Do you have an American Ninja Warrior fan in the house? New Jersey boasts an array of spots that can fulfill his/her desire to tackle obstacle courses like those seen on the popular television show. These locales feature tests of strength and endurance, climbing, tumbling and more. It’s a perfect way to burn off some steam and keep kids active, too. Here are some of the best places in the Garden State to explore with your little ninja.
Where: 200 Daniels Way, Suite 120, Freehold
Details: This indoor trampoline park boasts a ninja-inspired obstacle course. The ninja course here takes trainees on a race through a maze of walls and trampolines. The Main Court features thousands of square feet of side-by-side trampolines; the section’s selections range from vertical trampolines, basketball courts, a dodgeball area and individual trampolines. Sessions can be viewed on the delayed recording cameras and giant flat-screen monitors. From 10:00 am to Noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays ($10 per child, one parent jumps free), toddlers 46 inches and under get the facility to themselves. Every Friday and Saturday from 9:00 pm to close, they offer two hours of music and jumping for $15, or 3 hours for $20.
More info: Visit http://getairfreehold.com/ninjacourse or call 732-228-8435.
Where: 266 Union Street, Northvale
Details: This 20,000-square-foot facility aims to build kids’ strength and courage while developing lifelong friendships. They have obstacles both high off the ground or right at your feet. The Action Adventure Room boasts a ninja warrior course, double salmon ladder, warped wall, 32-foot stunt jump, pole walk, climbing cube and more. Ninja classes work on strength and endurance in a fun setting. Classes aim to make exercise interactive while constantly changing. They also offer ninja camps, birthday parties and teams.
More info: Visit http://www.highexposureclimbing.com/ or call 201-768-8600.
Where: 710 Park Avenue, Hainesport
Details: All classes here are broken up by age and skill level; there are two classes offered for five-to-eight year old ninjas looking to train, and two classes for nine-to-13 year olds. The ninja class is geared for casual training, while the ninja team class (tryouts required) is designed for stronger ninjas. The teen ninja class for 13-to-17 year olds prepares kids for competition in the National Ninja League. It’s heavily based on conditioning and skill development. Non-students can go to open gym, but Movement Lab recommends learning about their facility in a class first. Check the website for the right open gym time for your child.
More info: Visit http://www.mlabnj.com/ or call 609-265-1909.
Pinnacle Parkour Academy
Where: 1205 Warren Avenue, Cherry Hill; 45 Everett Drive
Princeton Junction; 505 Rt. 168 Unit A, Turnersville
Details: Between all members of the academy’s staff, Pinnacle Parkour Academy has been represented on American Ninja Warrior more than 17 times. So, they know a thing or two about obstacle course racing. This academy aims to inspire people through movement. Explore the warped walls, rings, monkey bars, ropes, huge foam pit and more.
More info: Visit http://pinnacleparkour.com/ or call 855-PRO-PARKOUR (see website for numbers of various locations).
The Edge Sports Center
Where: 19 Royal Road, Flemington
Details: A double salmon ladder, warped wall, ropes, rings, unstable bridge, floating bridge, cannonball alley and other obstacles can all be found at The Edge. The gym is structured by age group from Monday through Thursday (see the website for the schedule); but on Fridays, all ages can attend during the open gym from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. It’s recommended that first timers take a session with their age group in order to learn how to tackle the center’s obstacles. The Edge also offers a 10-visit punch card that can be used any day, Monday through Friday, for ninja warrior classes only.
More info: Visit theedgesportscenter.net or call 908-432-0783.
Base Camp Adventure Fitness
Where: 1591 HWY 37 West, Toms River
Details: Even your preschooler won’t be left out of the action here; classes for 2.5-to-5 year olds offer an introduction to ninja warrior obstacles. During this parent-and-me class, parents can help kids through the course with assistance from an instructor. Base Camp Adventure Fitness offers age-based membership options. Members can take classes and have open gym access (open gym happens from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.)
More info: Visit http://www.basecampnj.com/or call 848-226-6554.
All Heart Academy
Where: 2 Nami Lane, Hamilton
Details: All Heart Academy’s motto is “Exercises in Disguise.” They aim to make fitness fun. This includes many obstacles based off American Ninja Warrior. Ninjas can test their skills on the warped wall, salmon ladder, monster wheel and 30-foot long elevated monkey bar set. They even have a motorized rock wall. All ages are encouraged to develop skills related to more than just obstacles, though. That’s why All Heart Academy also teaches skills for rock climbing, gymnastics, parkour, speed, agility and balance.
More info: Visit http://www.allheartacademy.com/ or call 609-577-7609.
Where: 1 Easy Street, Bound Brook
Details: This 11,000-square-foot spot focuses on fitness through movement and play. They have tons of replicas of obstacles from the American Ninja Warrior show. Obstacles are scattered throughout the gym, and many can be adjusted to different heights, skill sets and ages. Other obstacles are set up during events and competitions to mix things up and test one’s adaptability. Here, ninjas can safely practice a skill or maneuver from various heights, surfaces and angles in their large foam pit. A separate cove even includes a bar for practicing swinging maneuvers.
More info: Visit http://www.vertiquestgym.com/ or call 908-391-3823.
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- All Heart Academy / Facebook
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