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Women of ANW

This has been an amazing season for women in American Ninja Warrior. Never before in the previous five years that ANW has been on TV has a woman been able to complete the qualifying course. This year it all changed. Three women, Kacy Catanzaro, Michelle Warnky, and Meagan Martin were able to complete the course. Check out their amazing story’s.

Kacy Catanzaro

Kacy Catanzaro

Kacy Catanzaro is a division one gymnast of the year out of Towson University. She is just 5′ and 100 lbs. She started competing in gymnastics at the age of six. Kacy has a career goal is to become a Kindergarten teacher. She has been training all year with Brent Steffensen who is also her boyfriend. On June 2nd 2014, Kacy became the first woman to complete the qualifying course on American Ninja Warrior. Catch her amazing history making moment below.

You can also see her audition video for season 6 here.

Michelle Warnky

Michelle Warnky

Michelle Warnky is a 29 Years old Personal Trainer from Columbus, OH. She host Amercian Ninja Warrior competitions at her gym named Warnky Warriors. She has guest trainers for her competitions like, Paul Kasemir, David “Flip” Rodriguez, Drew Drechsel, and Jamie Rahn (Captain NBC). Michelle is very competitive and loves to play all kinds of sports. Her father is her biggest fan and competes with her to keep her on her toes. An extremely brave woman, she even lived in Kazakhstan for 5 years to teach english as a second language. She has been an avid Rock Climber for over 20 years. At just 5’4″ she has an amazing stride. On June 9th 2014, she became the second woman to complete the American Ninja Warrior qualifying course, and did it in just 3:08.94. Check out her run below.

You can also see her audition video below.

Meagan Martin

Meagan Martin

Meagan Martin is a 24 year old gymnast, pole vaulter, and a competitive boulderer. Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that is performed without the use of ropes or harnesses. For more info on Bouldering click here. She has been Rock Climbing since 2001 and is a division one pole vaulter at Vanderbilt University. First Woman to complete the Devil Steps. She is only 5′ 4″ and 135 pounds and her nickname is #MightyMeagan. This was her first attempt on American Ninja Warrior and became the third woman to complete the qualifying course. She did it in just 4:46.29. Check out her run below.

A Historical Year for American Ninja Warrior

These women are an inspiration to anyone that anything is possible. They have proven most definitely that women can be fierce competitors. I hope to see many more first this year on American Ninja Warrior and I think the three amazing women can make it happen. Let all tune and cheer them on. The next episode of ANW is on Monday the 7th of July and will be the Venice Beach Finals. Check it out on NBC.

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American Ninja Warrior

The final episode of the qualifiers is over. Finishing up the five cities for qualifying was Denver. Some great athletes like Lorin Ball, Paul Kasemir, Lance Pekus, Brian Arnold and for me, the best of show, was Meagan Martin. Just 1 of 3 women to complete the warped wall and finish the course in the history of American Ninja Warrior.

Hope everyone is watching American Ninja Warrior because its a great show. I root for everyone, and that’s the great thing about this show, you want to root for everyone. Its not about someone being from your home town (even though you root them more), its not about someone playing for your favorite team. Its about the journey, seeing someone beat the challenges and making it to the top of Mount Midoriyama. If you missed any episodes of American Ninja Warrior check out NBC where you can watch all the episodes from season 6 online.

Top 30 Qualifying from American Ninja Warrior

Check out who made the top 30 from each of the five qualifying cities.

Venice Top 30 Qualifiers

1 David Campbell 1:55.45
2 James McGrath 1:57.08
3 Alan Connealy 2:07.23
4 Kevin Bull 2:28.18
5 Dustin Rocho 2:32.91
6 Thaddeus Robeck 2:43.66
7 Derek Nakamoto 2:58.52
8 Dan Mast 3:07.34
9 Alex Kane 3:19.31
10 Kyle Cochran 3:37.05
11 Travis Brewer 3:45.07
12 Robert Ing 4:11.96
13 Ben Melick 4:20.41
14 Evan Dollard 4:41.46
15 Dorian Cedars 4:51.90
16 Andres De La Rosa 5:16.14
17 James Sclar 5:29.34
18 Mario Mendoza 6:58.27
19 Vadym Kuvakin Monkey Pegs 2:20.02
20 Alexander Gines Monkey Pegs 5:07.12
21 Keita Kashiwagi Monkey Pegs 5:35.36
22 Brian Kretsch Jumping Bars 0:59.28
23 David Money Jumping Bars 1:08.90
24 Vadym Krasnenko Jumping Bars 1:30.19
25 Justin Taylor Jumping Bars 1:33.57
26 Danny Goler Jumping Bars 1:39.19
27 Paul Money Jumping Bars 1:46.12
28 Warren Li Jumping Bars 2:06.84
29 Brennan Mejia Jumping Bars 2:27.53
30 Quoc-Hoan Do Slack Line Ladder 1:10.48

Dallas Top 30 Qualifiers

1 Dillion Gates 1:31.19
2 Kevin Klein 1:33.42
3 Joshua Cook 1:41.10
4 Raymond Clausen 1:48.23
5 Jaret Salas 1:58.62
6 Tremayne Dortch 2:05.98
7 Seth Blaustein 2:11.43
8 Jordan Yordanov 2:13.50
9 Connor Moyer 2:23.37
10 David Gilbert 2:33.71
11 Nathan Jasso 2:43.25
12 Eric McKeethen 2:54.75
13 Sam Sann 3:03.51
14 Jimmy Bogle, JR. 3:04.34
15 Matthew Laessig 3:04.54
16 Johnathan Morin 3:06.03
17 Terry Cossey 3:15.38
18 Jo Jo Bynum 3:21.17
19 Abel Gonzalez, JR. 3:29.07
20 Karsten Williams 3:36.61
21 Kacy Cantanzaro 5:26.18
22 Jeremy Morgan Warped Wall 1:10.30
23 Brandon Pannell Warped Wall 1:34.77
24 Geoffrey Lancaster Warped Wall 1:40.11
25 Michael Solomon Warped Wall 1:43.08
26 Geoffrey Motil Warped Wall 2:02.10
27 Daniel Manuel Warped Wall 2:10.39
28 Joe Calderon Warped Wall 2:41.33
29 Engin Dolen Warped Wall 2:53.27
30 Joshua Stone Warped Wall 2:59.64

St. Louis Top 30 Qualifiers

1 Joe Moravsky 1:04.13
2 Aaron Himelright 1:27.19
3 Joseph Hyndman 1:32.68
4 Michael Needham 1:35.40
5 Elet Hall 1:37.05
6 Travis Rosen 1:39.55
7 Andrew Karsen 2:02.92
8 Jamie Rahn 2:04.61
9 Roland Seward 2:12.78
10 Dan Galiczynski 2:13.06
11 Adam Arnold 2:22.53
12 Rob Moravsky 2:24.80
13 Geoff Britten 2:25.71
14 Matthew Schumann 2:34.43
15 Brian Wilczewski 2:40.67
16 Chris Wilczewski 2:45.35
17 Brent Ruffin 2:47.99
18 Mitch Pajcic 2:55.20
19 Michelle Warnky 3:08.94
20 Andew Lowes 3:14.24
21 Leoniel Olanda 3:24.58
22 Tom McGregor 3:29.75
23 Dan Polizzi 3:30.72
24 David Cavanagh 3:58.66
25 Adam Mihm 4:02.71
26 Turkrong “TK” Klengdong Warped Wall 1:01.92
27 Timothy Dauenhauer Warped Wall 1:29.98
28 Raymond Butler Warped Wall 1:47.16
29 Brandon Willis Warped Wall 1:57.30
30 Mathew Harris Warped Wall 2:07.66

Miami Top 30 Qualifiers

1 Drew Drechsel 0:44.24
2 Jonathan Sharp Brown 0:51.11
3 Luciano Acuna, JR. 1:00.07
4 William Brown 1:03.03
5 John Vogt 1:13.20
6 Joseph Rosello 1:16.95
7 Idoko Abuh 1:19.24
8 Neil Craver 1:23.48
9 Miguel Castillo 1:23.65
10 Dustin Sanderson 1:25.05
11 Solomon Harvey 1:27.88
12 Brett Sims 1:28.50
13 Kenneth Niemitalo 1:32.02
14 Jared “JJ” Woods 1:34.15
15 Stephens Nunnally 1:34.83
16 Adam Orsini 1:35.27
17 Michael Eckert 1:40.39
18 Timothy Koren 1:40.72
19 Preston Griffall 1:48.05
20 Ryan Stratis 1:50.29
21 David Hunt 1:51.99
22 Kavon Sadler 1:52.84
23 Brandon Arrington 2:00.91
24 Adam Grossman 2:02.69
25 Gabriel Arnold 2:03.80
26 Reko Rivera 2:03.91
27 Binny Seth 2:07.45
28 Rich Thompson 2:09.88
29 Andy Friedman 2:11.32
30 Todd Bourgeois 2:11.92

Denver Top 30 Qualifiers

1 Lorin Ball 1:04.27
2 Paul Kasemir 1:09.04
3 Lance Pekus 1:20.06
4 Daniel Larson-Fine 1:26.11
5 Justin Kydd 1:29.97
6 David Schwartz 1:37.45
7 Kyle Sinacori 1:41.41
8 Christopher Romrell 1:46.72
9 Yancey Quezada 1:56.72
10 Robin Pietschmann 1:56.79
11 Isaac Caldiero 1:56.97
12 Karson Voiles 2:00.36
13 Matthew Wilder 2:01.23
14 Brian Arnold 2:32.86
15 Dan Entmacher 2:37.53
16 Yen Chen 2:43.53
17 David Bortz 2:58.25
18 Alex Manikowski 3:09.04
19 Dr. Noah Kaufman 3:26.30
20 Josh Newhouse 3:26.37
21 Ian Dory 3:35.48
22 Meagan Martin 4.46.29
23 Keith Peters Warped Wall 1:39.91
24 Phil Gavigan Warped Wall 1:56.59
25 Carl Fantauzzo, JR. Warped Wall 2:15.59
26 Jared Higginson Warped Wall 2:20.93
27 Jon Stewart Warped Wall 2:44.30
28 Joel Brady Warped Wall 3:08.18
29 Ronnie Shalvis, JR. Devil Steps 0:31.43
30 Austin Lutz Devil Steps 0:33.21

Show Favorites

There have been so many favorites on American Ninja Warrior because of the amazing talent this year. Many veterans of the show have qualified like David Campbell, Drew Drechsel, James McGrth, Joe Moravsky, Brian Arnold, Evan Dollard and many more. There has been some heartbreak though watching both Brent Steffensen and David “Flip” Rodriguez go out early in qualifying. Both amazing athletes that should have gone so much farther. We will be rooting for them next year.

The most memorable moments this year would have to be three women making it up the warped wall and completing the qualifying course. We have to give props to Kacy Catanzaro, Michelle Warnky and Meagan Martin. They have made history as being the first women on American Ninja Warrior to complete the qualifying course.

Whats Next?

Up next week on American Ninja Warrior is the first episode of the finals. Now 150 American Ninja Warriors will battle it out on the more difficult and longer finals courses to see who will take on Mount Midoriyama. Monday May 30th will be the first finals episode starting in Denver. Check out the schedule and more about American Ninja Warrior on NBC.

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Warrior Walking

Everyone wants to look and feel like a warrior. The biggest problem is that the transformation to a warriors body seems like a lot of work. What most people don’t realize is that making small adjustments to how they get around or just making a game out your daily routine can be the first step in your transformation. The best part is that it can be a lot of fun too. The key is to not be shy. If you getting healthier and happier then cares what other people think.

Lunge Walk

Lets start with a lunge walk. It is really easy, can be done anywhere.

Quadrupedal Movement or QM for short

Ever get down on all fours and play like your an animal when you were a kid. Very similar but easier on the knees and a great workout.

Broad Jump

Broad jumping is a great exercise, can be done anywhere and in general is a lot of fun. Make it fun (I bet I can just from this parking line to that one. Then a little farther. Maybe from the sidewalk to that rock or anything to challenge yourself.) After a while everywhere you go you will see a new challenge and will find yourself doing it.

QM Backwards

Remember when you where a kid and you would tell a friend, bet you can’t do this and then they would do it. The next step was always “Bet you can’t do it backwards”. You always have to try it cause everything is more fun backwards. May not be able to do this one anywhere but just about.

The Final Stretch

Always finish up with a good stretch. See Even Warriors Stretch it Out for more info on stretching.

The Finish Line

Of course this is work and not always easy but remember that it can be a heck of a lot of fun, especially if you do it will friends or family. And its a sure bet that as long as you keep a good attitude, your friends or family are going to join in and its a great way to start Moving Like a Warrior.

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Stretching can be the difference between having a really great workout and getting injured. You don’t want to stretch til you hurt something but you want to feel the stretch. Plus, life can be so much more fun when you are flexible. Here is a easy routine that will get you on your way.

Neck Stretch

Six motions to get your neck stretch out and feeling loose. Hold each position for 15 seconds.

Neck Flexion (Chin to Chest)

Bring your chin down to chest slowly and hold.

Neck Extension (stretch your head back)

Lower your head back as far as you can and hold.

Right and Left Lateral Flexion (Ear to Shoulder)

Bring your ear to your shoulder and hold. Switch to the other side.

Right and Left Rotation (Chin to Shoulder)

Turn your head til your chin is over your shoulder and hold. Switch to the other side.

Stretching your Hamstring

Stand with your back straight, abs flexed, shoulders down and feet hip-width apart. Now bring your left leg forward, heel down, toes up and leg straight. Bend your right knee and support yourself with both hands on your thighs. Keep your back straight. Repeat on the other side.

Quad Stretch

Stand straight, legs and arms parallel. Brind your left leg up and grab your ankle with your left hand. Keep your thighs parallel and pull your leg up to your butt or as far as you can and hold. Repeat on the other side.

Chest and Biceps Stretch

Stand straight and interlace your fingers behind your back while keeping your arms straight. Lift your arms while keeping your back straight. Hold for 10-15 seconds and release.

Shoulder Shrugs

Shrug your shoulders to your ears and hold tight for a couple seconds and release. Repeat about 10 times.

Standing Triceps Stretch

Back straight and hold on to your left elbow with your right hand. Pull your left elbow to the center of your back and hold for 10-15 seconds. Repeat with other elbow.

Back Stretch

Get on all fours with a flat back. Flex your abs and curl your back towards the ceiling. Keep your head and neck loose and hold for 10-15 seconds. Repeat 4 more times.

Stay healthy, stay flexible and most of all keep it fun.

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Brick Mansions

The founder of Parkour, David Belle, is starring in another movie in theaters right now called Brick Mansions. He plays an ex-con that is helping a Detroit undercover cop take down a crime lord. The Detroit cop is played by the late Paul Walker. It was his final film before he died. Great actor, sad to see him go.

This film is a remake of the French film “District B13” also starring David Belle in the same role. I think he was chosen for both roles because no one could pull off such impressive freerunning. Through out the movie he is pulling of some of the most impressive parkour moves I have ever seen. Watch the trailer below, if you’re a fan of parkour then you will definitely want to see this. Its playing at Waco Square Premiere Cinema right now so go catch it.