Forget watching The Block and Survivor, Australia has a new reality TV show we can’t get enough of.
Australian Ninja Warrior is our latest guilty pleasure—so-called ‘ordinary’ athletes (touted as an entire new level of crazy by the couch potatoes of the world), take on the what is possibly the world’s most brutal obstacle course.
Aged between 18 years to 60 years, contestants in the Australia edition of the world renowned show include former bachelor contestants, super fit mums, parkour instructors and even former triathletes. Due to an unprecedented amount of entries, applications for season 2, applications close today, but there’s no reason you can’t start getting in shape for season 3.
Do you have what it takes to conquer the challenging course?
Being able to lift your own body weight is crucial to completing the obstacles before leaping up a 4.2 metre warped walk in just three attempts.
Most of the ninjas don’t worry about weightlifting at the gym. They focus on functional training to build upper body strength and agility. This involves multitudes of push-ups, pull-ups, dips squat jumps, sprints and loads of practice hanging from objects.
Aside from a big personality (because after all that’s what makes great television viewing), wannabe ninjas should include dynamic leg exercises such as lunges, front kicks, back kicks and squats into their workouts.
The audition process for Season 1 Ninja Warrior Australia required show applicants to compete in a series of exercises broken down into five minute sets of planking, pull-ups, hanging from a bar and skipping.
There are a few restrictions. 1) You must be at least 18 years old 2) You must be an Australian resident or citizen.