American Ninja Experience Phoenix

For those of you who were following along this past weekend know that I competed in a local Ninja Skills Competition at AZ on the Rocks.  I had a great finish placing 2nd in the Women’s Amateur Class and 3rd in the Men’s and Women’s Masters class.  Due to these placings, I qualified in both classes for the UNAA Regionals.  The biggest news, due to the results of the weekend, is that I am now an Invited Athlete to the American Ninja Experience Competition at Phoenix Stadium on Friday February 9th.  Be sure and check out all info on the weekend at

I had originally signed up for the ANW Experience several months ago.  Since I am now an Invited Athlete, they refunded my registration fee and I will be able to hang with the Pro’s from the hit show.  Instead of running the course on Saturday, I will now be running Friday evening.  I am still waiting to get details of my race time and once I do I will send it out.  I know several of my family, friends and clients would like to come out and watch.   I’m not sure if that comforts me or makes me more nervous:).

I am excited and naturally nervous about running the course.  I have never been on the BIG stage before doing obstacles, I am used to walking in high heels in a tiny bikini:). This is certainly a different animal, but it is so nice to see all of my hard work training for the course starting pay off.  This is not filming for the TV show, but a weekend full of fun.  If you or your children want to give it a shot, you can sign up to try out the obstacles yourself.  Not to mention you will get to meet some of your favorite ninjas in person.  If all goes well, I might even get to run the course on Sunday in the Team Relay fund raiser.

I have been training for the past 3 years and I am curious to see how I will respond to the pressure and the challenges the course will bring me.  I am certainly feeling more confident, but still have a long ways to go with my training and skill development.  One of the reasons I decided to train for Ninja is because I needed a new challenge and a new goal.  I also wanted to show my clients that I am learning and doing something completely outside of my comfort level.  It’s ok to fail as long as you dust yourself off and get back to it.  I surprised myself this past weekend at the local competition and I am excited to see how I will do on the BIG course.  My goal is to get past the first obstacle and the rest will be a bonus.  Baby steps!  Who knows?  I might be getting a call soon from NBC telling me I earned a tryout spot for the show American Ninja Warrior.  If I do, I certainly want to be prepared for that chance of a lifetime opportunity.

You can check out my Amateur Open run and my Masters run from the competition this past weekend on my Facebook page…….


If you would like to train outside of your comfort zone, contact me today for a FREE consultation.  No matter how crazy your goals seem, you can get there!  You just have to do your homework to prepare.   Let my journey be proof that it can be done!  Thank you all so much for all of your support throughout my career as an athlete and personal trainer.  Please continue to follow along by signing up for my weekly blog posts and by following me on social media.

Karen Mullarkey

“No Mullarkey” Persoanl Training



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