Have you ever watched American Ninja Warrior? This is one of my favorite shows because it shows dedicated athletes defeating their fears.
Since I was outside Atlanta, GA in a small town called Marietta, I decided to challenge myself and go to Ninja Quest.
Ninja Quest is a training gym that prepares people to take on challenges they can face in the TV show. It has a warped wall, climbing ropes, and other unique obstacles.
I went to two open gyms; one on Monday and one on Wednesday.
Monday was my first day. The trainer Julian walked me around and showed me the do’s and don’ts gym. Before I knew it, I had the thumbs up to try anything I wanted.
I did the swinging rings first. It has 3 rings that you had to grab and swing across to a blue mat, and if you missed, you fell into a pit full of foam cubes. It took me a couple tries (getting out of the pit was not fun either; you practically had to swim to get out) but I finally got it! I felt like a little kid on the monkey bars swinging. I also got to do a front flip into the pit which was exhilarating and FUN!
The next big obstacle I tried was the spider climb. This was where two columns ran 6 feet apart from each other. Using your hands and feet, you had to scoot yourself up the wall like a 4-legged spider. I was nervous for this one; the brain’s natural reaction to something new (and high up) is to freak out. But, I got over it and started it and before I knew it, I was practically at the top. This was easy for me and I did it a bunch of times.
Also at the gym, there is a section that you can climb up to and you can jump from platform to platform. I didn’t do this because I didn’t want to fall 10 feet onto cement, but there were some experienced ninjas doing some park horror and it was crazy to watch.
The other obstacle I did was the Warped Wall. They had three heights; 10 ft, 12 ft, and 14 ft. The 10 ft wall was super easy for me, I flew up the wall. The 12ft wall also was fairly easy, but I really had to pull myself up. The 14ft wall on the other hand, took 3 tries for me and a lot of grit. One tip I learned was to run as hard as you can , take your last step as close to the wall as you can, and take your biggest step first. Once I learned this, the next tries I gripped the top of the wall. My triceps was pulsing and I almost couldn’t hold on, but I wanted to get up so bad and when I refocused, I used my leverage to get up the wall.
After the first day, I was super sore. But I had a such a great time I knew I wanted to come back before I left again!
On Wednesday, I was able to pop in for the last hour of open gym. That day was also competition night. People got to sign up and have a mini challenge course set up. It was super fun to watch; everyone cheered everyone on and the atmosphere was positive.
I would give this gym 5/5 stars; it is AMAZING! You get a great workout and it doesn’t feel like a chore.
Have you ever been to Ninja Quest? What Ninja gyms have you been to? Leave me some suggestions in the comments!