The Battle for Mt. Midoriyama

Inspiration. Perspiration. Motivation. I can’t think of any other “tions” at the moment, but these would certainly describe the amazing American Ninja Warrior competition.

If you’re into friendly solo competition with a massive obstacle course,  you need to grab your remote some Monday night and cheer with everyone else. I can’t think of a comparison to ANW’s model of competition, along with the atmosphere of friendliness that surrounds each competitor, and each round of competition. Everyone’s cheering for everyone else, everybody is friends with everyone else, and the obstacles are very difficult. Of course, with most things American, ANW is an idea we borrowed from the Japanese, a spin-off of the Japanese television series Sasuke. ANW features hundreds of competitors attempting to complete a series of obstacle courses of increasing difficulty, trying to make it to the national finals on the Las Vegas Strip, in hopes of becoming an “American Ninja Warrior” to take home $1 million greenbacks.

Some of the competitors who get through the entire course are not exactly who you might expect would be “muscular” enough to do so, but they certainly surprise you. On the flip side, some who are very muscular you might say “oh, they’ve got this!”, actually don’t make it halfway through. Unpredictable. The two guys who host the event every week also add some comic commentary to the competition amidst the moderate levels of stress while watching people try to swing their way through the obstacles, most of which require much upper body strength and stamina.

Again, I can’t think of another national competitive event which is more inspirational, motivational, with an overall more friendly atmosphere than American Ninja Warrior. It’s simply fun to watch.

Within 10 years, if God continues to show me favor with good health , my goal is to literally join in on the fun. Seems like a fun way to win $1M taxable bucks!


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