American Ninja Warrior Kansas City

Kansas City American Ninja Warrior fans, who is ready for ANW Season 9?  They are all set up in front of Union Station.  Filming will be Monday April 24th and Tuesday April 25th.  The competitors have been selected; they are just putting the final touches on the course.


If you have some free time, go check out the American Ninja Warrior course.  There are some road closures ( has the details), but you can still park in the Union Station Parking garage in the back of the building.  If you exit on the 3rd level you end up by the course.  Spectators can see the course (stay outside of the fence) from the Liberty Memorial or inside Union Station (go up the elevator to the 3rd floor).   IT is a pretty large setup that takes up the whole front parking lot.  Definitely something to see for anyone interested in American Ninja Warrior.


Another way to experience the course, if you were not selected to be a contestant, is to be a tester.  I had the opportunity to be a tester last weekend and it was a pretty fun experience.  This is not testing to be on the show, which involves an online application and video submission due at the beginning of the year.  Visit for more details.  A tester helps the crew of the course test individual obstacles.  They are looking for males and females of different sizes to try the obstacles.  Then the crew may make small adjustments to the obstacle angles, handles, difficultly, etc.   You never know how it will end up for the official show. american ninja warrior kansas city 2017 molly wichman 1


I was invited to be a tester from someone I know at Apex Climbing Gym.  They have a ninja warrior training facility and offer ninja warrior classes.  After being selected, you receive an email with all of the details of being a tester.  While they told me what to bring and where to go, I didn’t know what to expect.  I went to two testing sessions.  One had about 10 testers and the other one had over 30 testers.  The crew gave directions, then let us know which obstacle we would start with.  Everyone who wanted to do that obstacle got in line, and tried it out.  They the crew would take us to another obstacle.  You never know how long we would be at that obstacle before moving on.  To get the whole experience, make sure to watch all of the testers and see how they do the obstacles with different technique.  Also, cheer on the testers and see how everyone helps and coaches testers from the sidelines.


Overall, I would say being a tester is the next best thing to being a contestant on the show.  You get to try out your skill on the course, experience the atmosphere and have some fun with like-minded individuals.  If you ever get the opportunity to be a tester, then try it out and have fun!


If American Ninja Warrior is coming to your town, check out to apply to be in the audience.

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American Ninja Warrior Kansas City

Kansas City American Ninja Warrior fans, who is ready for ANW Season 9?  I know I am.  American Ninja Warrior is coming to Kansas City on April 24-25, 2017.  I have recently been playing around at Apex Climbing Gym in Overland Park, KS in their Ninja Warrior room.  This is a great workout and place to work on balance and grip strength.  Let me tell you what I have been up to.

In January I applied for American Ninja Warrior by submitting an application (application link).  I probably will not be selected for the show, but it was fun training. I have strength, but ninja warriors have a different type of strength.  After searching Kansas City for a ninja warrior gym, I came across Apex Climbing Gym in Overland Park, KS.  This gym fit my hours and had the training equipment to help me with ninja strength.

Next, I set up a training program.  I love to lift weights, so I kept this in my weekly schedule, but I added in Apex training. I changed my weekly schedule to have four weight training days (at Anytime Fitness Lee’s Summit or World Gym Merriam) and four Apex ninja warrior training days. 

Weight training days were as follows: quads and glutes, shoulders and abs, hamstrings and glutes, back and abs.  I changed my weight training to supersets to speed up my workouts and get my heart rate elevated.  I also added in balance, hanging and core exercises into my weight training sessions.  Then, 20-30 minutes of cardio after each weight training session. 

Apex ninja warrior training was focused on hanging and balance.  Usually, I would set up a superset of a hanging exercise and a balance exercise, and then repeat 5 times.  I would keep doing different exercises for about 60 minutes.  Sometimes I would add in some climbing in the climbing gym or some functional cardio.  Examples of supersets are:

Flexed arm hang in cannonball alley/balance on tube

Campus board/ stand on tube and roll across room

Peg board/balance on board on 1 foot

Finger board/ Slackline

So, weight training and Apex ninja warrior training made up the bulk of my training, I also like to do some on my own.  Local parks are filled with workout and ninja warrior training apparatuses.  We live in Lee’s Summit, where our Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation program has built some outstanding parks and trails.  Look at a park and see where you can jump, hang. Balance, push or pull yourself to do a workout.  You can have a lot of fun in your own back yard.  I have the benefit of having a Lee’s Summit park less than a mile away.  One of my favorite workouts is to jog to the park, do a park workout and jog home.  This is definitely a great way to start your day.  Also, look around your house to see how you can hang or balance.  Ninja Warrior training can be fun.  Involve your family and kids to see how everyone can improve balance and strength.

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