5 behind-the-scenes stories about the ANW community

Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images The Ninjas are always there for each other, whether the cameras are rolling or not. Whether it’s on TV or social media, Ninjas are always cheering each other on and lifting each other up. Sure, it’s about the competition and going for the big prize money, but the athletes train together, hang out together, and sometimes even live together. But still, people often ask if the Ninja community is really as supportive as it seems. “Honestly I always tell them it’s even truer in real life,” says Ninja […]

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Halloween is coming…bring on the Ninja costumes!

Bo Benignus Drew Dreschel, Jamie Rahn, and Jessie Graff are always popular costumes. Halloween is just a couple of days away, and we can’t wait to see all the Ninja costumes that fans will create this year! Fans have been rocking ANW Halloween costumes for several years now. Some are elaborate. Some are simple. Some are super clever. But all are fantastic, because they’re Ninjas! It has become somewhat of a tradition around here to share the Halloween costumes of American Ninja Warrior super fans each year (and we never get tired of it!). If you’re still in need of […]

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#MondayMotivation: 4 Ninjas who pushed through the pain in season 11

Photo by: Dennis Mong/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images Let’s look at some of the inspiring Ninjas who have pushed through the pain to keep their dream alive in season 11. If you’re a Ninja yourself, or honestly have ever just had a tough run or workout, you know that sometimes you have to push through the pain to finish. Granted, pushing through the pain isn’t always ideal and can lead to a bigger injury, but when $1 million is on the line in American Ninja Warrior, you do your best to finish despite the odds. Let’s […]

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Ninjas Making a Difference: Roo Yori

Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images This series will highlight a Ninja each week who is making a difference in their community. Nicknamed the “K9 Ninja,” Roo Yori is a tireless advocate for rescuing and adopting dogs, especially pit bulls. Short for Andrew, Roo has been competing on American Ninja Warrior since season 8. He made it through the Qualifiers and to City Finals in seasons 10 and 11, but failed to make it to Vegas. Last season during the Atlanta Qualifiers, the show was promoting the movie, The Secret Life of Pets 2. […]

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Reflecting on season 11: Episode #4 – Kenneth Edwards is a Ninja on the Rise

Matthew Hayward/NBC This Ninja and OCR athlete is putting in the work. The cast, crew, and all involved seemed hit the jackpot when it came to the Tacoma Qualifiers—the indoor course and daytime hours received rave reviews from practically everyone. Today, we’ll focus on a Tacoma competitor who hit the jackpot for a different reason—her got a winning walk-on lottery ticket! Kenneth traveled all the way from New York to Tacoma without a guarantee that he’d even be able to touch the course. Luck was on his side that night! View this post on Instagram Make sure your T.V. is […]

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Throwback Thursday: Watch Lance Pekus’ first ANW run ever

Photo by: Adam Bettcher/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images “A lot of things have changed since 2012 but it all started with this run.” Lance Pekus has competed in eight seasons of American Ninja Warrior, making him one of the OGs around here. Known for running the course in blue jeans and a cowboy hat, the Cowboy Ninja posted his very first ANW experience on Twitter last week. This run is from the Venice Beach Qualifiers in season 4, back in 2012. Check it out: @nbcninjawarrior Wednesday! way back to my first season, back before kids, back […]

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Grant McCartney used his Ninja skills to win a unique prize

Grant McCartney Ninjas were in the house for Game 2 of the World Series! This year we witnessed a Ninja win a million dollars. In other competitions, we’ve seen Ninjas win smaller sums of money, trophies, medals, Ninja holds, and even a car. We’ve never seen a Ninja win this though… Thanks to ANW fans who gave them the heads-up, Grant McCartney and Nate Burkhalter found out about a local competition called “The Worlds Serious Obstacle Course”. Held at Jumping World in Houston and hosted by The New 93Q, whoever had a clean run in the fastest time would win […]

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What Mady Howard’s ANW runs can teach us about gratitude

Photo by: Matthew Hayward/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images The rookie’s thoughts on running the ANW course can apply to our non-Ninja lives, too. Madison “Mady” Howard was one of the new faces we saw in season 11 on American Ninja Warrior. The 23-year-old ICU nurse from St. George, Utah, had a couple of fast-paced runs in Seattle-Tacoma Qualifiers and City Finals that landed her a spot in Vegas. Her Stage One run wasn’t shown on TV, but highlights showed that her rookie season ended on the Double Dipper. Mady had been a gymnast since she was […]

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Advice from The Anxiety Guy on how Ninjas can perform at their best

Many athletes experience performance anxiety, but it doesn’t have to stop you from competing! I first saw The Anxiety Guy on Mathis “The Kid” Owhadi’s Instagram story. Mathis was going to be talking with Dennis Simsek (The Anxiety Guy) about how Dennis had helped Mathis deal with performance anxiety around the American Ninja Warrior course. While I wasn’t able to tune in, I did catch up with Dennis to learn more about anxiety and what Ninjas (or any athlete, really) can do to calm themselves down before a nerve-wracking competition. Dennis is a Certified NACBT Life Coach and NLP Master […]

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Watch some of Matt & Akbar’s best reactions from Ninja vs. Ninja

Photo by: Evans Vestal Ward/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images You’ll definitely want to see this. It’s no secret that as much as we love our Ninjas on American Ninja Warrior, the show wouldn’t be the same without Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila as the play-by-play duo. The two work so well together—and are hilarious to boot. They were also the hosts of Ninja vs. Ninja, featuring some of the top Ninjas running the course side-by-side in a head-to-head competition. The show was last filmed in 2018, but it was worth digging up the footage to see these reactions: https://www.americanninjawarriornation.com/2019/10/21/20925875/watch-some-of-matt-iseman-akbar-gbajabiamila-best-reactions-american-ninja-warrior

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