It's another long Sunday filled with Ninja Warrior training. Whenever I get home from these sessions, I typically ask myself why I constantly put my body through so much of a beating. But then, my mind flashes through images of the goal I've had for so long; the goal of making it to the Vegas Finals of American Ninja Warrior and hitting that 4th stage buzzer. The 12th season of American Ninja Warrior draws closer every day. I get excited thinking about the opportunity to step on that stage to show myself what I'm capable of.
Whenever my Sunday training sessions begin, I go through a rigorous warm up routine. A long time ago, I learned the hard way how important a good warm up routine is. Longevity is my main goal, and that's only going to happen if I go through my training checklist. Number 1 on that list will always be a proper warm up.
Whenever I warm up, I always use a set of resistance bands, a rumble roller, and my percussion therapy gun. They're perfect for increasing blood flow to the muscle tissue and getting the body prepped for a workout.
After a good ol' warm up, I typically go through some technique work for my weak points. Any old movements that I've had trouble with and new challenges go into this category. Some days I'll spend an hour or so going through technique work.
Every training session I'll reserve some time for endurance work and circuits. This ensures that'll I'll be able to do a few obstacles in a row without burning out too quickly. Circuits will vary from week to week, depending on different challenges, training partners, and training intensity protocols.
I try to end my Ninja Warrior sessions with a good cool down. Like any other workout, cool downs are helpful in bringing my heart rate and body back to equilibrium. It also helps to maintain my flexibility. If I don't get a cool down session in immediately after a workout, I 'll do my stretching protocol at home whenever I get a chance.