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Old 08-11-2007, 10:33 PM   #1
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So I was watching Ninja Warrior (for those of you who know what that is) a while back and they had an olympian decathlete competing. He was 6'2" 210 pounds. Most competitors that do well in Ninja Warrior don't usually stray too far from 150-155. This guy did fairly well up untill the third stage which is all obstacles that for the pullup muscles, ESPECIALLY grip and hand strength. He fell on the cliffhanger, in which you have to work your way sideways along a ledge hanging by the very tips of your finger. I didn't figer such a big guy would be able to support his weight like that and even IF he did I had to wonder if he'd be able to move his weight fast enough to make it up 15' between two walls and then up 15' of rope in 30 seconds in the next stage.

The question is even though this guy failed do you think it's possible with more specific training for a guy around or over 200 pounds to work up the hand strength to make it through the third stage or be able to climb 15' of rope in 15 seconds? Could they do it with specific training or does there come a point where weight just makes it improbable to do such things?
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Old 08-11-2007, 10:45 PM   #2
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxBkw-AyWc0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwj3tt9fUKQ

Here are stage 3 and 4 by the way.
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Old 08-11-2007, 11:34 PM   #3
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It's not impossible in my opinion.
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Old 08-12-2007, 04:35 AM   #4
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I think some of the taller guys are aided by there in height in Ninja Warrior. Tall and lean or slim. That extra reach can be a big help I think.

By tall, I mean 5'9 to 6'2. I guess that's what I consider tall.
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Old 08-12-2007, 07:57 AM   #5
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Matt: work and/or family safe links, or not?

Please remember to post the designation.

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Old 08-12-2007, 08:23 AM   #6
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Oh right. Sorry. I haven't posted any links since the board started doing that. Both videos are work/family safe. Maybe you could put that in my post since I can't edit anymore? I'll remember next time.
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Old 08-12-2007, 12:56 PM   #7
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Since the game is highly about managing bodyweight, smaller people have a greater advantage, of course. There are only a couple instances where external weight must be handled.

Big guys should be able to do well if they trained enough. The cliffhanger would be murder, though, probably. If someone is going to get past that, a rock climbing history would be in good order (not surprising that Jovtchev failed on that).

Blair, I would think that short people could do well in a lot of the ninja warrior parts. The higher the strength/bodyweight ratio, the better. That wall run thing in stage one might be easier for taller people though. And 6' is tall. 5'9" is probably about average, though.
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Old 08-12-2007, 02:43 PM   #8
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I do think short people would have the strength to BW ratio. Unfortunately, I thought that the Hamm brothers and Jotchev seemed a bit too short on a few challenges when it came to reach while taller athletes did not have a problem.
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Old 08-12-2007, 03:33 PM   #9
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anyone know makoto nagano's height and weight?
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Old 08-12-2007, 03:41 PM   #10
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