American Ninja Warrior gym will put your regular workout to shame

A new gym in Calgary takes a page right out of the successful American Ninja Warrior reality TV series.

Part-obstacle course, part-trampoline park — InjaNation promises to amp up your snoozy treadmill workout.

“We’re noticing a shift towards functional fitness and boutique gyms and areas for people to get active,” manager Leslie Stempfle told the Calgary Eyeopener.

The 50,000-square-foot facility opened in November in a former industrial warehouse for oilfield services in the city’s northeast.

The lofty space features floating steps, rock-climbing walls and the “Behemoth” — a gruelling obstacle named after a monstrous biblical creature. It requires a lot of upper body strength.

“Less than 10 per cent of the folks that come through can complete it,” said co-founder Mike West.

In researching InjaNation, West visited more than 60 obstacle courses all over North America.

“We were impacted by how popular the show was and how it created a community-based competitive environment, where competitors were actually supporting each other and cheering each other on. So we thought that was a great dynamic.”

West said what makes the Calgary facility unique is that it’s catered to all ages and levels of fitness, from “extreme athletes” to “toddlers.”

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