Train like a ninja warrior and gain strength Obstacle Athletics in Deer Park, Long Island
AT Obstacle athletics at Deer Park, they welcome people of all ages and fitness levels to try out a one-of-a-kind workout that may well be familiar to “American Ninja Warrior” fans.
Athletes tackle obstacles of all kinds to improve their climbing and balancing abilities, with challenges such as warped walls, monkey bars, walls, rope climbs, double salmon ladder and a devil’s staircase.
“Our slogan is to overcome everything,” said Kevin LaPlatney, owner of Obstacle athletics. “From day one, something we wanted to say literally and figuratively. Of course, you can overcome these obstacles, but overcoming everything you know could have put you back in shape and health. There is no ego here.
LaPlatney opened the gym with a few friends who shared a love for this particular style of fitness.
He wanted to have a facility where he could train year round, not just when he entered Spartan or Tough Mudder races.
After a spike in interest in the “American Ninja Warrior” TV show, he figured he would incorporate similar hurdles into his gym’s offerings.
Athletes feel the fear and do it anyway.
“I was very scared to do a lot of things,” said Camryn Gabel. “Like balance, I was not good, but now I understand everything. Like not losing balance.”
LaPlatney emphasizes that you don’t have to be a strong athlete to enjoy workouts on his fitness playground.
Obstacle Athletics has a selection of programs, including their Mini Warriors class for ages 5 and 6, which teach little ones about teamwork and directions.
Another popular program is Ninja Skills, which is designed for ages 7 and up and focuses on progressions and technique for each of the obstacle courses.
You can even throw your own birthday party, plan a team-building experience outside of the office, or orchestrate a bachelor / bachelorette party.
“Everyone supports the person you come to for a class,” LaPlatney said. “Little by little you will get better and feel more comfortable. You will probably improve at the obstacles or the movements and everything we do there.”