Fitness is usually on the minds of many people, especially after the New Year. But for Jonathan Ruiz, it's all day, every day until he reaches his goal of becoming American Ninja Warrior.
"There is a point where you say, ‘this is crazy; this is bananas.’ But I like crazy; I like bananas," Ruiz said about the competition and its degree of difficulty.
Ruiz has been on the show twice and is going for his third stint, hoping to land the million dollar prize.
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"Competing on the show just gives you a fill of adrenaline. You have a huge audience; the lights are on you; you don’t want to fall in the water,” he said. “You get that energy and you just go!"
Actual training for the show has been ongoing for the past few years, though for Ruiz, it really seems like he's been preparing his whole life.
Ever since he was a kid, he says, he’s seen his surroundings a little differently than others.
“I’m always using my fingertips, climbing on houses and trees. Anything I can get my hands on,” he said. “As a kid, I would take it to the next level. I would always want to go the highest…the dangerous stuff has always intrigued me.”
Going from obstacle to obstacle has taught him that it's not how many steps you take; it’s to make every step count.
"You just have to make every step count. There is going to be things that you won't be able to do. There is going to be obstacles that you're not going to be able to do unless you keep training- which rolls over into life,” he explained. “Find something you can't do; you just gotta keep at it. Be persistent, and eventually you're gonna pass that obstacle."