Australian Ninja Warrior, the TV show that swept the nation and created household names from everyday Australians, is back, Sunday, July 8, at 7.00pm on Nine.

With a swag of returning heroes and a fresh set of eager new competitors, Australian Ninja Warrior promises to be bigger, stronger and more exciting than ever as our Ninjas tackle the world’s toughest obstacle course and the almighty colossus that stands between them and ultimate victory: Mount Midoriyama.

Rebecca Maddern, Ben Fordham and Freddie Flintoff are there to take us through every heart-pounding moment as our Ninjas get their shot at glory on Ninja Island.

Nine’s Head of Content Production and Development, Adrian Swift, said: “This year we have last year’s best, fresh from 12 months of hard training and taking on a whole new crop desperate to get to Mt Midoriyama.

“This program is a national phenomenon. Hundreds of Australians have spent a year training for this moment and millions of viewers will be watching to see who could become this country’s first ever Ninja Warrior. Who will it be?”

Which Australian Ninja Warrior will create history in Season 2?

 Watch this space.

AUSTRALIAN NINJA WARRIOR: PREMIERES SUNDAY, JULY 8, AT 7.00PM ON NINE

HOW AUSTRALIAN NINJA WARRIOR WORKS

6 HEATS

300 Ninjas face the heats.

20 furthest and fastest from each heat make it to a semi-final (120 Ninjas make it through to semis).

4 SEMI-FINALS

8 furthest and fastest from each semi-final make it to the grand final (32 Ninjas make it to the grand final).

GRAND FINAL

This year, the Grand Final course is bigger – there is an extra stage the Ninjas must complete to earn the right to face Mt Midoriyama.

GRAND FINAL STAGE 1

Only those who complete Stage 1 in less than 3:30 make it to Stage 2.

GRAND FINAL STAGE 2

Only those who complete the course in less than 2:45 make it to Stage 3.

GRAND FINAL STAGE 3

The clock stops and they have an unlimited amount of time to complete the

final five obstacles, before they can go onto Mt Midoriyama.

GRAND FINAL STAGE 4

Mt Midoriyama. The Ninjas who make it this far are faced with the 22-metre rope climb and a 30-second countdown. Reach the top before the clock strikes zero to claim the title and the jackpot prize of $200,000

THE TRYOUTS

  • From the thousands that applied online, only the very best made it through to our national tryouts.
  • The fitness testing was raised to match the course for Season 2 – our Ninjas are tougher and fitter, and the testing pushed them accordingly.
  • Competitors are put through an interview and a physical test – not knowing what the physical element involves.
  • The physical testing process assesses various strengths and abilities that are crucial to successfully tackling the Ninja Warrior Course: grip strength and endurance, core body strength, agility, stamina, and explosive speed.
  • Competitors get the opportunity to showcase their own unique skills by being given 2 minutes to “freestyle” in the plank, burpee and dead-hang.

The physical test consists of:

3-minute plank / 2-minute freestyle plank

3-burpee pull-up / 2-minute freestyle burpee

3-minute dead-hang / 2-minute freestyle

Agility testing – circle hops, ladder shuffles, sprints

After 20 minutes even the fittest Ninjas are begging for mercy.

THE RULES

  • Australian Ninja Warrior features the toughest obstacle course in the world. To gain the right to take on and defeat Mt Midoriyama requires a perfect run in all stages in the Grand Final. It took 7 seasons in the USA, remains unconquered in the UK, the challenge is on for the second season here in Australia.
  • There may still be no winner this year – the only way to win is to reach the top of Mt Midoriyama.
  • Competitors take it seriously – this is not ‘Wipeout’ or ‘Cannonball’.
  • All of the athletes receive a course briefing by course architects and global specialists ATS and Endemol Shine Australia course consultants before they run.
  • They are given a demonstration of how the obstacles work, some options of how they might approach the obstacle and what the rules are in respect of each; how they might succeed, fail and be disqualified.
  • This one session is for the entire group running that evening. On completion of the briefing
  • of each obstacle, a raised hand is requested to show that all have understood the rules.
  • While the show is recording, we have a dedicated video referee who is intimately involved in the course setting, course testing and rule setting. He is also on set for the above course briefing.
  • He has up to 38 cameras available to reference if necessary to ensure the run and potential disqualification. The Executive Producers are notified and ultimately call the disqualification.
  • There is no dress rehearsal; the first time they try the course is when they step up to the plate.
  • It’s not gender biased; the course is exactly the same for men and women.
  • The competitor’s run of the course is over if they touch the water – whether it’s their skin or clothing.
  • When someone falls, it’s a fail. Ninjas see failure as a stepping stone to success.

NINJAS EPISODE 1:

RETURNING FROM SEASON 1:

Adam Brown, 45 (NSW)

Adam Chatfield, 32 (WA)

Ben Polson, 25 (WA)

Daniel Weston, 20 (QLD)

David Ravi, 29 (WA)

Espen Hjalmby, 29 (QLD)

Fred Dorrington, 28 (QLD)

Laura Edwards, 28 (NSW)

Lisa Parkes, 43 (NSW)

Mark Ravi, 26 (WA)

Olivia Vivian, 28 (WA)

Ryan Solomon, 29 (QLD)

NEW NINJAS:

Adam Matusz, 37 (NSW)

Agustin Rodriguez, 27 (NSW)

Amie Jenkinson, 34 (QLD)

Armstrong Lazenby, 21 (VIC)

Ashton Miller, 24 (VIC)

Bryson Klein, 20 (NSW)

Daniel Walker, 27 (NSW)

Ian Newland, aka “Pa Rambo”, 64 (QLD)

Lucy Rozsa, 31 (VIC)

Mel Polkinghorne, 26 (QLD)

Michelle Weston, 45 (QLD)

Pete Cornish, 34 (VIC)

Steve Choate, 34 (WA)

Tommy Browne, 34 (NSW)

 

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