Mitch Bird, from Cooks Hill’s Ninja Parc, knows a thing or two about the upcoming season of the Nine Network’s Ninja Warrior.
Mitch was one of this year’s official Course Testers and says viewers are in for some big surprises.
“I’m not allowed to say too much, but there will certainly be some of the most challenging obstacles we’ve seen in the history of the show along with some of the old favourites that never fail to disappoint,” said Mitch.
So when Mitch says he’s got a few tips for wannabe Ninja Warriors planning on hitting the obstacles at Ninja Parc these school holidays, we listen.
Check out Mitch’s tip for three of Ninja Parc’s most challenging obstacles below.
One of the more advanced obstacles, it’s important to build strength first. For beginners get comfortable hanging first. Have some fun playing around with swinging back and forth. Practice your pulling power! Use resistance bands to help increase the range of your pull-ups. Once you’re ready to go on the Salmon ladder start by just releasing the bar from the rung. Then build to small bounces and finally a full jump.
There are three ways to do this obstacle. The jump and grab – This is where you use your hands to grab onto the top of each step when you land. The two-foot shuffle – This is where you take two steps on each step. It’s important to aim for the lower half of the steps. Single stride – This is the fastest method and requires a little extra power. Stay on the balls of your feet with soft knees. Most importantly keep moving!
Power is key – Focus on taking long steps and pushing hard through the wall. Keep your body upright and your eyes on the top – If you lean into the wall you’ll lose power. If you miss the top fall forward onto your hands and crawl back down. Don’t try to turn and run.
Ninja Parc Newcastle is located at the corner of Darby and Tooke Streets in Cooks Hill. School holiday programs at Ninja Parc Newcastle run from 4 July 4 until 15 July and offer three hours of fully supervised action every weekday for kids aged 6 to 14 years olg. A snack and free Ninja Parc headband are included. Visit ninjaparc.com.au/school-holiday-program to find out more.
PROTIP: Book your school holiday spot by 3 July and get 10% off your booking using the code EARLYBIRD at the online checkout.