American Ninja competitors open The Warrior Factory

The Warrior Factory, Rochester (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. - A local man who competed on the hit show American Ninja Warrior is now bringing his experience to Rochester.

He's opening up "The Warrior Factory." This is not your typical gym.

“It's us against the obstacles themselves,” Danny Joe, a former American Ninja Warrior participant, explained as he took on some obstacle courses.

Carl Fantauzzo, an American Ninja Warrior competitor, and Bernard Birnbaum, designed The Warrior Factory to bring the gladiator-like show to town.

“We're in this world of superheroes,” Birnbaum said. “Everything we see on TV is superheroes, and coming in here and trying this, it's a way for people to kinda be a superhero. You can see Spiderman climbing up the wall, and then you can climb up the wall.”

The space is 7,000 square feet packed with obstacles, just like the show.

They say training here is all about focus.

“It's the commitment, the mental fear you have to overcome with a lot of these obstacles, as you pass the obstacle,” Fantauzzo said. “That's what the show teaches you, and that's what we're gonna teach you.”

They've got different workouts for everyone.

Don't worry; for those of us who are "ninjas-in-training," the crew is there to spot us.

For the pros who hope to be on the show one day, like Fantauzzo, this could be your training room.

“Anybody who wants to come in and have fun, and try a new way to get fit,” Birnbaum added, “You feel like a superhero. It's the best feeling in the world.

The Warrior Factory opens this Sunday, and they train anyone ages four and up, at all fitness levels. You can find more information here.

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