The Grit Ninja is a relatively new ninja gym, but they’ve wasted no time getting up plenty of challenging obstacles in a good sized space. The all star staff boasts professionals as well as a number of familiar faces from American Ninja Warrior. Here’s everything you need to know about The Grit Ninja!
The Grit Ninja Location
The Grit Ninja is located at 404 Irvington St Suite 202, Pleasantville, NY 10570. Finding the building isn’t difficult, but if you aren’t paying attention to the buildings, your GPS might take you a little too far. Or at least mine did. I had to circle back around before I realized I drove right by the gym.
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This is one of a handful of gyms I’ve been to that has a full 18 foot wall, perfect for those ninjas who are planning on not only passing qualifiers, but also conquer the mega wall. The wingnuts were set 10 feet apart; just far enough to make me work for it. And the coolest new obstacle there was the Ring of Fire- a circular never ending pegboard built by legendary obstacle designer Luis Moco. Luis has a knack for creating and replicating obstacles with solid, safe to play on construction.
Here’s a list of all of the obstacles that were on, or that I saw while I was there:
- Balance Beams
- Warped Walls (10,12,14.5, and 18 feet)
- Ring Swing
- Ring of Fire (Infinite Pegboard)
- Salmon Ladder
- Rock Wall
- Various Hanging Holds
- Spider Climb
- Cliff Hangers
- Vertical Limit
- Lache Bars and Rig
- Trampoline Jump
- Ring Toss
- Shrinking Steps
- Balance Barrels
- Devil Steps
- Cargo Net
The Gritty Community
Perhaps one of the most compelling reasons to visit The Grit Ninja is the chance to train with many high level athletes. Most all ninja gyms have at least a few highly competitive and successful ninjas. But on the night I went I trained with James McGrath, Allyssa Beird, Joe Moravsky, and Yancey Quezada (not to mention all the strong non-tv ninjas).
Granted, I went on their pro night, but with James, Yancey, and Henry Ferrarin as full time staff, I’m sure all of their regulars are getting the best coaching possible.
Grit hosts open gyms that are fit for all ages on Friday afternoons as well as Saturday mornings. If avoiding kids is more your style, open gyms specific to teens and adults are available Wednesdays at 7PM.
They also offer Ninja Boot Camp sessions 4 times a week, on Monday and Thursday mornings, so no excuses that you aren’t strong enough at open gym!
Additionally, The Grit Ninja often posts about “Pro Night” which is held on most Saturday evenings. These are open gym sessions which, as the name suggests, are not meant for people wanting to try ninja for the first time. Pro Nights aren’t listed on the website, but given they often announce them publicly through social media, I thought it would be okay to write about here. Check The Grit Ninja instagram to make sure the gym is open before you make the drive. If you aren’t sure whether or not Pro Nights are right for you, contact one of The Grit Ninja coaches, or check out another open training session first.
Kid classes run Monday through Thursday and are available for ages 4-15, broken into 4 age groups. One semester of classes is 7-10 weeks long, depending on the day of week you choose. Each session lasts 45-50 minutes, and drop ins are not available during these classes. The next semester doesn’t begin until the Fall, but if your kid can’t wait that long, you can always check out the summer camp options!
As mentioned in the adult section, open gyms for all ages are offered on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings. For families in which both parent and children are ninjas, Grit also offers a Family Fitness class which focuses on a full body ninja workout lasting 50 minutes. This workout runs concurrently with Saturday morning open gyms.
If I had to choose one draw back, it’s that The Grit Ninja is sometimes more expensive than the average ninja gym. The all age open gym sessions are $20 each, which doen’t seem bad at all until you realize that each “session” is only 1 hour long. So if you’re looking for a few hours of training, it’s going to cost at least $40. To be fair, the teen/adult open gyms are 2 hours long and only $25, which is much more reasonable. The pro night that I attended was only $10 per hour.
Kids classes are $375 per 10 week session. At an average of $37.50 per class, and only 45 minutes of floor time per class, that’s a fair bit more expensive than other gyms I’ve reviewed.
Phone #: (914) 747-1115
I had a lot of fun training at The Grit Ninja, thanks in large part to the awesome athletes who I was able to train alongside that night. The obstacles, while familiar, had there own unique twists that compelled me to change up basic technique slightly for a lot of obstacle variation that you don’t always find at other gyms. For sure looking forward to training there again when I get the chance.