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Friends, today we have something completely new! We are trying to give a time to focus on things to do in Utah for the men in our life. My husband has been slightly obsessed with American Ninja in every Sunday we seem to be watching hours of it on TV. I'll admit, you just kind of sit there with your jaw dropped. (Don't worry, we will be posting about how kids can become Ninjas too!)

So today, we have a post written by my husband, Derek. You'll probably notice he uses correct grammer and way less exclamation marks.

If you’re like me, you’ve signed up for gym passes at multiple locations and on multiple occasions over the years. You’ll go for a few weeks or months, but eventually… you just stop going. There are a lot of reasons why, but in my case, I think it comes down to just plain-old boredom. Going to the gym and doing essentially the same thing week after week always starts to wear on me.

That’s why I was so excited when I found out about Ninja Warehouse in Ogden. If you’re not familiar with it, look up the TV show, American Ninja Warrior and you’ll get an idea of what you’re in for.

Completely unlike anything else I’ve done, Ninja Warehouse offers a workout that’s thoroughly exhausting, extremely challenging, and – dare I say – FUN! Instead of dreading going to the gym as I head out the door, I’ve actually been looking forward to it.

The gym consists of dozens of different obstacles, each challenging in its own way.  If you’ve seen the show, the classic obstacles are all there – the Warped Wall, the Salmon Ladder, Jumping Spider and a bunch more.

Karson Voiles, the owner and operator of the gym (and an American Ninja Warrior competitor) designed and built nearly all of the obstacles himself

So what’s a session at the gym like?  There are two ways to experience Ninja Warehouse – classes and open gym.  Open gym is exactly what it sounds like, and it’s great for practicing obstacles and getting a workout.  For me though, the best way to experience Ninja Warehouse is by attending classes.

Here’s a rundown of a typical day in class:

  • 5 minutes of warm-ups and stretching – led by your instructor.
  • 10 more minutes of warm-up on some of the easier obstacles (which are still pretty tough)
  • 45 minutes of training. Karson selects 3-5 obstacles for the group to work on. Everyone take turns, while Karson goes over technique and gives you one-on-one advice.
  • Team relays. Not everyday, but sometimes everyone will split into teams and run a relay race. The race consists of 10-15 obstacles divided up among your teammates. You’re timed, and cheered on by your team as you compete.

Unlike other things I’ve tried, Ninja Warehouse combines all of the elements I find necessary for helping me keep at it:

  • After just one or two sessions, you’ll meet great people who’ll cheer you on as you try to master the obstacles.  I’m not an outgoing person by any stretch of the imagination, but the other “ninjas” at the gym quickly got to know me, offered advice, and encouraged me to push myself.
  • The obstacles are challenging, and it's easy to see your progress.  At first, I had a hard time even completing most of the obstacles, but after a couple of weeks, I could see that I was reaching more and more handholds, getting higher up the Warped Wall, and hanging on to everything just a little bit longer.  It’s every week you’re getting better, and you notice.
  • Lastly, it’s not monotonous, boring, or mind-numbing. It’s a workout that’s actually fun!

Thanks Derek.

(Harmony here.)

So what do you think?! Could you do it? It was kind of like watching spiders crawling all over the wall. Would you do it? Honestly, I can think of tons of people who would rock this sport.

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Ann Fri, 11/20/2015 - 10:04

We love American Ninja Warriors at my house as well, and my kids are always asking why daddy and I don't compete. This place looks great! I just have to say though- ugggh- this post had SOOO MANY pictures I could hardly get through it.

Ann Fri, 11/20/2015 - 10:11

OH I see now- I just found your blog when I was seeking info about Cox Honeyland, but browsing some of your other posts I see tons of photos is pretty normal. My problem with it is that while I'm reading a post they keep opening and opening like popcorn, but each time they do they bump the page down. So I either have to wait for all of them to load, or keep finding my place in your post every couple of seconds when a new picture loading bumps the page. I use google chrome.

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