Most sports or fitness styles have been around for years and thru trial and error have discovered effective training methods. In recent years very intelligent men like Joel Jameson have worked to incorporate more science into their training for top level precision. In Ninja community we haven’t reached that time for trail & error and the money isn’t there for the science, but who says we can’t learn from everyone else. Many extremely intelligent men and women have come before us, so we might as well take everything we can(we are ninjas after all, so who can stop us?).
First things first, let’s break down what a Ninja Warrior competitor will need.
Grip – Fingers, Whole hand, & Endurance
Strength – Pulling & Support Strength
Feet – Bounding & Landing
Body – Hanging & Swinging
Horizontal – Flat Sprint & Objects
Vertical – Tramp
So with this break down we can expand even further in order to figure out who we want to steal stuff from. So, who is good at what? We all kind of know already. Who excels at Ninja Warrior? Rock Climbers, Gymnast, & Parkour/Free Runners.
Finger Grip Strength – Rock Climbers
Whole Hand Strength – Rock climbers, Gymnast, & Cross trainers (Crossfit, Power lifting, Olympic Lifting)
Grip Strength Endurance – Rock climbers
Pulling Strength – Rock climbers, Gymnast, & Cross trainers
Support – Gymnast & Resistance training
Feet Moving – Parkour, Gymnast, Trampoline training
Feet Landing – Parkour, Gymnast
Body Hanging control – Gymnast, Rock climbers
Body Swinging Control – Gymnast, Parkour
Horizontal Sprints – Track (sprinter & hurdlers), Gymnast, Parkour
Horizontal Objects – Parkour, Track hurdlers
Vertical Tramp – Trampoline training, Gymnast, Parkour
Now that we have some idea of what we need it makes training plans a little(just a little) easier. This allows us to make plans in order to adjust for anyone who wants to find a more enjoyable goal orientated method for staying fit and healthy.
In our next post I will break down workouts for training each of the basic needs for a Ninja Warrior. Once we have all of the basics and training methods covered we can get into different philosophies for creating an effect training schedule for beginners and top competitors.
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