It’s Saturday Night and like most families we are sat down, snuggled on the sofa watching the TV. We are an active family and have always enjoyed watching Ninja Warrior. And like most people who are sitting on their sofa, we shout at the television as a contestant misses the rope swing and plummets into the cold water, that ‘We could do that’. It looks so simple on the television and its easy for us to say that we could do it without trying.
For those of you that have been living in the darkness for the past few years, Ninja Warrior is a game show where contestants compete against each other and the clock on an indoor assault course. Each contestant begins the first stage of the competition in attempting to complete 6 obstacles and pushing the big red button at the end and hopefully with a fast time, going on through to the semi final. Some of the obstacles include dancing stones, tarzan rope, giant gymnasium rings that you swing from one to another, monkey wall that you wedge yourself between, moving punchbag and a rolling balance beam among many others. The most important and popular obstacle of all is the ‘warped wall’. A wall that is inclined and curves back on itself. These obstacles test ability, strength, co-ordination and speed.
My boys, including the grown up one, have always been interested in doing obstacle courses, they have made ones up in the garden and also entered races, where they have had the chance to experience many different types of obstacles in a field/mud. So, much to our delight when we found out that an indoor obstacle course was opening up within 50 miles of where we live, we couldn’t wait to try it out.
Lucky for the boys, we was in the area at the weekend so we decided to book them in for the hour of Ninja Training.
As we arrived we was a little disheartened to see that It was smaller than what we was expecting, but after 5 minutes in the hall we quickly noticed that the obstacles were quite compacted in. Only children aged over 8 are allowed onto the course and you must sign a waiver before entering.
I stayed in the seating area and watched the boys and Dad trying out all the obstacles.
There were many of the same activities that you would find are on the Television programme. After 10 minutes they were feeling the strain on the muscles, but it didn’t stop them from going ahead and trying out all of the obstacles that were available for them to go on.
A favourite of, pretty much everyone, was the Warped Wall. Everyone wanted to see if the could beat the wall. I didn’t get a video of Dad doing, but you have my word that he managed to get to the top. My son Joseph was determined not to allow it to beat him and kept on trying until he made it to the top without help.
The Quintuple steps may look easy, The eldest boy kept practising until he managed to get across without falling to the floor. Each board is set a 45′ angle, you need to use your speed and agility to push yourself from one to another.
The jump hang is where you jump onto a mini trampoline and leap onto the cargo net. Be careful, as you may miss the net and land on the floor. There is no water under there to drop into, unlike the TV programme, this is hard core training. Using your leg muscles and testing your grip.
Using his agility and strength, Dad made it across the Spider Wall. You need strong legs and upper arm strength for this one. He then went onto the Pole Slider, this obstacle requires a lot of strength in the upper arms. Hanging from a pole, Dad negotiated the rises to move the bar along to the end.
There really is lots to get stuck into and practice your skills on. And if you do want a little rest from it all then there is a cafe that you can rest in and enjoy a nice drink or a snack.
The hour went by quickly and it was soon time to leave the building. It costs £10/hour for the Ninja Training and there is an extra cost to compete in the race zone and try and get your name up on the leaderboard.
Everyone really enjoyed themselves. We will definitely be visiting again.
Thank you for reading 🙂