American Ninja Warrior - First Day of Training

While traveling on business to Toronto a few weeks back I discovered this amazing show--American Ninja Warrior. Suffice it to say, I was hooked and decided to make it my goal to attempt it next year. I actually have been an avid runner for about 5 years now and have been TRX training for about 2 years. 

Even while being on the road and working 60+ hour weeks, I honestly believe with a bit more training (ok, significantly more training) that I can physically compete. Here's my plan.


  1. Increase my training from once a day to twice a day.
  2. Adopt a "clean eating" routine.
    1. Eliminate alcohol.
    2. Avoid eating out like the plague.
    3. Favor veggies, lean protein and reduce my starch intake.
    4. In general, make healthy decisions.
  3. Hydration, hydration, hydration!
  4. Approach this endeavor with the same passion and dedication I give to my career.



  1. Increase TRX training from twice a week to 5 times a week.
  2. Running
    1. Increase my runs, typically 4-5 runs per week, from 3 miles to 7+ miles.
    2. Incorporate one extra day for speed workouts (1 mile in 6 minutes).
  3. Incorporate lots of training on the monkey bars. I have been doing this for about 3 weeks. (However, I don't remember getting blisters as a kid.)
  4. Take a parkour class twice a month. There's one in my area.
  5. Join a bouldering gym.


This has never been a problem. This is where my OCD comes in handy.

Starting Specifications

  1. Weight: 175 lbs.
  2. Height: 5'6" (I am a Hobbit)
  3. Other metrics: Pending

Todays' Routine

  1. Running: 7.5 mi in 59:47 (7.0 - 8.0 - 7.0 mph, repeat). Treadmill at the Training Center at the Courtyard Marriott.

  2. Post Running Workout
    1. 50 crunches
    2. One-arm side-laps in plank position off bench. 
    3. Plank position off 10 lbs. dumbbells with 1-arm raises
    4. SpiderMan pushups off bench
    5. TRX reverse push off tree 
    6. Pullups off tree
    7. TRX Y's
  3. Laps in the pool - 30 mins