Dr. Elspeth Hart is not only a ninja who will be competing on this season of American Ninja Warrior, but she also treats injured ninjas! Elly is a physician assistant who works in sports medicine. Learn how she has developed "Gymnastics Medicine" which gives the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of gymnastics injuries. Elly is working on developing the same type of clinic for ninja.
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Catch our discussion on how females compete and train in ninja warrior.
Should we continue to compete on the same course or should we explore separate or scaled courses?
What are the physiological differences between male and females and how does that affect our sports performance?
Learn from sports professionals and ninja coaches in this playlist focused on females and their performance in ninja.
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Taylor is a fierce competitor! At the time of this interview, she is ranked 2nd for Elite Female athletes in the National Ninja League. She has competed on American Ninja Warrior seasons 11 and 12 and is looking forward to competing in season 13! Hear how Taylor trains and her outlook on competing.
Kendra has a story that is raw, real, and relatable. She explains how the drive to be accepted and valued led her down a destructive road. Kendra is now 8 years sober and is celebrating life free of a mind clouded by alcohol addiction. With her renewed mind, Kendra is crushing the course and ready to take on any obstacle.
Jordan Thurston joins Mary Leighton on today's discussion of the future of female ninja athletes. Jordan coaches top ninjas at Vitality Obstacle Fitness in Massachusetts. Jordan believes that ninja warrior courses should be separated by gender for many reasons. He argues that it will benefit everyone involved including male and female athletes, coaches, and course designers. Hear how his elite female athletes perform on the course, how he trains them, and what he sees as their challenges and their strengths.
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Want to know the future of ninja? Sometimes you need to look back to look forward. Learn some history about the roots of the ninja warrior community and what the first big backyard competition was like with Jason Huewe. Not only has Jason competed on American Ninja Warrior and worked with the notorious ATS crew that designs the obstacles on ANW, but he is also now an executive producer and challenge designer for USNL. The big USNL competition is coming up April 23-25 and will be aired on BEIN Sports. Jason tells us all about the upcoming event!
Michelle is the host of the upcoming United States Ninja League competition which will be televised on Bein Sports. She started teaching fitness 23 years ago. Her background is in dance, fitness group classes, she is a WBFF Pro Worlds top 10 winner, and she is currently a master Pound Fitness trainer. Michelle shares how she came to be involved with USNL and ninja, her life-changing back surgery, and her encouragement to the female community. @michelleDesOrmeaux
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.
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.
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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