Patrick Hall has been so pumped by the “American Ninja Warrior” television series that he started a gym in downtown Buffalo for those who share his enthusiasm.
He plans to step up to even greater heights before and after the June 1 premiere of the eighth season of the show on NBC.
Hall, 38, a former ANW competitor himself, will take five members of his gym, Hybrid Fitness, to Philadelphia next week to compete in a qualifier for the new season. He also plans two local family events: an outdoor obstacle event along the Outer Harbor and a Hybrid Fitness Ninja Academy at the gym, 475 Ellicott St.
Q. What will the local events be like?
We will be hosting a replica of the qualifying course, pretty much the same that viewers will see on the show for the Ninja Academy, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 5. The course will be modified for the layman and doable for everyday adults and children. The cost is only $10.
In addition, we will be collaborating with New York State and Paramount Pictures on Saturday, June 4 at the Buffalo Harbor State Park (1111 Fuhrmann Blvd.) to showcase Buffalo’s involvement in the filming of the new “Ninja Turtles” movie. We will be setting up a huge Ninja course for children of all ages.
Q. What will the two courses look like?
In the park, it’s going to be very scalable. People will have the option to get into lines. There’s going to be kids from 4 and 5 to teenagers, so we’re going to have a beginner, intermediate and advanced area where people can come and try obstacles you see on the show, like the Quintuple Steps, Snake’s Crossing, our Feeder Totter, or Holy Roller. We’ve also constructed a 15-by-15 foot rig that has swinging capabilities, so we’ll have a ring toss, a peg board, a ring rush – where you swing from ring to ring – and a bananarama, where you swing from plastic bananas. And we have a Cliffhanger. We’ve been traveling to schools around the region and bringing it for field days. You can pick your line for comfort or self-challenge.
– Scott Scanlon
On the Web: Read more about the Hybrid Fitness obstacle course and five local competitors at refresh.buffalonews.com.