Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Rock's "Titan Games" Is Kinda Disappointing (First Impressions)

At the beginning of the month Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson debuted his new physical competition show called "The Titan Games". Personally, I was very hyped for the show's premiere, but after watching the first four heats, I found myself disappointed with the product. There's certainly plenty to like about the show, but it doesn't seem to be gelling together. Join me as I explain my complicated feelings on the show so far.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Sasuke 36 Was Pretty Good! (Review)

Sasuke 36 closed out 2018 with a bang! Paired with a boxing match, the tournament held the Final Stage live right before the year came to an end! Between a fast paced First Stage and a daunting Third Stage, Sasuke 36 contained many memorial and exciting moments. It's a shame the Second Stage still needs work.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Let's Play American Ninja Warrior: Ninja Vs Ninja

Did you know that there's a browser video game based on American Ninja Warrior: Ninja Vs Ninja? Well now you know! Join William as he discusses the game while trying to get the fastest finish possible.

Also, he briefly discusses the potential reasons why the show failed to capture an audience this year.

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.