We have all seen those YouTube videos of young wannabe Ninjas swing, jump and climb their way through a DIY obstacle course set up in their backyards. Kids as young as five can be seen tackling what appears to be a replica of the obstacle course. The phenomenon is growing, and there is no reason why your kids or you yourself should be left out.
The old saying goes that if you want to compete against a seasoned ninja warrior, you need to train like a ninja. So, the best way to do this is to build your course at home. The good news is that it is possible with a little work, the right supplies and blueprints that are readily available on the internet. Below we examine how you can set up a Ninja Circuit of your own.
Start by watching the show but this time take a good look at the obstacles. Decide which of these you can replicate in your backyard and draw up the blueprints. The next step would be to dig holes in the ground for the posts. These holes should measure at least. 2.5 feet to ensure the best stability. The objective should be to make the posts as secure and safe as you can.
You will want to pick a spot to build your course before drawing up plans for the obstacles. You will need to account for narrow spaces, natural obstacles like low hanging branches and uneven ground.
Ideally, the spot you settle for will be free from all dangerous obstructions like sharp rocks and protruding roots. The more open space is, the better things will be since there is plenty of room to run, swing and jump.
Make sure to take measurements of the space so that you can start planning the dimensions of the course.
Some of the most popular obstacles include the Warped Wall, Salmon Ladder, and the Quad Steps. That said using the right materials you can replicate most challenges you see on TV.
Ideally, you will want to choose obstacles that are easy to build and which will fit into your space. For instance, homeowners with narrow backyards will want to build the famous salmon ladder. Quad steps don’t require digging post holes, so that’s a good one too.
You can also get creative like if there is a low hanging branch in the backyard hang ropes from it to create your version of the Tarzan Rope. Just make sure that the branch is sturdy enough to support your weight.
Obviously, you’ll be including many Ninja Warrior obstacles so decide on the best way to order them. The order does change on the show sometimes though in 90% of the episodes the Quad Steps come first with the Warped Wall in the end.
Ideally, you’ll want to arrange the obstacles with varying intensities. So for instance, if you have one obstacle that relies heavily on upper body strength, that can be followed by one for balance and then one for leg strength.
When drawing the blueprints, you should draw to scale. For instance, 1 inch can be 2.5 cm on the blueprint or a foot can equal 0.30m in real life. Also, the blueprints should show a side and top view. If you have no idea how to draw up blueprints you can find a bunch of them online, but they will have to be modified to suit the way your backyard is laid out.
Generally, the actual building is the least challenging and is the final step. How you go about building the ninja circuit can range from doing yourself to hiring a professional. Either way, it will take time, and your input will be required. So, keep those blueprints handy!