After attending the filming of American Ninja Warrior down in Baltimore, I made a stop at Kinetic Ninja Warrior to see what they had to offer! I was pleasantly surprised at the ingenuity and engineering ability of owner and obstacle designer Scott Morrison.
Kinetic Ninja Warrior Location
KNW is located at 2245 Conowingo Rd #200, Bel Air, MD 21015. Being that the northeast regional qualifiers were held in Baltimore for season 11, this was one of the closest gyms for traveling ninjas to get some training in.
If you are thinking about visiting from another state, be aware Maryland really enjoys milking drivers at their tolls. Aside from that, it’s a relatively easy gym to find not too far off the highway.
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The coolest thing about this gym is without a doubt the simplicity of all the homemade yet sturdy and interchangeable obstacles. The gym is large enough to fit every and any obstacle that they decide to build, and still accommodate 10-15 adult ninjas on the floor at a time without feeling too overcrowded.
The largest section of the gym floor is set with a number of balance obstacles, which can be easily moved around and switched out for others. Next to that is a rather large rig constructed primarily from wood. This rig is incredibly well-designed with an insane amount of simple adjustability for various obstacles at various difficulty levels, many of which come with an attachment built in to easily reset between attempts. The entire gym is well matted and as safe as can reasonably be expected from a ninja gym. Here’s a list of the obstacles that were on while I was there (or saw but weren’t set up).
- Tilting Beams
- Shrinking Steps
- Peg Balance
- Spinning Pipe(s)
- Bouncing Bridge
- Twist and Fly (minus the twist)
- Cannonballs & other holds
- Deja Vu
- Crank It Up
- Unstable Bridges
- Warped Walls (at 10, 11, 12, 14, and 14.5 feet)
- Cliffhangers (of varying difficulty)
- Vertical Limit
- Salmon Ladder
- Rock Wall
There’s also a section above the tallest wall there for anybody who conquers it to sign! Even though it’s not a particularly difficult wall, stuff like that’s always fun because I can look to see who else has been there.
Unfortunately because I went the morning after the filming of American Ninja Warrior in Baltimore, I don’t know much about the regular crowd that trains at Kinetic. Filming ended around 4 AM, and by 10AM I was the only ninja who thought it would be fun to put off my 6 hour drive home to get some training in.
On the bright side, having the place to myself meant that I was able to play on just about anything I wanted. Scott and his wife were more than accommodating and always nearby ready to offer to switch out obstacles or give advice.
Even though I was training by myself, given the structure of the gym, I have to assume they have plenty of ninjas who train there regularly and compete at a high level. It is worth noting, however, that the next closest ninja gym is Alternate Routes. AR is less than 15 miles away, so KNW doesn’t have quite the monopoly on training equipment that many gyms currently do.
Kinetic Ninja Warrior Schedule
Kinetic offers more open gym training time than any gym I’ve ever been to. There are 2 sessions per day Monday through Wednesday, 1 on Thursday, and 2 more on Friday for a whopping 30 hours of open gym time per week. The one downside is that many of the open gym times run concurrently with kids classes. Note that these open gym times are open to all ages, so if you prefer to train uninterrupted by younger ninjas, the best you can do is avoid kid classes.
Kids classes are held Monday through Thursday and are broken into 3 age groups (3-5, 6-10, and 11-18). Family open gyms are also offered on Mondays and Fridays so that families can train together at a discounted price. Private lessons and birthday parties are also available.
Drop in open gyms are $20 per session. That’s pretty average for a ninja gym, but given how many hours of open gym time they have in any given week, the real steal is in their unlimited visits deal for only $75 per month. Kids can also drop in on classes for $30, or sign up for the entire month of classes for $87!
Phone #: (410) 676-0021
Kinetic Ninja Warrior is a great all around gym. The obstacle construction is incredible and they offer more than enough time to get all of your weekly obstacle training in. If you’re an adult looking for some training time and you don’t have a regular 9-5 weekday job, the 10AM sessions are ideal and you won’t have to worry about kids getting in the way. If your looking to bring your son or daughter, Kinetic offers classes for all ages at various times throughout the week.