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PLAYLIST: Females in Ninja Series

females in ninja Feb 22, 2021

Hey Ninjababe!

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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EPISODE #90: JORDAN THURSTON

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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EPISODE #81: DR. JEFFREY TIMMER

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

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 #78: DR. FITNI DESTANI

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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EPISODE #74: HOW DO WE CREATE INCREDIBLE GYM CULTURE?

Incredible gym culture: there is something so amazing about helping young girls feel strong.  How do we foster healthy gym environments? How to do support the females AND the males in such a way that we are working together to empower one another, promote safety, and produce stellar athletes?  It’s all here in today’s part 2 episode with Shelle Edge. 

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EPISODE #65: BRETT AND GRACE SIMS

Brett Sims has competed in American Ninja Warrior since before the start of ANW in America.  He competed for 2 seasons on Sasuke in Japan before ANW started in the US.  Grace Sims has been a rock climber and competitor on ANW since season 7.  Brett has a been coaching parkour and ninja for over 7 years.  Grace and Brett are co-owners of Motive School of Movement in Greenville, SC. Today we discuss coaching in ninja, the differences in coaching females vs. males, and how to best empower girls to be confident in their abilities.  

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EPISODE #64: GENDER BIAS FOLLOWUP

We have been deep in discussion about gender bias and the question of ‘does it exist in ninja warrior?’ This episode, Cara explains the questions and feedback Ninjababes has gotten since the last two Gender Bias episodes related to this discussion. The three biggest topics are coaching females and males, ninja course design, and physiological differences between males and females. 

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EPISODE #63: GENDER BIAS PART 2

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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EPISODE #62: GENDER BIAS WITH MARY LEIGHTON

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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