To cleanse the palate, watching this makes me feel like half a man. Not because I’m a candy-ass beta male who couldn’t complete the course, although I am and I couldn’t. It’s because I’d never heard of “American Ninja Warrior” until today. I’ve spent years boring myself with “The Walking Dead” when I could have been bro-ing out, watching people running up walls?
How did this blind spot happen? Why wasn’t I aggressively marketed to?
The clip is postworthy because Catanzaro’s the first woman to complete this course and qualify for the show’s final “Mt. Midoriyama” challenge in Vegas. Her agility isn’t surprising — she’s a trained gymnast — but some of the upper-body endurance tasks are grueling. Stick with it.