Here we have competitor Jessica, age 19, from Albuquerque, NM.
Athletic background? I was a dancer on the drill team at Sandia High school for 4 years. After graduating, Garrett and I decided to take a trip to Las Vegas to be obstacle testers for American Ninja Warrior. Soon after, I began training with Garrett on his backyard obstacles until we opened Ninja Park in January, 2015. I have been obstacle training at Ninja Park since then, and in November I qualified for UNAA regionals.
How long obstacle course training? I have been training on obstacles for about 3 years.
Why obstacle training? Why compete? Motivation? I have found that training on obstacles is not only a great way to get and stay fit, but is also fun and challenging to the mind and body. Everyday is about becoming a better you than the day before. Obstacles help me progress further than I ever thought possible, and show me that there are no limits to what I am able to accomplish, inside and outside of the gym.
To me, competing is all about getting together with interesting people who share your passion for fun, functional training styles, and cheering each other on as, one by one, we run an obstacle course that pushes us to the limit mentally and physically. I compete simply because it is a ton of fun!
Favorite obstacle? Least favorite obstacle? My favorite obstacle is the floating boards. My least favorite obstacle is the spinning log.
Personal interests (movies, hobbies, music, books, charities, etc.)? I love to watch and read action/adventure stuff like Batman, City of Bones, The Knife of Never Letting Go. I also get into animated movies like Despicable Me and The Incredibles. My absolute favorite TV show is Arrow!
Something interesting about you? I like to make my own wallets out of duck tape!
Motto or how you live your life? You can sit around all day thinking about regrets, mistakes, worries, and problems, but at the end of the day nothing will be changed. Instead, never regret, learn from your mistakes and never repeat them, turn your worries into challenges to be solved, and remember: there is always a solution to EVERY problem.
Piece of advice for obstacle course training? Never let your mind stop you from doing something your physically capable of.