Martial arts schools and fitness facilities are always on the search to find programs and equipment that can benefit their members and set them apart from their competitors. One of the most popular ways to do this in recent years is ninja and obstacle course equipment and programs. If you want to add a ninja training course to your facility, what is the best way to do so, and what do you need to know?
What to Consider When Building a Ninja Training Course
The first consideration for any new equipment or program is where to locate it in the facility. One major benefit of a ninja training course is that most courses can be set up when needed and stored when not in use. If you’re interested in a more permanent ninja training course that includes monkey rigs, you will need to have a permanent and dedicated space for the large ninja training equipment. These permanent spaces can be multi-use with the right planning. Rigs surrounded by mats can be used for grappling if padding is placed around the poles of the rig. For more temporary obstacle and ninja training courses, it’s best to place equipment in an open space with protective flooring, such as mats or rubber flooring. The mat spaces of most martial arts facilities are perfect for temporary ninja training courses.
What Ninja Training Equipment to Use
The next consideration for adding a ninja training course to your facility is the equipment itself. It is important to assess which age groups will be using the equipment. Will you be designing the ninja training course for your adult members? Or will the course be used by your kids’ programs and your teen members? Most ninja and obstacle course equipment can be adjusted for age-appropriate skills. For children using the ninja training course, obstacles lower in height are important not only for safety, but to allow kids the ability to navigate the obstacle successfully. Ninja obstacles that provide more stability are also ideal. For example, obstacles that have wider bases provide more stability than obstacles that have smaller points of contact with the surface. Adults and teens will enjoy the challenge of taller obstacles and ones that require a greater mastery of balance, such as river rocks and river logs.
Where to Place Ninja Training Equipment
After deciding on the best place in your facility for a ninja obstacle training course, and determining the best equipment for your members, you’ll need to decide how to place the equipment. Temporary obstacles allow you to continually switch up your course, keeping the challenge fresh for your members. There are several key concepts to consider each time you rebuild your course. Allow enough space before and after obstacles that require your student to leap onto or over them. You can also switch up the skills required. For example, follow an obstacle that requires balance with one that showcases jumping skills. Decide if you want the course to be circular, allowing students to interact with the obstacles without stopping, or if you want it to be linear, requiring students to wait their turn. This will also help you in laying out your ninja training course.
Ninja obstacle courses provide an exciting way to mix up skill training and cardio fitness at your martial arts facility. Knowing how to build the perfect ninja training course will allow you and your members to achieve the maximum benefit of this exciting new addition to training.