For three and a half years, Goodyear Recreation Superintendent Michael Beadle has been training for a potential new role: American Ninja Warrior. It all started with a simple question: “Can you do that?”
That question was asked by Beadle’s young children, who, like him, are longtime fans of the show. He responded, “Yeah, of course I can!” Following that proclamation, Beadle visited a local park, climbed on the monkey bars and realized that he, in fact, could not. However, the seed was planted, and he began training the next day.
“I just fell in love with the sport,” Beadle said. “I love the dynamic nature of it. I just continued to train until I got my opportunity this year.”
Since then, he’s competed in about 100 events with various organizations like Ultimate Ninja Athlete Association and the National Ninja League.
“I compete as a pro on those circuits. I’ve competed locally, regionally and at the national finals at that level. (‘American Ninja Warrior’) is one component of ninja, it’s one piece of what we do as a sport.”
With the chance to compete on “American Ninja Warrior,” Beadle has ramped up his training to training six days a week, while attempting to conquer a different type of obstacle: balancing a full-time job, social life and family life.
“There’s only a certain number of hours in the day. Usually, those priorities are work and family. Then, I typically train either really early in the morning or really late at night. You may see me jogging around the neighborhood and 10 to 11 o’clock at night, because that’s the time I have to train. I’ve also built a ninja gym in the front room of my house. My entire front room of my house is actually different holds, grips and different ninja warrior obstacles. Because, most of the time, I’m training, after hours, when gyms are closed. I definitely had to get creative trying to balance all of those things in my life and get training done, but I think I’m making it work.”
On his journey, Beadle not only became a better ninja but also gained valuable skills that he has applied to the other aspects of his life.
“Dedication and perseverance are the two big takeaways that really translate over between ninja and my personal life and my family life. … I’ve applied to get on (American Ninja Warrior) for three years, and I didn’t get a call back for three years. So, being able to stay motivated, stay dedicated and keep chasing my dreams basically — it’s been a big dream of mine to be on the show.
“A lot of people apply a year a two, and if they get declined, it’s like we see them fade away. I’ve continued to press on and continued to hope and chase that dream of getting my shot on the show. This year was the year. I got my chance to go on the show. To me, it proves in all areas of life that if you want something, go chase it. You may get denied the first time or the second time or the third time, but if you stay at it, you’re going to be successful.”