Ok Cavers, I’d like you to carefully analyze these two videos and try to figure out why they are “the same”. This is very important for your skill development. Watch closely.
Video A: This one is a very good video demonstrating a “Squat-on” in a preschool gymnastics class. (I know, the little girls are amazingly cute. We have that same kind of cuteness in our gym. )
OK, now how is Video A the same as Video B, with Ninja Warrior veteran and Cave gymnastics & parkour coach JB Douglass (more on our newest coach to follow in a subsequent blog post) demonstrating this little “Double Kong”. That is Seraphina Schinner’s (ok,.. Michael & Miyoko Schinner’s) yellow pickup truck that you’re looking at and that is me in the background. Check this out. Video B:
OK,… think about it… now I’ll give you some space so you can figure it out without reading the answer below.
……. Did you figure it out…?
…….. Ok, I’ll give you a little more time…
……… OK, now?…..
……… Here’s the answer:
If your skill level is exactly the same as demonstrated in the squat-ons on Video A, or exactly the same as demonstrated by JB in Video B, or somewhere in between, then you are ready and perfectly capable of participating and completing the American Ninja Warrior Seminar at The Cave on Sunday Nov. 4th from 8:30am-2:20pm. It is also the perfect place to employ all that fitness and skill that you’ve been working on by training that explosive hip extension, those kipping pull-ups or if you’ve been working gymnastics skills. Few things could be more fun than exploring new movements in an obstacle course coached by a dozen Ninja Warrior Veterans. Come meet and train with the celebrities at The Cave. More details can be found here. The current pre-registration price is $75 and you can sign up online. There may also be a couple of slots left for the kids’ session on Nov. 3rd. Additional details can be found at: http://www.inthecave.com/events. I know that a bunch of Cavers wanted to come this weekend but had scheduling conflicts. We’re looking into scheduling another one around April 2013. By the way, another similarity between the videos is that both the little pre-school girls and JB are overcoming obstacles with just the power of the human body, specifically referred to as vaulting in this case. Also, the squat-ons are at the beginning of a progression that turns into Kongs and later double Kongs. I hope you enjoyed the videos, and by the way, here are the answers to last weeks American Ninja Warrior trivia:
1> Name the Caver depicted in the “cover” picture of the May 8th, 2012 American Ninja Warrior Workout Men’s Health article show here: http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/american-ninja-workout
Andrey Pfening. He coaches at The Cave on Wednesdays & Fridays regularly, when he’s not subbing or planning out spectacular class programming and obstacle courses.
2> Name the obstacle that he is on.
3> What “stage” of the competition is it in and what obstacle on course? (Ergo, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th,… etc.)
2012 ANW Venice Beach qualifiers
4> What region did he compete in and where was the competition held?
The “Great North West”, as one famous comentator put it. Venice Beach
5> What discipline does he specialize in? Parkour, of course!
6> How far did he get in the competition, ergo, what obstacle (if any) did he fall on? He fell about 1.5′ past the spot where he is on the picture, before the dismount to the pipe slider
7> Who were the commentators for his run? Jonny Mosely & Matt Iseman, of course. I hope I’m spelling their names right.!
Ok,… so,… how about this guy? (This picture was used on buddy TV: http://www.buddytv.com/articles/american-ninja-warrior/american-ninja-warrior-season-45701.aspx
as well as Monsters & Critcs: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/features/article_1699436.php/American-Ninja-Warrior-Pictures?page=11)
1> Name the Caver depicted in the picture above. - That’s me, Andres De la Rosa
2> Name the obstacle that he is on. Arm Rings.
3> What “stage” of the competition is it in and what obstacle on course? (Ergo, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th,… etc.) Venice beach Regional Finals Course, 7th obstacle.
4> What region did he compete in and where was the competition held? North West, Venice Beach.
5> What discipline does he specialize in? None. I’m not a specialist. I’ve done them all, just about.
6> What obstacle during the competition(s) (if any) did he fall on? Trick question. Did not fall! Finished course with 6minutes + change., which was the slowest run of the athletes completing the course. Note to self: don’t stop to stretch on the course because you’re tired!
7> Who were the commentators for his run? Matt Eiseman & Johnny Mosely, same as for Andrey
Come train with both of these Cave Ninjas and many more of the ANW 4 Celebrities at the Cave on Nov. 4th. Read more here: http://www.inthecave.com/blog/?p=7556
I hope you guys can make it. All I can promise is how much fun it can be!
So,… other than the blog0-post coach being a little bit of a pain in the ass, I hope that all is well and that you’re all having a fantastic experience at The Cave.