Editor's note: This article has been updated to correct the URL of ninjanation.com.

Ninja Nation, 1700 Coal Creek Drive, Lafayette, 720-603-9155, ninjanation.com

Instructor: Jamie Rahn competed on seven seasons of NBC's "American Ninja Warrior." He's been teaching parkour and Ninja Warrior for seven years.

"My favorite thing about teaching is that I'm able to show someone that they're capable of more than they think they are," said Rahn.

What is the workout? Ninja Warrior! Learn to tackle obstacles and challenges, taken straight from the popular network television show.

Instructor Jamie Rahn, who competed on seven seasons of NBC’s "American Ninja Warrior," demonstrates the improper way to run up the Warped
Instructor Jamie Rahn, who competed on seven seasons of NBC's "American Ninja Warrior," demonstrates the improper way to run up the Warped Wall July 5. (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)

"Ninja Nation wants to get people fit and create a million heroes in terms of people who are actively trying to better themselves through physical fitness," said Rahn.

Classes, which change every week, focus on different skills and switch up the obstacles. The classes help participants work on how to fall and hang, increase agility, climb, parkour, jumps and everything in between.

The introductory class focuses on safety and the basics of the Ninja Nation gym. We got a taste of running up the iconic Warped Wall and falling onto a blow-up mat. Some floor work and jumps were thrown in to give a good overall sampler of the "Ninja Warrior" experience. Rahn demonstrated the obstacles while giving tips — and then added additional challenges.


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"We want to give everyone ... the availability to train at whatever level they're at and to provide them with the 'Ninja Warrior' obstacles and coaches," said Rahn.

What's different? In many ways it's similar to parkour. Students are navigating obstacles with a toolkit of skills and practice. The obstacle course mirrors the show's course and the curriculum is developed by "Ninja Warrior" participants.

The classes are also steeped in competition as students can progress to higher levels by earning points tackling new obstacles.

"We try to make it more enticing for kids to be able to track progress and points and earn some value for the obstacles they completed," said Rahn.

Lafayette was the debut for the first gym from "American Ninja Warrior," and it was surprisingly organized and very well-branded.

Cost: The intro class is free. Drop-in rates are $30 for a class and $25 for open gym. Monthly membership comes with a $10 fee that allows you to purchase class packs that start at $99 for a four-pack.

Level: No previous experience is necessary, though someone with physical limitations may not be able to do all of the obstacles.

"We try and make it approachable to anyone," said Rahn. "For every obstacle, I've given 22 different progressions for the staff to use."

For the more advanced, the gym provides difficult challenges to keep visitors engaged and to help build their skills.

When: The introductory class only needs to be taken once. It's held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. Regular adult classes are at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

What to prepare: Workout clothes and athletic shoes. Bring water. Long hair needs to be tied back.

Muscles worked: This is a full-body workout. The intro class wasn't too rigorous, but even the couple of exercises we did were challenging. I felt it in my quads and forearms.

What I loved: It's a really fun way to workout. Focusing on surmounting a challenge is more engaging than working out on your own. The points system is a great idea in keeping kids engaged.

What I didn't like: Since it's brand new, they're still working out some of the logistics of the points system, which could cause some hiccups along the way.

How I felt after the class: I was energized and limber. I managed to get up the first Warped Wall and I felt like a boss.

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