Train Like a Ninja – Or How We Made Workouts Fun Again

Adventure HQ, Palm Shores, Florida, USA

“When I first started working out, I was looking forward to each and every session. However, after a while the initial excitement wore off and workouts became just another part of my routine. The predictability of going into the gym every morning and doing the same exercises over and over again made me feel like I’m just checking one more thing off my schedule” - Jennifer, 42 years old from Kansas City, Missouri.

This quote from Jennifer actually describes the way a lot of people feel. Even though they want to stay healthy and fit, after a while they struggle to get excited about gym sessions.

And when you’re bored, you’re just not maximizing your workout.

According to experts, one of the main reasons people stop seeing fitness results and hit an exercise plateau is the lack of diversity in their sessions. Many different trends like CrossFit have attempted to counter this, but more often than not they turn out to be fads.

They just seem to ignore the most intrinsic part of human nature – the desire for play and natural movement, rather than repetitive and wearisome exercise. This is where Walltopia’s Ninja Course and Boulder climbing walls step in to show that staying fit can be far more engaging, and even feel fun and adventurous.

The Ninja Course is an obstacle course suited for all ages which allows users to train and compete with each other in a fun and exciting environment. It offers a variety of different elements which alternate the body parts you’re exercising. You can choose from over 45 high-quality Ninja Course obstacles and the Walltopia consultants will advise you how to combine them according to your goals – choosing the right selection for your area and budget is the key to a successful training course. In case you already have an existing structure, they can also be bought separately and are retrofittable.

Ninja courses can often be seen in combination with boulder walls which provide a thorough strength and endurance training along with a good dose of adrenaline. Both the courses and the walls are easy to install and maintain and they also have a simple structure which allows for quick and cheap upgrades in order to keep the visitor flow going. At the same time, they can bring great value to your gym – users love them because they provide an extra layer of challenge and adventure to their usual workout.

A Complete or Specific Muscle Group Workout

Funtopia, Sofia, Bulgaria

The main source of satisfaction for the users is successfully overcoming obstacles. This is why in order to keep the old visitors coming back and acquire new ones, you have to offer a variety of Ninja Course obstacles with distinct structure, size and purpose. Each one of them will pose a specific challenge to the user and require a different type of effort, which is what makes the workout so engaging.

Some of the obstacles focus on specific muscle groups in more detail while others provide a full-body workout. They combine cardiovascular training elements along with strength exercises, so during the training you burn calories and at the same time build muscle and stamina. Whether you’re climbing the nets or leaping over the jump boxes, you feel energized, adventurous and determined to reach your next goal.

For the upper part of your body, you can pick from a series of obstacles which not only exercise your shoulder and arm muscles, but also keep your mind occupied and make you forget that you’re in the midst of a high-intensity training session. Instead of doing repetitive pull ups while the only thing you focus on is the gruelling effort they require, you can roam around the Ninja Course gripping on the sliders and springed bars hanging from above. Other obstacles which build your upper body strength include the upstream ladder and the spin cycle, among others.

Ninja courses also offer a wide variety of obstacles which present a great alternative to traditional exercises for the lower part of your body. Jumping over tubes and parkour steps will make you wonder why you’ve ever put yourself through endless series of monotonous squatting exercises. And instead of staring at your treadmill’s monitor and impatiently waiting to reach your target, you will be too busy concentrating on reaching your next obstacle as quickly as possible. Other elements which focus on the legs are the plexi board, the bosu ground and the ninja wall, among others.

Most people also imagine that having a flat belly requires hours of repetitive sit ups and leg raises. However, abdominal training comes in different forms and can engage other parts of your body too. The training course provides a variety of such possibilities, like grabbing onto flying rings like a gymnast or climbing ropes and nets just like when you were a kid. The way to keep visitors coming back, is by combining a variety of obstacles which also have different difficulty levels – this way the user will be kept occupied both physically and mentally at all times.

Freedome Aerial Freestyle Park, Ellesmere Port, U.K.
Ninja Course fitted with a gamified feature “Racing Lines”, which turns the experience into a competition

Walltopia’s Ninja courses also offer the customizable Gamifier platform, produced by their partners at Techtopia. It allows visitors to track their progress, compete with their best times and tackle new challenges alone or with their friends. The Gamifier motivates people to return and improve their scores, bring others and popularize your venue in the process.

Bouldering, an Adrenaline-Packed Full-Body Workout

Earth Treks, Columbia, Maryland, USA

After the intensive ninja course training stirred up your hunger for adventure, you can then move on to the boulder wall for some more. Apart from providing you with a whole body workout, climbing also supplies a good dose of adrenaline and increases your overall balance and flexibility.

Contrary to most people’s perception, climbing doesn’t just exercise your arms – it also trains the lower parts of the body as doing it properly means lifting yourself mainly with your legs. The amount of hand-eye coordination which climbing requires also takes all of your focus and helps reduce your stress levels. Overall, climbing is a great way to increase both your physical and mental strength and gives you a great sense of achievement when looking down from the top.

Just like it’s near impossible to make a child exercise monotonously in a gym, you shouldn’t put your inner child through that either. Staying fit and healthy is important but don’t turn it into just another piece of your schedule. That’s what Walltopia’s combination of ninja workouts and climbing is here for – just try it and you’ll never go back to ‘normal.’

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