Here we have competitor Cory, age 26, Linton, IN
Athletic background? I played pretty much every sport available growing up but settled on Tennis and Swimming/Diving in high school and college. I have a gymnastics background as well which helps with Ninja Warrior style training.
How long obstacle course training? I’ve been doing obstacle course training for 5 years.
Why obstacle training? I started obstacle training because I wanted a new challenge after college. I knew I was not going to be going pro in tennis or diving but I wanted to keep being an athlete. Obstacle courses had the appeal I was looking for.
Why compete? Motivation? I compete because I love the challenge. I have an internal drive to just want to be better. I feel like I could do something with my life when it comes to athletics, so I want to see how far I can push it.
Favorite obstacle? Least favorite obstacle? My favorite obstacle would be the salmon ladder. It feels very natural to me. My least favorite would be the monkey peg. I’m a tall guy and I feel that sometimes hurts me when I have to lock myself off using one arm. It’s something I have been focusing a lot of my training around these days.
Personal interests (movies, hobbies, music, books, charities, etc.)? My personal interest is history. I’m a history teacher at a junior high, so I love to learn about new chapters in history. I think that’s another reason why ninja warrior appeals to me. I want to become a part of history as well.
Something interesting about you? Honestly, my training for Ninja Warrior is what people find the most interesting about me. I often call myself an ordinary guy with extraordinary ambition. I try to be a positive role model for those around me, especially my students. Some of them need a positive role model in their lives. I try to use my training as an example of going for a goal.
Motto or how you live your life? Make yourself more than what you are.
Piece of advice for obstacle course training? I would tell people to do a lot of super set exercises. A lot of my training has back-to-back sets with no breaks. For example, I’ll do a set of muscle ups and immediately do a set of pull-ups afterwards. It really builds up the endurance you need for the obstacles.
Nutrition advice: I follow a technique called the color wheel. Basically, eat a fruit/vegetable from every color of the rainbow and that should give you a variety of nutrients that your body needs. Seems to work for me.
Social media info, pics, videos, other links?
I have a youtube page with over 100 videos – just look up my name.