Most of us have wondered what it would be like to take on the Ninja Warrior course at one point or another. But if you, like me, suffer from chronic laziness then the chances are this has remained an intangible dream.

This week, I had the opportunity to speak to someone who had actually taken this household dream and made it a reality. Tony, a former physiotherapist at St Johnstone, sailed through the interview to make it to the televised stages of the Ninja Warrior course.

Have you ever wondered what it would actually take to take on the legendary course? We had a quick-fire Q & A with Tony to see how he did it!

Getting to Know Tony

Q)  Where are you from?

A) I am actually from the Manchester area but moved to Perth to work with St Johnstone a few years ago.

Q)  What do you want to be when you grow up?

A) My dream has always been to be a professional football player.

Q)  What song gets you in the zone?

A) Eye of the Tiger. Duh!

Q)  What’s your favourite thing to do in Perthshire?

A) I love Blend Coffee shop, it’s a great stop which I visit frequently to do work. Apart from Blend, I also really enjoy being part of Claymore CrossFit and walking up Kinnoull Hill.

Becoming a Ninja Warrior

Q)  What made you join NW?

A) Like most people, it crossed my mind once or twice but it was actually after a night out with a few friends (and maybe one drink to many) that I applied for the show.

Q)  So what happened next?

A) After I applied to the show I was invited to the interview process in Glasgow. I went with a few other guys who were also auditioning for the show. We had to do some basic fitness testing and a short interview. I definitely wasn’t the fittest or strongest person there but was selected for the show nevertheless.

Q)  Okay so you passed the interview… How did you prepare for the show?

A) Once I knew I was going to the live show I started to get into some serious training.
I kept going to frequent sessions at Claymore CrossFit to keep improving my general fitness, strength and stamina.
I also watched my fair share of previous Ninja Warrior series and realised the successful contestants were the guys and girls who were light, agile and training regularly in mountaineering and rock climbing. I started going to the Perth College climbing wall a couple of times a week to get more comfortable at lifting my body weight. The brilliant facilities and friendly staff there defiantly helped get me into shape for the show.

Taking on the Course

Q) How did you think you would do?

A) Honestly, I had no idea. I just wanted to get past the first obstacle and I would be happy!

Q) Tell us about the obstacles. What was the hardest one you faced?

A) There is a lot of tricky obstacles on the course! The ‘floating steps’ and ‘tic toc’ were the two obstacles that I found pretty challenging. My favourite obstacle was the ‘spinning bridge’ because it’s all about speed.

Q) Do you have any tips for anyone else who wants to give Ninja Warrior a shot?

A) Upper body strength is the key to doing well in Ninja Warrior. The contestants who do well are always agile and are often rock climbers. I think because bodybuilders, rugby players and gym junkies tend to weigh more and have big legs, which is actually a disadvantage for this competition.

Q) Will we see you on Ninja Warrior again?

A) Who knows! I guess we all just need to wait and see! 😉


Make sure you tune in to ITV this Saturday at 6:30pm to see how Tony fares against the Ninja Warrior course!

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