Former TV contestant brings ninja warrior training to Noblesville

Kids took a run at the new Indy Warrior facility Monday. It brings a new workout experience to Hamilton County. (WISH photo/Nick Natario)

NOBLESVILLE, Ind (WISH) – If you’ve ever wanted to train to be a ninja warrior, now’s your chance.

Based on the “American Ninja Warrior” TV show, participants can swing, jump and climb on a series of obstacles at the new Indy Warrior facility at the Noblesville Fitness Club.

“Everything is involved and instead of just one muscle group at a time, it trains all muscle groups, all the time,” Indy Warrior owner Andy Smith said.

Smith created the facility after appearing on the show twice. He said Hamilton County needed something like it, and now he’s working with kids and adults to prove it.

(WISH Photo)
(WISH Photo)

“You don’t become a ninja in a day,” Smith said. “It’s a process.”

It’s a process that Smith never thought he’d experience. The former military member and Fishers High School teacher has suffered from a stroke, heart surgeries and a broken neck.

“I needed to prove to my kids that I was strong,” Smith said.

And now he’s using that drive to motivate others to climb the 14-foot warp wall. He started this journey in his neighbor’s basement.

Now, he’s improved the equipment and introducing it to a whole new generation. Smith offers both classes and open gym for anyone over the age of eight.

While his time on the show is over, this real-life warrior is looking forward to creating others.  “I’m super proud of everything that I see around me,” Smith said.

Indy Warrior opens Wednesday. If you’re interested in learning more, click here.

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