Work­out rou­tine tired? Try a ninja war­rior gym

Fit­set Ninja War­rior gym of­fers an ob­sta­cle course that may ig­nite your train­ing

StarMetro Edmonton - - EDMONTON - HAMDI ISSAWI CODIE MCLACH­LAN/STARMETRO ED­MON­TON

At a ninja train­ing fa­cil­ity that moved into the city seem­ingly overnight, the chal­lenge that’s quite pos­si­bly the cru­elest is a sim­ple bean­bag toss.

Par­tic­i­pants get two shots to land a bag in the slot. If they miss, the penalty is burpees, a push-up crossed with a jump­ing jack — 10 for each foul.

“I made that one up my­self,” said Tim Gourlay, CEO of Fit­set, an Ed­mon­ton-based com­pany be­hind the fa­cil­ity.

Placed near the end of a 20ob­sta­cle course that has par­tic­i­pants scal­ing walls, swing­ing from monkey bars and flip­ping tires — to list just a few — the bean­bag toss serves as a re­minder that stamina is lim­ited, and to keep a steady pace. Oth­er­wise, Gourlay Spar­tan Team Canada atlete Austin Azar, left, and Fit­set CEO Tim Gourlay show off Fit­set Ninja War­rior ob­sta­cle course at the Kingsway Mall.

said, flops are met with, yes, more burpees.

“There is some strat­egy in terms of pac­ing your­self, so you can do the ob­sta­cles to com­ple­tion. Where if you fall, you’re go­ing to tire your­self out more … be­cause you’ll

have to do burpees.”

On Satur­day, the Fit­set Ninja War­rior ob­sta­cle course, on the sec­ond floor of Kingsway Mall, opens to the pub­lic. Oc­cu­py­ing the area for­merly held by Sears, the gym boasts more than 4,600 square me­tres

of train­ing space for chal­lengers aged 5 and up.

“No mat­ter what fit­ness level you are, there’s a route for you to go through the course,” Gourlay said.

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