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Ninja Frame Options for Every Facility

When you work with a large customer base with facility sizes ranging from 1000 square feet to 80,000 square feet, there certainly isn’t a standard when it come to a Ninja solution. Some clubs are looking to simply fill a small dedicated space with the most efficient and budget friendly setup possible. Aesthetics may not be as big of a concern for these customers. They simply want to get the most bang for their buck and provide a fun and safe course for their Ninjas.

Then their are customers who are really going for a “look.” Functionality is certainly important, but they really want to also present a wow factor for their Ninjas.

Lastly, there is a group that falls somewhere in between. So, how do we serve such a broad range of requirements? Well, we felt it was important to have a framing system that would appeal to each one of these 3 groups. So, we created a 3 tier course solution for our customers

 

Tier 1: Budget Friendly, Smaller Footprint, Aesthetically pleasing to youth in it’s colorful appearance

Tier 2: Slightly higher in pricing, small footprint. Combines the look of the Tier 1 frame with a TV show like frame

Tier 3: Highest priced of the group, largest footprint. Has the wow factor in it’s large TV show look

Check out the short video on the 3 Frame options:

Check out our full Ninja selection at: http://interactivesportszone.com/product-category/sport-obstacles/

If you have design needs or questions, please email me at Brad@american-gymnast.com

 

Brad Thornton

 

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Sports Obstacle Highlight – The Unstable Monkey Bars

This SpOTlight video highlights the AG Ninja Unstable Monkey Bars obstacle.  Monkey Bars are a great exercise for grip strength, arm and shoulder development and hand-eye coordination.  More challenging than your typical playground monkey bars, the “unstable” front-to-back and side-to-side movement requires the athlete to maintain a greater focus while navigating from one end to the other.

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Sports Obstacle Highlight – The Floating Discs

One of the trickier things that comes with designing a Ninja Setup for a client is providing a course that will cover a broad age range and skill level. The majority of people we are designing for have kids that range in age from 4 to 15. So, creativity becomes essential in the design process.

We have to consider 3 main things

  1. It must be fun and safe for the younger kids
  2. It must be fun, safe, yet challenging for the older kids
  3. The course must fit within the client budget

Of course, we could simply recommend a number of our obstacles to keep on hand to swap in and out on the Katana Frame. While it is nice to have additional obstacles so you can keep the course fresh, sometimes this does not work with the budget. So we have to constantly think of ways to be creative with obstacles so they may be used in a number of ways by different age groups.

With all of these thoughts in mind, we created the Hanging Disc obstacle. We wanted to see how we could transform our floating pole obstacle (which the young kids love) to something that the older kids would enjoy as well. Our Floating poles look like the image below:

This is a fun obstacle but there is only one way to use it. So, we decided to shorten the pole to about 15 inches and do a rope connection for the remaining length. This allows us to do the floating poles as well as the very challenging high floating discs. The below photos show the difference between the two:

Low Discs:

 

Then these low discs can easily be transformed to the high discs by eliminating the rope:

 

 

 

All of a sudden, this becomes one challenging Ninja obstacle! You get two obstacles in one and everybody is happy! You can see more of our sport obstacles here. 

Email Brad@american-gymnast.com for any questions regarding Ninja or to see about our design services

 

Brad Thornton

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Sports Obstacle Highlight – The Warped Wall

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Are you ready to beat that wall? We offer 2 types of Warped Walls – Premium and Basic – and several different sizes to choose from for Sports Obstacle Training. This SpOTlight Video shows different age athletes trying to scale our 10′ high Warped Wall.  This should give you a good indication of which size Warped Wall(s) you should consider for your Ninja Training Programs.

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Sports Obstacle Highlight – The Slanted Steps

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Some version of the slanted step has been around Ninja Warrior since the beginning. It’s one of those obstacle you just have to have. Our Slanted Steps are custom made out of high quality wood, painted to the color of your choice and come with a gripped surface to prevent any slipping on the step. Each step has velcro on the underside which adheres perfectly to carpet bonded foam.  This SpOTlight Video shows 3 different age athletes demonstrating 3 different techniques, varying from Beginner to Advanced, for navigating across the Slanted Steps.

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Sports Obstacle Highlight – The Unstable Bridges

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One of the staples for Ninja obstacles are the Unstable Bridges  The low hanging wood or plexiglass planks dangle from sling hardware causing motion in all directions as soon as you step on them. The ninja must carefully scale across the plank while attempting to keep their weight distributed in the center of the board. Then comes the true test of leaping to board number two!  The gap between the two bridges can be varied to increase or decrease the difficulty of the obstacle.

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Sports Obstacle Highlight – The Devil’s Bridge

Ninja Training Sport Obstacle - Devil's Bridge

A major objective of our AG Ninja brand is to design products that are not only fun and challenging, but also have versatility. Whats better than buying one ninja obstacle that can function like three and also covers a variety of skill levels? After all, we all want to get our money’s worth when making large purchases, right?

Our newest obstacle, The Devil’s Bridge, is a great example of a multi purpose Ninja Obstacle. We looked at several of our popular Ninja Obstacles and tried to come up with ways to combine them so our our customers don’t have to make unnecessary multiple purchases as their Ninjas progress and require more challenges.

The Devil’s Bridge is a blend of 3 different obstacles:

Ninja Training Sport Obstacle - The Unstable Bridge

The Unstable Bridge


Ninja Training Sports Obstacle - The Devil's Ladder

The Devil’s Ladder


Ninja Training Sports Obstacle - The Monkey Bars

The Monkey Bars


The Result:

Ninja Training Sport Obstacle - Devil's Bridge

The Devil’s Bridge

The Devil’s Bridge is a great obstacle to have on hand if you have broad age range training on your Ninja rig. Here is an example difficulty progression based on varying the configuration of the obstacle.

Beginner

The simplest configuration of the obstacle is designed to function as a set of split, flat monkey  bars. Since each section is hanging from a chain, the obstacle will have some movement, making it more difficult than a standard set of monkey bars. This configuration can be hung low for new ninjas and can slowly be raised as the ninjas progress to add the element and excitement of height. You can also steadily increase the gap between the two sections, allowing for a greater reach.

Intermediate

After a few months of training, your ninjas are going to be ready for a new challenge. Fortunately, the Devil’s Bridge can easily be converted in to an intermediate obstacle – the Devil’s Ladder. This is done simply by reducing hardware on one end of the ladder and increasing the incline. The result will look like this:You can start off with just a slight incline and steadily increase it as the athletes advances.Even decline the ladders if you wish …Advanced

Finally, your advanced athletes can use this obstacle as the unstable bridge. The outside planks of the ladders are a wide wood surface, allowing the athlete to grasp hold and hop along the edge and then do a swing, release and hop to the second ladder.If your athletes master this, then increase the gap between the two bridges …Still not difficult enough?  Stagger the heights between the two bridges to create a more difficult transition.

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So you can you can get really creative with this obstacle, creating a number of different challenges for your athletes. The key to success with your classes is to keep things fresh and exciting so your kids never know what to expect each time they come in. We are constantly brainstorming on ideas for unique obstacles so keep an eye out on the AG Ninja product page for new additions.

To order this Ninja training obstacle, see the product page here: The Devil’s Bridge