB or DB) 10-12 reps
Behind Neck Deep Press 8-10 reps
Walking Hop Lunge 24 total steps

~20 Minutes of misc work with no real order or structure, including:

Hamstring Drops
Hanging
Cable Reverse Flys
Deep Pushups
Body Row
DB Pullover
Hinge Row

…and a few other things I can’t remember at the moment. 🙂

Thursday 

Warm up:
Jump Rope
Kneeling Fire Hydrant
Tipping Bird
Ostrich Twist
Skin the Cat
Shoulder Dislocates
Xiaopeng Forwards

Power Clean 
5 reps, 2 warm up sets and 4 work sets

2 sets:

Hamstring Drop
GHD Sit-up

Circuit, 2 rounds:
Standing Triple Jump
Pushup Bouncing
One Arm Hanging
Handstand

Misc sets of:
Dips
Body Rows
Planks

Some videos of above exercises…




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!

Warm It Up

Warming up is such a tremendously valuable practice that, particularly as you get older and/or increase the demand on the body, can be an irreplaceable part of your exercise program. Over the years I’ve tried a hundred different things and have found some things work, others don’t and still others kinda work but depend on how I’m feeling that day.

For a warmup, my priority is usually a quick activation of the nervous system and mild muscular stimulation and circulatory pump. Nothing tiring, just something that gets my blood pumping, body loose and mind connected. There’s probably dozens of “best” warmup sequences out there but this Warmup and the couple I’ll share down the road are what work for me.

Warm It Up 1 – Outdoors

*Done outside, bare feet and shirt off but could be done anywhere. This is about 35 different moves – I spend anywhere from 10-30 seconds on each one and keep moving for most of the whole 10 minutes it takes me. Could be done in any order this just my basic preference.

Do it once to warm up well. Twice to really warm up. Three, four or five times and you’ve just worked out.

Heel and Toe Raises
Pronate and Supinate Feet
Wiggle Toes
Toe Curl
External and Internal Hip Rotation
Lizard Crawl
Back Breast Stroke
Back Roll
Back Roll Two Sided Toe Touch/V Sit
Back Roll Standup
Back Roll Candlestick Jump
Back Roll Jumping Jack
One Leg Toe Touch and Reach
One Leg Toe Touch and Reach Eyes Closed
Xiaopeng Double Forwards
Upper Body Twists
Bouncing and Shaking
Jumping Jacks
Mountain Climbers
Deep Mountain Climbers
Groiners
Super Speed Arm Raises
Super Speed Flys
Super Speed Rows
Double Arm Circles (forward and back)
Double Arm Raises (quick)
Tuck Jumps
Pop Pushups/Toe Pops
Cossack Squats
Drop Pushups to Backward Jump
Bow/Downward Dog Combo
Bow/Prone Crunch Combo
Skipping
Bear Crawl

Me and a Community Center 3

The latest installment. I may or may not be doing number 4 because I may or may not have been asked to stop climbing all over the place while filming this…

Me and a Community Center 2

Inspired by Tuesday’s workout which only used a corner area of the community center, I headed back over there to explore the possibility of the opposite corner…