Obstacle course puts Ellsworth Air Force Base's strength to the test

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American Ninja Warrior competitors made a stop by the Ellsworth Air Force base as part of the Alpha Warrior tour, and our local Air Force men and women were able to put their strength and skill to the test.

Do you watch American Ninja Warrior? Bradley says, 'I do, I have with my dad and everything, so it was a good memory.' Same.

Alpha Warrior is bringing competition to military and Air Force bases all over the country.

Barclay says, 'We're hitting around 40 bases this year. I think this is our 28th, and then it goes into nationals in the fall.'

And their goal --

Barclay says, 'We're really trying to make fitness fun.'

This obstacle course is supposed to be a fun way to get a work out in, but if you've seen the show, you have an idea of how difficult completing it can be...

Bradley says, 'My last event I looked at the guy and was like, 'do I have time to take a break?' I just wanted to be finished.'

...Even for the military


What was the most difficult part? Bradley says, 'The battering ram, going from the rings back to that pole was by far the worst.'
Kevin says, 'The hardest obstacle on the course is the battering ram, so it's two logs, and you've got to transition from one side of a log to the other, transition through some rings, and then finish on another log.'
Barclay says, 'Definitely our battering rams is the obstacle that most people go out on. They're really slick and you need to have a lot of upper body strength to get through them.'

The Alpha Warrior Challenge starts with the globe graspers, and once you can get through these you go to the cliff hangers. But it's not as easy as it looks you guys, this is really hard.

Kevin says, 'The toughest thing about this course though is I think people will look at this sometimes and think, 'oh I've got that, it's not too big, I can do that,' and then they get their hands on it and they wake up quickly.'
'That was a pain, but I did it.'
Bradley says, 'It was a very difficult challenge mentally as well as physically.'

This style of competition started in Japan over 20 years ago, then it spread to America... and now, the military.

Barclay says, 'It's just incredible to see that ripple effect that started from a tv show.'

And it's providing a unique experience not only for our service men and women, but the American Ninja Warriors, and Alpha Warrior pro team as well.

Kevin says, 'Coming into these bases from this side of the fence, as civilians we don't really get to see what goes on in these Air Force bases.'


Kevin says, 'Watching them work, do what they do to keep our country safe is an absolute honor. We are from the bottom of our hearts so grateful that we get to do this. It's amazing.'