Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Obstacle Lab: Time Machine

For the season finale of Obstacle Lab, I present to you an original obstacle idea that I designed while in high school. Inspired by skateboarding I built an obstacle that requires you to spin a balance beam while standing on it. It's tough but the obstacle is a good test of lower body strength.

Maybe one day the Time Machine will appear in locations outside of my backyard. You never know!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Obstacle Lab: Why Landing Platform Height Matters

One thing I noticed when watching Ninja Warrior obstacle courses is how important the height of the landing platform is. The lower to the ground the platform is, the easier it is to finish the obstacle. In this episode of Obstacle Lab I'll be demonstrating this concept to show why course designers should make sure to raise their landing platforms.

Also, to just to make things a little tougher, I decided to see what would happen if you replace the landing platform with a hurdle. It doesn't make things easier.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Obstacle Lab: Basement Beam

Today on Obstacle Lab I demonstrate an old obstacle concept of mine called the Basement Beam. The concept is simple: can you travel across a balance beam that has limited head space? It might be harder than it sounds.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Obstacle Lab: Length Matters


Sometimes I come up with silly physical challenges. This is one of them. Using physics, I explain why it's difficult to hold a pole on only one end while actually doing the challenge at the same. This is one challenge you can do at home. Give it a shot!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Obstacle Lab: Balance Tank Training!

The Balance Tank is a classic Ninja Warrior/Sasuke obstacle that's existed since 2002. Even though neither Sasuke or American Ninja Warrior uses the obstacle anymore, it's still commonly seen in ninja gyms around the world. Many of these gyms use big spools used for electrical cabling.

It just so happens that I work for an electrical company. And they were literally giving these spools away! How could I say no to a deal like that?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Obstacle Lab: I Rebuilt My Destroyed Obstacle! (Heavenly Traverse)

One year ago, I destroyed the original version of my custom built Heavenly Traverse in a video because I made it out of wood and it broke. Now, the Heavenly Traverse has upgraded to metal and should not break under my own weight!

...I hope.

Anyway, for the inaugural episode of Obstacle Lab, join me as I test myself to see how many laps I can do on the Heavenly Traverse before I tire out. Hopefully I can beat my personal record!

Friday, September 14, 2018

American Ninja Warrior 10 Review: Las Vegas Stage 2, Stage 3, and Final Stage

It's the grand finale of American Ninja Warrior Season 10! Stage 2 features some brand new obstacle and a brand new time limit.

What. Could. Possibly. Go. WRONG???

Also, Stage 3 happened.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

American Ninja Warrior 10 Review: Las Vegas Stage 1, Part 2

It's the second half of Stage 1! The top competitors impress on the course and some new faces reach Stage 2 for the first time. William takes a closer look at why so many people failed the Double Dipper as well as how ANW should consider restructuring their safety precautions. He also takes a look at the course as a whole and goes over what changes he would make for next year.

Also, scorpions are consumed, records are broken and HOLY CRAP IS THAT NICHOLAS COOLRIDGE?!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

American Ninja Warrior 10 Review: Las Vegas Stage 1, Part 1

The National Finals have begun! The Midoriyama course has ascended in Las Vegas where 97 ninjas will attempt to take down its four stage course. For Stage 1, the course has some interesting new obstacles and some obstacles that need to go away. Join William as he breaks down the course as well as all the exciting clears and shocking failures!

Also, Jamie Rahn loses a shoe, multiple injuries are witnessed and the importance of knowing how much time is left on the clock!

Monday, August 27, 2018

American Ninja Warrior 10 Review: Minneapolis Finals

Nerfs. Nerfs everywhere. It's the final regional episode before the national finals. Who reaches the promised land? Join William as he breaks down the episode.

Also, some early exits, some weird edits, and Jon Alexis Jr stand above all both figuratively and literally!