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Fitness Craze: The Quest to Become a Ninja Warrior

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Then after that, you're gonna come and do the rope junction.

MARK MARTIN: It's not your typical workout.

From swinging on ropes and maneuvering

through rings to supporting yourself with pegs

and walking on softballs, those training

to become ninja warriors face a rigorous road.

I think gyms like this, gyms like Iron Sports,

training for American Ninja Warrior are

getting so popular because it's a different kind of training.

It involves a lot of calisthenics,

which is just body movement.

MARK MARTIN: Daniel Gil is one of the students

at Houston's American Ninja Warrior Iron Sports Gym.

He and the others tackle obstacle courses developed

by gym owner Sam Sann.

Sann says the intense training works all muscle groups,

and also develops mental toughness.


MARK MARTIN: Sann also competes on American Ninja Warrior,

so he knows what it takes.

SAM SANN: I myself and my staff actually

take the time build different obstacle

to actually give people different type of training,

alternative training versus, you know,

the weight room and stuff like that.

So it does--

I take pride in what we do here as far as,

you know, on all the training and all the obstacle

that we put.

And Sann has the results to back that up.

He says every year, more than 20 people from this gym

alone make it on the show.

That number includes former Olympic gymnast Jon Horton,

who took home a silver medal on the high bar.

I think Houston's probably a hot bed

simply because we've got the best training

facility in the country.

Sam Sann has built just the perfect place to train.

MARK MARTIN: Gyms like Iron Sports

can be found across the country.

It's everybody helping each other versus,

you know, in it to win it.

And I think that that's why, you know, bringing--

I like to invite friends to this place

because I just think it's the people, like the way

everybody helps each other and really serves

each other that way, encourages each other is what brings me

back, what draws me here.

MARK MARTIN: Ninja competitor GeAnna Manners

says it also provides her the opportunity

to be a witness for Jesus Christ.

I just love, like, the fact that this is totally a podium

for, you know, just being able to represent the Lord

in a Christ-like way, and being able to draw people.

MARK MARTIN: Fellow competitor Grant Clinton agrees.

Being a believer, that's what it's all about, really.

It's not about me being up there and performing well.

Of course, I'm a competitor, and I like to do well.

I want to compete well.

But God's glory is first.

MARK MARTIN: The training has provided James Wyatt an avenue

to share his Christian faith.

It's given me an opportunity to start some Bible studies,

to really kind of meet people and talk to people about Jesus

that I probably would never meet.

And so I'm able to take my faith and take how I train people

and teach people, and kind of integrate the two.

All these things that are fun and new and exciting

are totally of this world and are fleeting,

but if it has a purpose and it has,

like, a real foundation and a, you

know, a way to further the kingdom, it's gonna succeed.

God will make it succeed.

And I feel like this culture, these group of people that

are just loving on each other, serving each other,

I feel like it's something that will really stick around

for a really long time.

Adults are not the only ones wanting to become ninjas.

Kids are also getting involved, taking part

through classes and demonstrations like this one.

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MARK MARTIN: Daniel Gil says it makes sense

that younger generations want to be ninjas.

And so it's really fun for both parents and kids

alike, because kids, I mean, for me,

I feel like I'm a kid at heart.

We love to climb on things, we love the challenge

of coming up against something that's maybe a little bit

intimidating, or it's balance or it's upper body,

and learning how to conquer those obstacles.

MARK MARTIN: James Wyatt, a trainer

at Iron Sports and Ninja competitor says he

and his wife were looking for something

to do with their kids, and the gym was a good fit.

He believes while the show has helped make these gyms popular,

there's more to why people are drawn here.

JAMES WYATT: I think they stick around mainly

because of the community.

People are looking for places to belong.

They're looking for places to connect.

And the Ninja community, the obstacle course community

is a very--

it's a great group of people.

They're very friendly.

They're very helpful.

People want you to succeed.

And it's not something you really find

in culture in the world today.

MARK MARTIN: Mark Martin, CBN News.

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