EPISODE #87 - MEGAN JOHNSON

megan johnson Jan 15, 2021

 

Two-time American Ninja Warrior Megan Johnson is a med student by day and a ninja warrior by night.  Megan is in the midst of her medical program and is learning that there is more to being a doctor than just science and medicine. Megan has also learned valuable lessons from her time competing on ANW. Hear what she has to say about defying gravity in parkour, being on set at ANW filming, and what it is like if you are not aired on the show. 

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EPISODE #86: TAYLOR AMANN

taylor amann Jan 08, 2021

Taylor Amann is a 3-time Big Ten Pole Vault Champion and a 2-time competitor on ANW.  In season 11 she crushed it in Oklahoma City and advanced to the Vegas Finalist.  She then competed on ANW season 12.  Taylor puts her creative brain to work on and off the course whether she is analyzing an obstacle or capturing a beautiful moment in her wedding photography.  Hear Taylor's whole story about how she started ninja, competing on ANW, and her passion for photography.

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EPISODE #85: ASHLEY MCCONVILLE

ashley mcconville Dec 18, 2020

Ashley McConville is a 2-time American Ninja Warrior competitor.  This year on season 12 she hit her first buzzer! Ashley wildly changed her mindset approach from season 11 to season 12. Find out what gives Ashley her focus, strong mindset, and a competitive edge. Ashley shares about her disappointment from season 11 and how she overcame that the next year and BEAT THAT WALL!

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EPISODE #84: How Can Female Athletes Take Advantage of their Menstrual Cycle?

nardeen faragalla Dec 11, 2020

Periods are awesome! Let's talk about the unique characteristics of females. Did you know there is a point during your menstrual cycle that your athletic performance is typically best?  That's because females have a testosterone boost during ovulation that allows them to build muscle and perform at their peak athletically.  In this episode, we are joined by Nardeen Faragalla, a certified health coach with a focus on hormones and how they affect our sports performance. 

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EPISODE 83: Jesse Labreck is The Last Woman Standing

jesse labreck Dec 04, 2020

Jesse Labreck was the "last woman standing" on this season of American Ninja Warrior. Hear how this champ felt on the course and how she strategized. She was the only woman who made it to the Power Tower and she raced up the tower against Daniel Gil. Jesse shares her favorite obstacle from this season and what it's like competing alongside her fiancé, Chris DeGangi. Jesse and Cara talk about tips for new and seasoned ninjas, and how to balance your ninja mentality between fun and competitive.

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EPISODE #82: HOW TO FIGHT FOMO WITH CARA POALILLO

cara poalillo Nov 27, 2020

Want to fight FOMO in your life?  Does looking at other people's lives on social media make you feel bad about your own life?
 
Sometimes we get stuck letting the negative affects of comparison make us feel less-than. The result is that being truly thankful is hard, because we don't actually recognize or appreciate the good things we do have in life.  On today's episode Cara teaches strategies for breaking this negative cycle and using comparison to build confidence instead of self-negativity. 
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EPISODE #81: DR. JEFFREY TIMMER

dr. jeffrey timmer Nov 25, 2020

Let's debunk some myths: Women have more lower body strength and men have more upper body strength. Men have more fast-twitch muscle movement, and women have more endurance.  We are designing ninja courses with mens' bodies in mind, not womens'.  Kids do not produce lactic acid in their muscles. Are these true or false?  Listen to learn all this and more.

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EPISODE #80: DR. LINDA BLADE

dr. linda blade Nov 25, 2020

How can women ninja athletes optimize their performance on the course?  Dr. Blade is an expert in sports performance and has a PhD. in Kinesiology with a focus in human morphology and the differences between male and female bodies in their growth process.  Today we discuss in depth the differences that we see in the physical training and capabilities of male and female athletes.  How can these factors affect ninja warriors in the way we train and compete? 

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EPISODE #79 : SARAH BLACKMOORE + OLIVIA VIVIAN

Olivia finished 6th place overall in the Grand Final of season 4 of Australian Ninja Warrior! In Grand Final Stage 1, Olivia beat the course for the first time! Season 4 was Sarah's first season competing on Australian Ninja Warrior.  Both ladies had a long history in gymnastics and share their reaction to the documentary, "Athlete A" and their personal stories with gymnastics and abuse.  They also discuss season 4 of Australian Ninja Warrior. 

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EPISODE #78: DR. FITNI DESTANI

dr. fitni destani Nov 02, 2020

Cara Poalillo and Dr. Fitni Destani, a professor at Keene State College who specializes in mental performance in athletes, talk about all things mindset and gender in ninja. We discuss how we can empower girls and women in our sport to reach their full potential in training and competition.  When should we be training and competing coed? Should we separate by gender? How can we best set female athletes up for success? 
 
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