Backyard Builders are getting busy!
Folks have been posting some in-progress pics to the facebook page and sending them in via email, so we thought we'd share a few set-ups this Saturday to inspire your inner Ninja Warrior builder. Check these awesome Ninja Warrior set-ups out!
We love seeing these pics! Keep 'em coming!
We've also been cooking up some new obstacles for the Backyard Builder Nation. Warped Wall (full-size and kid-size), Unstable Bridge, Hanging Boards and more... are all coming soon. So stay tuned for new plans on the way!
The Backyard Builder Nation has been stirring up a little buzz about balance obstacles recently. A lot of folks are asking for suggestions and ideas on how to add balance components to their Ninja Warrior backyard setup.
The problem for most backyard builders when it comes to balance obstacles is that the official Ninja Warrior obstacles are often pretty BIG and pretty COMPLEX. ...Which translates into not that easy to build from scratch. But that doesn't mean we can't come up with some awesome options for ninja training!
Backyard Builders have been sending in suggestions for simple substitutes that are a boat load of fun to train on and super-easy to incorporate into any DIY course. Here's two of our favorites.
Probably hands down the most effective balance training tool we have found is the slackline. It may not look like much, but you won't believe the workout you will get from twenty minutes on the slackline. It really strengthens the core, which is actually the main muscle worked while balancing. And that core and balance training translate directly into any other lower-body obstacles.
We've got our slackline set up right next to our backyard Ninja Warrior course, which is nice because if you start to fall you always have something over your head to grab onto. It's also fun to train for transferring between the slack line and jumping over to the hanging grasps. The slackline is super-springie, like a mini-tramp.
The slackline we purchased is the Gibbon 2-Inch Funline X13 Slackline Kit. Really any slackline will do. The two inch slackline is the way to go. It's gives a little bit more surface area for beginners. Slacklines go for around $50 and up depending on length. You can easily order them online or find them locally at outdoors outfitters that offer camping and hiking gear like Mountain High.
Google some youtube videos for slacklining and you'll find a ton of getting started tips and some really amazing tricks to inspire your inner ninja.
Exercise Ball Alley
Here's another balance obstacle you can build yourself with some exercise balls and some hay bails. We came across this awesome idea by way of Tonia Kiesel.
Run down to your local Target, Walmart, Academy Sports, or just hit Amazon.com, and get some Exercise Balls (sometimes called Stability Balls or Core Balls). These run about $10 to $20. Then drop by HomeDepot or your local lawn and garden place and pick up some blocks of baled straw or hay. About $6 per bale.
Have a look at the picture above to spark your imagination then go get creative with how you could expand this set-up to make it meet the level of challenge you're looking for in your own backyard.
...Think about how you could space out the bales and the balls. Take it up another notch and think about how you could leave room for the balls to roll forward and backward between the bales.
Boom! Two balance obstacles you can add to any Ninja Warrior Backyard Course.
Get out their, get building and have a great weekend!
-The Ferguson Fellas
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The Quintuple Steps are an awesome add-on obstacle for your DIY backyard Ninja Warrior course!
These plans only take about 45 minutes to build (once you have your materials) - so it makes the perfect spontaneous weekend project that's easy to finish in less than an hour. Check out the 6-minute DIY Quintuple Steps video to get the cliff notes.
Here's what you're going to love about these DIY Quintuple Steps:
1. You can build all 5 steps with just one sheet of plywood - so you're investment is right around $60 start to finish.
2. These quints are hinged to give you variable training angles. We’ve seen all kinds of different quintuple step tutorials that report the steps on the show are angled anywhere from 45 degrees to 60 degrees. So, using this design to build your own quintuple steps gives you the ability to train for all of the above.
3. These DIY Quintuple Steps plans are designed so you end up with ultra-portable, compact steps. That way you don’t have to leave ‘em out taking up the whole back yard and you can easily move them around. …and since you can easily move the Quintuple Steps around, you’ll be able to space them as you like in the beginning to get your training started and then keep expanding the distance to raise the challenge and grow your skills. Last, but not least, the smaller surface area of these Quintuple Step plans also contributes to improving your precision and and overall foot placement. Very Cool.
You can find the full materials list and step by step instructions right here.
Hey Backyard Builders!
Want to get your salmon ladder training going this weekend ...even if you don't have your salmon ladder ready for action yet?
Here’s a little something that everyone will be able to enjoy - whether you’ve already begun building your own ultimate set-up or you’re just in the early stages of getting started.
Hit this link to check out some super simple training tips from Chris Wilczewski over at Movement Labs and www.NinjaWarriorGyms.com
In these videos, Chris does a fantastic job of explaining training techniques you can use with just a pull-up bar to build explosive power for rocking the salmon ladder obstacle.
Chris takes you through beginner, intermediate and advanced movements to practice such as negative pull-ups and clapping pull-ups.
We only wish we had seen these even sooner, because we can still remember the excitement of finishing work on our salmon ladder and jumping right into trying it out.
…But after a few tries and a sore rear, we realized Ninja athletes like Ryan Stratis and Brent Steffensen knew a few things that we didn’t. So, here's how to make progress faster.
Check out Chris’ training videos and then get busy!
Have a great weekend,
The Fellas at NinjaWarriorBlueprints.com
(Scott, Alex & Graham Ferguson)
SUPER SIMPLE GLOBE GRASPS
Welcome to the Backyard Builder Nation! …and NinjaWarriorBlueprints.com Thanks for selecting our do it yourself obstacle instructions. We looked high and low searching everywhere for anything we could find on how to build our own obstacles before we decided we would just have to figure it out for ourselves …the hard way. And that’s exactly why we’ve painstakingly documented every detail of how we built our obstacles so you can do the same in a fraction of the time it took us, without all the frustrations we ran into along the way.
SUPER SIMPLE GLOBE GRASPS This is gonna be fun - and easy. Let’s make some globe grasps!
Our globe grasp recipe only calls for three basic ingredients. We’ll use some lacrosse balls, some eyebolts and some fender washers. As far as tools go, you’ll need a drill, a 3/8” bit and a long screw driver. A vice would be nice, but not entirely necessary.
Here’s the cliff notes version… drill a hole through each lacrosse ball, running the eye-bolts through and cap ‘em off with a flat washer and nut. Then hang ‘em from somewhere that will support you. If you have a garage with exposed floor joists in the ceiling, well… there’s an option for you. Have a pull-up bar handy? Hang ‘em from there. Backyard play set? Hmmmm… lot’s of possibilities. Get creative.
This recipe makes seven grasps, but you can obviously adjust the count up or down. You’ll also probably want some rope to tie ‘em on whatever framework you choose. If you want to get fancy and take it up a notch, use the rope, plus some carabiners to make ‘em “portable” and “swapable” (see our suggestions at the end of this recipe).
OK, here’s the specifics. Use a 3/8” drill bit to drill a hole straight through the center of the ball. Be extra careful here when you’re drilling these and use some common sense about how to secure the ball when you’re drilling it.
If you happen to have a vice on a work bench, that would be a great way to secure the ball while you drill. Main point: don’t drill your hand. Be safe. Be smart.
Here’s a tip. Lacrosse balls are solid rubber, and a little tricky to drill through. We found it a bit easier to drill them after we put them in the freezer for a while. So, you may want to freeze ‘em overnight before drilling them.
Next, grab one of your eye bolts and work it through the hole in the lacrosse ball. We found that after we got it started in the hole, it was a lot easier to crank it through using a long screw driver as leverage.
This part takes a little patience, but “u kan dew eet!” Once you’ve got the eye bolt through, just cap it off with a 1-1/2 inch fender washer and the nut for the bolt. See? Super-simple.
Now it’s time to find somewhere to hang ‘em. If you decide to hang them from your floor joists, or something similar, drill a hole for each grasp using a 1/2” drill bit. Then use the 3/8” polypropylene rope (from the optional materials list) to tie each grasp in place. We used a basic knot, which seemed to work fine. If you want to get more technical and go hard-core, consult your nearest Boy Scout manual or Google some knots and take your pick.
Finish off the loose ends of rope with some electrical tape to keep them from unraveling. Boom! You’re ready to rock those hanging grasps!
…And, hey, if you feel like sharing the love, take a second to email us your mug shots or just post ‘em to our facebook timeline so we can see how your set-up is coming along. We love to see what the Backyard Builder Nation is coming up with and all the creative ideas that show up in the process!
OPTIONAL Suggestions for Your Grasps: If you want to check out some different types of pro-grasps to add to your set-up, hit our accessories page at http://www.ninjawarriorblueprints.com/cool-accessories/. You can add some carabiners to attach the grasps and easily swap ‘em out for different training experiences on different days of the week. Very cool.
Notes on Materials...
You can get ALMOST everything you need for the recipe from HomeDepot, or any other local hardware store. If you have a HomeDepot handy, the list below even provides the item numbers for the parts to pick-up. Except… Lacrosse balls. They don’t have these at HomeDepot ; -)
Dick’s sporting goods typically caries them, and other local sports retailers in your area may have them as well. You can also easily order lacrosse balls from Amazon and other places online. If you want to get them or order them from Dick’s - here’s a link for what you want:
PowerBolt NCAA Lacrosse Ball sku# 16410536
You’ll probably want at least seven balls. Just depends on how many grasps you want to make. This recipe calls for seven. If you get more, just remember to add more eye bolts and washers to the list below. Go for it!
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