Ninja athletes aren’t just found on TV. NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior,” which has competitors racing through ingenious and diabolical obstacles, has sparked the development of ninja gyms and leagues across the country. The locales train future ninja warriors, and often cater to kids, who come for parties and training. But they also welcome drop-in visitors of all ages. “It’s a place for people who watch the show and say ‘I can do that’ to see if they really can,” says Grant McCartney, a top competitor who promotes the sport around the world. He shares some favorite gyms.
Ninja Nation, Centennial, Colorado
McCartney calls this gym state of the art. “They didn’t spare expense. It’s show-quality and tech savvy. They have everything.” Expect to find obstacles like floating steps, a warped climbing wall and a salmon ladder, a notorious challenge of leaping pull-ups. “It’s a very hard obstacle, and one kids really want to do.” Additional locations in Colorado and Texas. ninjanation.com
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