1- Hello Adam, can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
Hello hello! Yes, I’ve come to the US to train for the competition Australian Ninja Warrior… which I understand might be a bit weird… why travel to the USA to train for an Australian competition? The answer is that the US has so many Ninja Warrior training gyms and so much experience. Australian Ninja Warrior is less than a year old, the television show hasn’t even aired yet… But the American Ninja Warriors have been training and competing for nearly a decade.
2- What are your focus areas and why?
Ninja Warrior is so hard to train for… you need exception strength, you need to be really skilled in a variety of disciplines, you need great balance, you need really good technique to get through obstacles efficiently. I have none of these, but I’m training hard and getting slightly better every day.
3- How do you describe “Australian Ninja Warrior” in few words?
Australian Ninja Warrior is a television show to be aired sometime around June 2017. About 250 competitors, from Olympians and professional athletes to just regular people try to get through an incredibly hard obstacle course. It’s an incredible show to watch.
4- Where do you think you are making an impact?
When I first started training, I honestly had no idea where to start… all my research on the internet was not so useful… I guess everyone keeps their training secrets close to their chest. I decided to start my own Australian Ninja Warrior blog. I hope that my sharing my training techniques and all the things I’m learning in the US, I can create a community in Australia where we all get better. I’ve come at this pretty late in life, I’m 38 years old and most competitors are 18… so if I can help someone achieve Total Victory then it’ll all be worth it.
5- Can you tell us about your American Ninja Warrior participation?
I haven’t been on American Ninja Warrior yet, but I intend to apply this year. My hope is to be the first person in the whole world to compete on Australian Ninja Warrior and American Ninja Warrior in the same year.
6- Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
I’d love to still be competing… but more importantly, I hope to be running or working in a Ninja Warrior gym help train the next crop of Ninja Warriors.
7- What were some of the biggest challenges you encountered while working on “Australian Ninja Warrior”?
My Australian Ninja Warrior website is tricky to work with… because in America I’m the one who is very new and learning everything afresh… but in Australia I’d be one of the most experienced competitors, and I have to keep reminding myself of that, because I still feel very much like a newbie.
8- What can you tell young people who are pursuing their dreams?
Ninja Warrior is such a great dream to pursue. I think it’s an amazing way to get fit… instead of caring about what you look like, people only care about what you can do and how far you’ve progressed. It’s really exciting to be part of such a young but supportive community. I think if you’ve got an interest in being on the show, go for it. Come over to the website and say hello.
9- What are you most excited about at the moment?
I’m actually just about to start a brand new training regime, I’m a bit scared and nervous, I don’t want to lose all the effort I’ve put in so far… but I need to trust that this process will make me a better Ninja Warrior overall. Sometimes you have to take a step back to surge forward.
10- The last word or final thoughts?
I really want to build a lasting Ninja Warrior community. I want everyone to support each other, help each other and I want people to meet their new best friends. It’s all of us versus the course. Come over to the Australian Ninja Warrior website, we’ve got articles, training blogs, training manuals, videos, lists of gyms to train at, interviews and a forum where everyone can ask questions and share their own tips and tricks.