Not many people can say they swing from giant monkey bars and scale walls for a competitive sport, but this is a reality for the hundreds of contestants that try out every year for NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior.”
The sports entertainment competition is a spin-off of the Japanese television series of the same vein called “Sasuke.” During the show, competitors try to compete in a series of obstacle courses that increase in difficulty.
On Friday, competitor Lance Pekus talked about his experience during a radio interview on “First Look with Scott Cox.” The program is part of TBC Media’s daily simulcast with NEWSTALK 1180 Kern.
Originally a rancher from Salmon, Idaho, Pekus was dubbed “The Cowboy Ninja” after his course run in season 4. Years later Pekus has gone on to compete on two other seasons.
“It’s fun, it’s a great way to keep you in shape,” Pekus told simulcast hosts Scott Cox and Michael Hopper. “You don’t even feel like exercising, your kind of just running around like a kid on a playground.”
But since American Ninja Warriors inception in 2009, what started as a “big playground” has turned into a widely favored segment.
“The show is crazy popular,” said Rush Air General Manager Katie Corrigan, adding that Pekus was in town filming a video promo for an obstacle course.
And for Pekus, the recognition has been a whole new experience.
“It’s pretty cool being recognized out on the streets,” he said of recent experiences. “It’s crazy. I know pretty much everyone in my town so it’s not that big of a deal being recognized there, but when I get out of town and get recognized on the street it’s a pretty cool feeling.”
Lance Pekus will be at Rush Air Sports from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 4. Admission is $13 an hour. For more information, visit: rushairsports.com or call 864-7874.