David Funk is the certified obstacle specialist at Camp Rhino is Las Vegas, Nevada. He answered Box Pro’s questions on having ninja class offerings in one’s gym:
David Funk: Camp Rhino offers beginner and advanced level ninja classes for both adults and chidren. We train on the obstacles individually, discussing tips and techniques. We do workouts to strengthen the muscles needed for this unique sport. We run practice races for time and points to test ourselves. We have a lot of fun.
DF: Camp Rhino started as an obstacle gym for obstacle course races (OCR) like Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, ect. They had a few of the obstacles from American Ninja Warrior like the Warped Wall, Salmon Ladder and Cliffhanger though. In 2014, Alena Dawn started the official program that we have today.
DF: We offer monthly packages broken down into one times, two times and three times per week, and an unlimited package that includes other obstacle classes.
DF: We are on Instagram :@camprhinoninja; Facebook: @ninjawarriorclasses; and through camprhino.com
DF: In general, hype from the show. People see it on TV or go watch the finals that take place in Las Vegas every year and want to compete the following year. Specifically in terms of Rhino, while there are a few gyms that have a small ninja section in them, Rhino is the only one considered a facility for continued training in the sport.
DF: The biggest benefit is the kids program. The adults workout all week, so the weekend is pretty light. However, that is the perfect time for kids so it rounds out the week. Also, we are offering kids afterschool classes during our afternoon bootcamps. That way parents can bring them in instead of looking for a sitter while they work out.
1. Safety. It looks easy, but it’s not. Making sure people can handle the stresses and know progressions to build the needed strength and mobility. Making sure people know how to fall first because it will happen eventually. Checking mats and equipment to ensure a safe training area.
2. Creativity. The obstacles on American Ninja Warrior are constantly changing and evolving. Trying to keep up is interesting enough. Trying to stay ahead is even more challenging. Coming up with new obstacles or new ways to make old obstacles more challenging. Rearranging the course and just generally “mixing things up” to make athletes ready for anything.
3. Fun. While the “grunt work” exercise is necessary, it’s not what the majority of people come for. Therefore, coming up with fun games and challenges to build the strength and dexterity to “trick” people into working out.