I really love my gym. (At least my main gym. I also have, to steal from Dave Berry, a small emergency backup gym for the days when my schedule doesn’t let me get to the real one, which can be a bit of a haul for me to get to ever since I moved about 4 months ago, from a terrible but conveniently located apartment to a much nicer but more distant one. At least I got a parenthetical comment approximately 27 times longer than the original sentence out of it.)
Anyhow, my gym: it’s called Enrgi Fitness, and it’s pretty much all group-class oriented, which is an approach that works for me. The instructors are really, really good (at some point I’ll write about That Horrible Parkour Class for comparison) and while there are general class formats, there’s a lot of variety within those classes so it’s not the same workout every time.
Yesterday it hosted a cool event: Ninja Warrior Sweatworking.
Sweatworking is a series of networking/workout events created by Jeana Anderson and asweatlife.com that get hosted by various gyms around Chicago. This one took the form of a mock-up of a Ninja Warrior course.
Yes, I’m a fan of the show, even though it’s not nearly as cool as the original Japanese, and they’ve done the NBC Olympics thing where the background stories take up about six times as much time as the actual event and there are about fifteen too many hosts (or at least it seems that way) and the amount of Gbajabilamitilation, or Mattrodding (male heterosexual glee at seeing another man take his shirt off) is a bit odd. Many of the instructors and other members are fans as well, so it was a nice fit.
The gym doesn’t have a full-sized replica of the course, but it did pretty well at mocking one up. There’s a 25-rung monkey bar set which was part of it; they attached some rings and grips of various shapes for us to travel along; that was tough and I didn’t exactly do it entirely, although I did better than I expected. For the warped wall, they put markings to jump and reach for high on a regular wall; I actually did pretty well at this, thanks to That Horrible Parkour Class. (That’s what I call it; I never said it was fair to call it that.) the quintuple steps were actually pretty tricky; they used four Bosu balls that we had to jump between, which wasn’t too hard, but at the last one we had to transition to a smaller… thingy, I guess, sort of a gel disk that’s sort of like the Bosu but smaller and flatter. It was also positioned more forward than sideways, so we had to change the direction of our motion.
There were 12 obstacles in total, and we had a couple minutes at each to try them out before running the course.
(I’m on my ancient laptop rather than my less ancient desktop, and I have no reason to believe the caption is showing up properly. But that photo, taken by Enrgi Fitness, shows the participants of the Ninja Warrior Sweatworking event. I’m in there, at the back. No, not that guy, next to him. Maybe one over.)
Having something like this does raise a slight problem, though: I want a full-sized course of my own, and no practical way to get it. I guess it doesn’t even need to be my own. I’d be happy to share. (Well, tolerant of sharing, at least.) I’m not sure how to make that happen. I’ll let you know if I think of anything.
(I also need to come up with a video submission to apply for the show, since they’re now accepting applications.)