Johnny Parkes – Ninja Park ABQ

Here we have competitor Johnny, age 29, Albuquerque, NM via Southport, England

Athletic background?  Played NCAA Division 1 tennis for UNM Lobos. Currently a tennis coach.

How long obstacle course training?  Started this year (2016) at the beginning of February.

Why obstacle training?   My friend and I signed up for a Spartan Super Race, 12 miles, over 26 obstacles, so thought this would be a great way to train for it. Now, pretty much hooked on it! It’s a great challenge.

Why compete?  Motivation?  Hadn’t thought about competing until last minute for the UNAA qualifier.   Have a strong competitive side and need something to train for to push my mental limits. There’s nothing quite like competition to spot out your strengths and weaknesses, and its fun getting back up and working on any weakness, and making strengths better.

Favorite obstacle?  Least favorite obstacle?  Would have to be Salmon Ladder and transition. Its rough on the shoulders but makes you feel like you’re getting stronger. Least favorite – well right now im going to have to say devil steps as the transition got me in the competition.

Personal interests (movies, hobbies, music, books, charities, etc.)?  Football (or soccer as you Americans like to call it). Play Sunday League here in town, the Mrs. Reading anything to do with development in sport and sport psychology. Volunteering with the Lobos men’s tennis team. Go Lobos!

Something interesting about you?  Achieved some great awards on the tennis team, proud to have won a couple conference championships and play in the NCAA tournament. Most proud of the UNM Leadership award presented to one male and female in all sports at the university.  As a tennis coach, I am the only United States Tennis Association (USTA) National trainer in New Mexico, specializing in the development of kids 12 and under and linking to performance.

Motto or how you live your life?  Pain is temporary, internal success lasts a lifetime.  Consistent intentions over time develops execution, the key is patience.

Piece of advice for obstacle course training?   Stretch, resistant bands, foam roller and more stretching! When the muscles are tight going into the gym, it’s very tough to do what you want to do. You’ve also got to be consistent with your training and recovery periods. Set goals and push yourself.

Social media info, pics, videos, other links?

Twitter: @johnnyparkes1

Instagram: @johnny_parkes

Rope Swing

Devil Steps

Salmon Ladder



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