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#MichaelStanger Qualifies for 'American Ninja Warrior'
By: Cindy Wendland
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Reality TV continues to thrill TV audiences. There are so many choices to watch like The Voice, America’s Got Talent, and Dance Moms. The latest one to grab our attention is American Ninja Warrior.

If you haven’t watched it, it is an intense obstacle course competition. It requires upper body and grip strength, balance, and endurance. The contestants compete for a $1M prize. The interesting part is that in six seasons, no competitor has ever made it to the end and won the prize. It is based on the show Sasuke from Japan, which in its 31 seasons has had only three winners.

Why do people compete? There are many reasons and each one is personal. One of the competitors from a recent show, Michael Stanger, is competing for his dying wife. When he learned she was sick, he was overweight and out of shape. His drive and determination coupled with lots of workouts allowed him to pass the qualifying round in St. Louis. His story showed watchers that anyone can do it. It was inspiring.

The show has a lot of interesting facets to it. It features incredible athletes, and the viewing public admires athleticism. It is a competition with advancements. It features real people with great human interest stories. In this world where it is difficult to find positive news, American Ninja Warrior inspires and entertains. Interest and enthusiasm has increased tenfold over previous years. That is good programming and good marketing.

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About the Author
Cindy Wendland has a background in marketing and finance. She is the creative director for an online men's health magazine, BrainBrawnBody.com, and she gets to write their leisure/travel blog. She is also a web designer helping her clients with online community engagement, websitesbywendland.com. Prior to her web years, she worked in pharmacy consulting.
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