Here we have competitor Caleb, age 19, Scarborough, ME
Athletic background? Baseball as a kid, moving on to skateboarding in highschool, then finally found my passion in parkour and freerunning.
How long obstacle course training? I would say that through parkour and freerunning I’ve been training forever without even thinking about it. All of the obstacles come so naturally to me because I’ve practiced the movements in urban environments all over the place.
Why obstacle training? I coach parkour and freerunning. That and obtacle training blend right into one another. I can get a great workout on an obstacle course, and so can my students. I experiment and find ways to merge them both into my classes and everybody leaves with new skills and a great workout completed, including me.
Why compete? Motivation? Well I always thought it would be fun to compete on American Ninja Warrior. I have many friends throughout the country who have competed and I’m just not quite old enough yet. When the UNAA popped up out of nowhere I saw an awesome opportunity to really test myself, and that’s what I’m about.
Favorite obstacle? Least favorite obstacle? My favorite obstacle has to be the warped wall. It kind of signifies the end to me, and the fact that I’m pretty solid on the warped wall makes that nice. I always get a lot of fun out of doing the warped wall for my students or sparkly eyed ninja warrior fans when they come into the gym. As for least favorite, that’s got to be anything that I’m relying on my fingertips to get me through.
Personal interests (movies, hobbies, music, books, charities, etc.)? I actually love to read. Books about travel, psychology, business… I’m always going over my head doing flips or ripping my hands open on a bar, so escaping into the pages of a good book is fantastic sometimes.
Something interesting about you? Something interesting about me… Well, a good chunk of my highschool years was spent living in an RV with my parents, little brother and two dogs as we traveled the United States. I spent very little time at the same school, as we were always off to the next destination. I’ve seen more of this country than a lot of people three times my age. From the Grand Canyon to hidden seal caves on the coast of Orgeon. At the time I was a stubborn teenager who would have been fine in one spot. But I thank my parents for those awesome experiences. I think they are big part of the person I am today.
Motto or how you live your life? “Do or do not, there is no try.” That’s a quote that’s stuck with me throughout the years by Yoda. But really, I heard it from my friend Fernando Arce. An awesome parkour and freerunning athlete himself, inspiration to everybody, and also an American ninja warrior competitor himself. Another quote that I seem to live by is “Only the person who risks is truly free…” That one I can thank a fortune cookie for.
Piece of advice for obstacle course training? Persistence and analyzation! Be persistent in your training. Keep on doing it. If you aren’t strong enough yet to get up the salmon ladder or burst through the ring toss, get stronger! Keep working those obstacles and movements related to those obstacles that will help. As for what I mean by analyzing, I mean analyze yourself. Look at your technique, and see what you can do to better it. I’m going back to the warped wall here because people always ask me how I make it look so effortless. I say it IS effortless. I’m not a super strong dude nor do I have hulk legs. The thing is my technique. The right combination of speed, foot placement, and timing allows me to pop over the top of the warped wall without straining a muscle in my arms. Technique!
Social media info, pics, videos, other links, anything you care to share?
You can follow me on Instagram @thedemmonstrator where I post clips of my training regularly.
Also feel free to subscribe to my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/calebdemmons I’ll be putting together a lot of larger videos this year!
My athlete page on facebook can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/Caleb-Demmons-1645420552374851/