If you’re like me, you’ve found yourself channel surfing and happened to come across real-life ninjas flying through the air in a race against time to complete a bizarre obstacle course, and thought WOW that looks fun! You know what TV show I’m talking about … American Ninja Warrior!

As the show has gained increasing popularity since its immersion on American television in 2009, “Ninja” style gyms have been sprouting up all across the United States. Atomic Training Performane is one of those facilities located right here in Fort Lauderdale.

Atomic Training and Performance is located on State Road 7 in Fort Lauderdale. Their unique training facility offers a systematic approach to circuit training with classes that include strength and conditioning, obstacle course race (OCR) training, first responder fitness, and of course, ninja warrior training.

Upon first walking into the gym, you look directly at the famed 14-foot warped wall. As you survey your surroundings, you see other obstacles such as the salmon ladder, the devil steps, and wing nuts.

Atomic Training Performance

My first experience trying these obstacles was in a group class that began with a dynamic warm-up to help with mobility and activate the muscles we were going to use. The coach then explained and demonstrated several different obstacles that mimic ones seen on TV. The fun begins as you attempt to balance, run, jump, climb, and fly!

Insulated mats are strategically placed under every obstacle, offering peace of mind and a safe place to land when you fall. Encouragement and coaching cues bellow out over the inspiring fitness-themed music as you experiment and push your body to move as you did as a child.

Remember how fun the monkey bars were as a kid? That’s what this is like – adult recess. While this may be a little more challenging than just doing the monkey bars, with the challenge comes exhilaration and a sense of accomplishment. Class is finished with a proper cooldown to enhance recovery and high-fives all around.

After taking a class at Atomic Training and Performance, it’s easy to see why this style of training is becoming more and more popular across America. From youth classes to beginners, to the elite ninja, ATP has a little something for everyone!

For more information, check out Atomic Training and Performance on Instagram @atp_obstaclegym or online at http://www.atpobstaclegym.com.