This is the Part 2 continuation of the Gender Bias episode with Mary Leighton. Let’s talk all about Ninja Warrior and the topic of males and females competing on different courses. What would be the ramifications of dividing courses between men and women? Why does Ninjababes exist? How can we support one another in our female community? What is the future of female athletes in Ninja Warrior?
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Should you care about gender bias? It effects the way you participate in sports and train at the gym; conversations like these could have a direct impact on your future in the sport of Ninja. Mary Leighton has her masters degree in leadership, and her capstone study was on gender bias and its effects on female leaders. When she is not researching the relevant issues of today, she is coaching ninja at Ultimate Obstacles in MA and has competed in the 1st Major of UNX, and in the National Ninja League World Finals.
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This teen week episode is hosted by Marie Long. Ava Long is a circus performer and ninja warrior! She has competed on ANW Jr. season 1, come in 1st place in the National Ninja League, and has performed in circus all over the world. Ava has dreams of performing for Disney in circus arts. Find out what she thinks about girl power, following your dreams, and being a strong female ninja!
Jamie Ross is a 2x City Finalist competitor on American Ninja Warrior. She shares her story about struggling with depression, suicide, and low self-worth. Her story is raw, real, and honest. She shares what her “dark times” were like, and how her life has drastically changed for the better. Jamie and Cara talk about mental health, self-respect, and understanding your self-worth.
Loyal friendship is a powerful force; especially between ninja warriors. Lindsay Partenio, Lyndsey Halik, Becky Adnot-Haynes, & Jessica Hughes-Scallos have a lot to share about being an unstoppable “mom squad”, competing on American Ninja Warrior, banishing mom-guilt, and being the most supportive friends. These strong women share with us how friendship can be a game-changer in your ninja life.
This is the first week of teen week and we are celebrating with Emilie Thibodeau! Emilie competed on American Ninja Warrior Jr. and placed 4th for UNAA World Finals 2019. This teen has passion for competition and a zeal to never give up. Hear why she loves to compete in ninja, what makes her a strong competitor, and what she is up to now.
Maggi, Jessie, and Cara have all been recovering from serious injury over the past year. All three women have been learning, growing and changing during this process. Hear Jessie and Maggi’s advice and lessons, as well as Jessie’s experience on Titan Games.
Traveling the world, learning to adapt in every situation, and running at 3am. These facts are close to home for Laura Bliss. She learned valuable life lessons while her husband was deployed, and realized her ability to problem solve and be creative. Those extraordinary lessons have changed her life. Now she applies those lessons to ninja warrior, and she wants to share them with you as well.
“No matter what you do right now, you’re in this situation. You can either choose to see the positive and make this successful or be negative and ultimately drown.” Behnoush Babzani
Behnoush has faced near-death experiences in her lifetime that have transformed her perspective on life. She lives with unwavering resiliency, strength, and determination. Her mental strength is like none-other, and she has wisdom to share.
Caitlyn shares about her time during COVID-19 and what it is like being surrounded by her family of ninjas. She shares her honest reflections about this time, how it is effecting American Ninja Warrior, and what we can do to ease in to the transition of going “back” (when quarantine is eventually over). We talk about ways to have grace on your body as you ease back in to “normal” life schedules and training at the gym. This episode is all about transitioning well.