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!

American Ninja Warrior 10 Review: Philadelphia Finals

It's raining ninjas! William went to see the Philadelphia Finals live and, oh boy was there a lot of rain! Two women really impress on the course and the Lighting Bolts continue to strike.

Also, William talks about the Captain's Wheel, some shocking fails, and why he stood where he was that night.

Friday, August 24, 2018

American Ninja Warrior 10 Review: Indianapolis Finals

Holy cow! Did you see that? You know, the thing with the guy? It was very surprising. Join William as he discusses the surprising fails and happy successes of the Indianapolis Finals.

American Ninja Warrior 10 Review: Miami Finals

The Cannonball drop brought the heat in the Miami Finals! With great obstacles like the Crazy Clocks and the Stair Hopper, the course was straight fire.

However, William also has a serious discussion on spoilers and the way the show is edited. It's like the show is at odds with itself sometimes.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

American Ninja Warrior 10 Review: Dallas Finals

This episode sucked.

American Ninja Warrior 10 Review: Los Angeles Finals

The city finals round has begun! William talks about the dinosaur less Los Angeles Finals. The course featured a strong new obstacle with the Baton Pass and a super nerfed Doorknob Drop. William discusses the idea of course nerfs and why it's not a bad thing overall.

Also, William talks about why time is so important on the course and why the editing felt rushed at the end. Nick Hansen, Adam Rayl, and Sean Bryan got surprisingly little fanfare considering how good they are.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

American Ninja Warrior 10 Review: Minneapolis Qualifiers

Let's eat some bugs! William discusses the Minneapolis qualifiers American Ninja Warrior season 10 where the most deadly obstacle was a returning obstacle!

Also, some surprising fails, some big returns, and the Battering Ram!

American Ninja Warrior 10 Review: Philadelphia Qualifiers

Philadelphia! Home of Rocky, cheese steaks, and the Liberty Bell! It's also home to Akbar giving a bad first pitch. But enough about that, William was there! Join William as he discusses the Philadelphia Qualifiers while giving some behind the scenes info about the stuff you didn't see.

Also, the women make history, Chris Wilczewski makes a grand return, the Lighting Bolts strike hard, and actual thunderstorms plague the course!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

American Ninja Warrior 10 Review: Indianapolis Qualifiers

Isaac Caldiero is back! After years of not competing for a couple of years, the only man to win a million dollars on American Ninja Warrior has returned to try to do it again! And you can bet your butt that ANW is going to roll out the red carpet for him. William discusses Isaac's return. Did he do well?

Also, William discusses the Spin Hopper, Jesse Labreck, the Wheel Flip, the surprising cutoff for the top 30 and the dangers of the Block Run!

Monday, August 20, 2018

American Ninja Warrior 10 Review: Miami Qualifiers

Welcome to Miami! Here, you'll find a Slippery Summit, some big rings and a Razor's Edge. Join William as he discusses the Miami Qualifiers which includes some surprising clears, some surprising fails, and just a little bit of rain.

American Ninja Warrior 10 Review: Los Angeles Qualifiers

Open the door. Get on the floor. Everybody walk the dinosaur because the Los Angeles Qualifiers was Jurassic World night! Dinosaurs ran amok as ninjas went face to face with the deadliest predator of them all: the Doorknob Drop! What did William think of this prehistoric showdown?

Also, William discusses some really bad puns, the Jumper Cables, Sean Bryan's unassuming airtime, Brian Rambo, and the Armchair Ninja Podcast!

American Ninja Warrior 10 Review: Dallas Qualifiers

The season premiere of American Ninja Warrior 2018 has begun! The Dallas Qualifiers brought us some challenging obstacles in the form of the Tuning Forks and Crank It Up and it showed. William breaks down the new course, including the Mega Warped Wall.

Also, William talks about the new editing for profile pieces, the departure of POM Wonderful, and the early exits of ninjas like Barclay Stockett, Karsten Williams, and Brent Steffensen. Also, this show is still obsessed with Kacy Catanzaro. Guys, she's gone. Let it go.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

American Ninja Warrior 10 Review: Celebrity Ninja Warrior

Red Nose Day 2018 has come and gone which means a new edition of Celebrity Ninja Warrior has occurred. Between a pro wrestler, a dancer, a sing and an American Ninja Warrior host, did anyone impress William during their run?

Friday, June 15, 2018

American Ninja Warrior 9 Review: All Stars

For the final American Ninja Warrior 9 review, William discusses the annual All Star Special. Between Super Salmon Ladders and Wicked Wingnuts, does this special hold up?

American Ninja Warrior 9 Review: USA Vs The World

The USA Vs World specials on American Ninja Warrior have a tendency to not be that great (in my opinion). But does the ANW 9 version have a chance of turning things around?