3 Lessons I’ve Learned from American Ninja Warrior

American Ninja Warrior Handstand

There’s three lessons I learned from competing and training for American Ninja Warrior:

  1. Set a goal of what you want to accomplish, 
  2. Practice for it,
  3. Then, go for it 100%. 

This applies to getting past an obstacle, but also any goal in life.

Salmon Ladder Photo
Learning how to do the salmon ladder, and breaking a rung in the process! @ Action Athletics in Newton, MA

To do the salmon ladder, you have to set a goal in your mind that it’s something you want to be able to do. Then, you have to practice. The first time I tried it, I couldn’t do it at all, and it scared me a little. So, I did more pull ups and got to the point I knew I was strong enough. Then, when I went back I practiced moving the bar and tried going for it, but I was still scared. So, then I got the help of a fellow ninja with rigging a weighted harness that took 5-10 lbs of my weight and would catch me if I fell. It gave me the confidence to go for it, and then I could do it without the weight. I happened to break a rung on the salmon ladder I was practicing on that day, more likely due to a pre-existing crack than my mighty salmon ladder-ing. After that I went for it 100% every time I attempted it, and got the point where I could do one more rung consecutively every time I practiced.

I think about the same lesson with my #lifegoals. I set my sights on a new job at work, did the research on what the job entailed, then went for the big ask. It virtually applies to everything:

Set a Goal, Practice, Give it 100%.

Set a Goal, Practice, Give it 100%. Pink


I’d love to hear what kind of lessons you’ve learned from pursuits in fitness – please share in the comments!





I share fitness inspiration for the daring and every day ways to get better on my blog, AcroCafe by Eliannah. I’m passionate about alternative fitness and doing what makes you feel alive.

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