If you’ve been taking your kid to our Ninja Warrior classes, you might want to think about seeing if you can do it yourself. However, how do you go from couch to TV star? The process is more straightforward than you might think. However, there are some things to think about if you really want to be the next American Ninja Warrior.
Get in Shape
First, you need to be in the best shape of your life. Working on your cardio, strength, and agility will be vital in getting on the show. You should mix in running, swimming, rock climbing, strength training, and even yoga. It’s critical that you train every muscle group to ensure that you won’t have a weak link.
Go to a Ninja Warrior Gym
Though you don’t have to, most competitors will train in these gyms. Ninja gyms are perfect for taking a look at close to the actual obstacles that you will face in the competition. In addition, many members will understand their goals. Though competitive, these gyms are also a family. Making sure that you can get there when they get there starts to become a goal as well.
Try an Obstacle Course
Though they are nothing like the Ninja Warrior, trying courses like the Tough Mudder or Spartan Race will let you know how well you are progressing. Working various lengths and obstacle numbers will ensure that you can test the limits of your speed, strength, and cardio at different times and with different factors.
When you apply to be on the show, you have to apply as early as you can. The team that reviews the applications looks at everyone! This means the later that applications come in, the more you have to prove to get into the application pool. It’s estimated that 90% of the requests come in during the last three days of the application period. As such, they end up watching 1000s of videos in the previous week making earlier applications that much more critical.
How to Apply for the Ninja Warrior
Tell a Story
Your personal story is more important than your ability. Everyone applying is strong. It’s the story that got you there that matters.
Rather than talking about your abilities or story, try to show them. Use pictures show a move or course run. Being able to see is more important than being able to hear.
Keep Energy Levels High
In the first thirty seconds, the casters should know your personality is what they are looking for. What are they looking for? Energy. You need to show them you have what it takes to wow an audience.
Think About a First Date
You should be selling yourself in this video. Think about what makes you unique and why you are better than everyone else. Use that to your advantage.
Keep Editing Simple
You don’t have to edit amazing background music or music synced to pushups. It helps, but too much editing can actually do more harm than good. After all, you are the competitor, not the filmer.
Shoot Quality Footage
When you make the footage that you need to apply, you must make sure that you have a high-quality final cut. You should work to be enthusiastic and personable. At the same time, you should work to make sure that your voice can be heard over the background music and that the lighting is just right for space.
If you are looking to get into the American Ninja Warrior, then there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
Our founder, Duncan, was on the Ninja Warrior! Now he spends his time teaching children to stay healthy via our child-friendly ninja warrior classes! If you want to see your child grow in confidence and skill, this class is perfect.