Ninja Nation to open first facility in Lafayette

LAFAYETTE — Ninja Nation, an obstacle course fitness facility operated by American Ninja Warrior veterans, will open in Lafayette Saturday, June 30.

The Lafayette location is the first and flagship facility planned in Colorado.

Wayne Cavanaugh is the founder of the company that is designed to bring the arena experience to life and make the sport of obstacle racing accessible to all regardless of age or skill. American Ninja Warrior veterans, Geoff Britten, Jamie Rahn, Brian Arnold, Ryan Stratis and Karsten Williams, are  members of the Ninja Nation team and have helped guide the creation of the facility and will help with coaching.

“We have all worked with kids and athletes who have been transformed by this sport — seeing people gain confidence and determination is incredibly powerful,” said Britten, creative director for Ninja Nation. “Joining the Ninja Nation team gives us the chance to introduce the sport to even more people in a safe and encouraging environment. There’s nothing else like it, and we know you’ll be blown away by the experience we’ve created.”

Each obstacle on the course has been designed to encourage progression of skill, making it possible for beginners and elite athletes to tackle the same course at different levels of difficulty, the company said in a prepared statement. The obstacles will change over time in order to remain fresh and dynamic.

The facility will employ technology, with audio, video and lighting to create what the company calls a “sportainment” experience.

“Every detail at Ninja Nation has been designed to create a fun and empowering environment where you feel like a super hero in your own video game,” Britten said. “You even get to choose your own hero name. And in addition to the killer obstacles, we’ve developed programs where you earn points for achieving new skills and level up as you progress.”

Ninja Nation will offer monthly memberships, organized classes, open gym, events, competitions, birthday parties and a mobile unit for obstacle courses anywhere.

A second Colorado location is planned in Englewood near Centennial Airport in August and then Frisco, Texas, late this summer.

The company is currently recruiting staff members for the planned locations.