The Auer family of Holly Springs received recognition from the town council this week for their win on NBC’s Fit Families American Ninja Warrior. They competed against nine other families across the United States and took home the top prize of $20,000.
Brothers Caleb and Josh Auer grew up in Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs, while Hannah, Caleb’s wife, grew up in Lillington. Participating in sports and being active has always been a huge part of their life. Caleb remembers playing soccer at Womble Park and shooting hoops at the W.E. Hunt Center. He says that the offerings provided by Holly Springs Parks and Recreation were a great introduction to establishing healthy and active lifestyle habits. Nowadays, you’ll find Caleb and Hannah continuing to utilize town recreation facilities and they enjoy playing pickleball at Ting Park.
So how did they discover the sport of Ninja? It all started a little over five years ago when Caleb and Josh visited Warrior Tech OCR in Morrisville and began training and competing more seriously. This discovery launched the Auer’s to grow into a ‘Ninja Warrior’ family. They turned their dream into a reality by opening not just one, but two top notch ninja warrior obstacle course racing gyms in Fuquay-Varina and South Apex. They offer day camps, classes, open gym, birthday parties and so much more for all ages and skill levels. Learn more about Rock Solid Warrior on their website.
The sport of Ninja is the fastest growing sport in the country. “The biggest draw to Ninja – it’s never boring,” said Caleb. “There is always a new way of completing an obstacle and learning different techniques to master a move and to keep competitors on their toes even more, new obstacles are always being introduced to the sport.”
When it comes to learning a new sport and getting active, the Auer family had some great insight. “Just start, because that’s the hardest part” Hannah shared, “Ninja isn’t for everyone, but you can start where is best for you.” Caleb also shared that consistency is huge. “Get daily exercise and do something you enjoy that is active and that makes you happy.”
While the Auer’s make completing Ninja Warrior obstacles look easy, they shared some of the most challenging obstacles that even experienced Ninjas find difficult – the 18 foot warped wall and vertical limit. “The Ninja community is encouraging. Everyone wants everyone to do well,” shared Caleb, “During a competition, it’s you versus the course. When people fail, fellow competitors cheer each other on and help each other up.”
There are some great life lessons that you learn through training and competing as a Ninja. The Auer’s shared they have learned it is important to get back up and try again as well as keep practicing and if you can’t do it, it just means you can’t do it yet! One’s mentality is also a huge part in Ninja success. Realizing that it is okay to fail but being willing to keep working hard and not give up is key.
What is next for the Auer family? They’re continuing to follow their passion of teaching and encouraging our community to get moving and try something new, specifically through the sport of Ninja! Caleb and Hannah are currently building a house in Holly Springs and look forward to growing their family.