Interview for the Portland Tribune about American Ninja Warrior

Posted on November 23, 2016November 23, 2016

Q and A about American Ninja Warrior and Training.

Last year, I was contacted by one of the writers for the Portland Tribune’s sport section who was looking to write about American Ninja Warrior. Since at the time, I owned Knope-Jenkins Personal Training, the premier American Ninja Warrior training facility in Portland at the time, he wanted to interview me, and talk to some of my clients. While things have changed since then, with the plans for Skyhook Ninja Fitness to be opening in early 2017, this is still a good read.

1. How old are you? Where did you grow up? Do you come from a family of athletes?

I am 21 years old, I grew up in the Clackamas Happy Valley area. My family is athletic, but never the typical sports, always something outside of the norm. We did TaeKwonDo instead of football, gymnastics and cheer leading instead of basketball.

2. How did you find out about American Ninja Warrior, and when did you figure out you wanted to compete?

I found out about American Ninja Warrior the way so many of us do, by seeing it on TV. I have never watched much TV, but I caught a couple episodes of Sasuke, the original Japanese version. I saw it for the first time as a young teenager, before there was an American version, and I was immediately captivated. I saw American Ninja Warrior as the ultimate challenge. I didn’t even think I would be able to compete until much later, when I had been a Personal trainer for three years, and a client challenged me. If they could lose 100 pounds, I would have to do something crazy. So after brainstorming what I should do, we decided on American Ninja Warrior. So now I train people for it, and am working to reach the top of Mount Midoriyama myself.