"American Ninja Warrior" Joe Moravsky recently wowed a crowd of campers at Coleman Country Day Camp in Freeport.
The 29-year-old Connecticut native and star competitor on the NBC Networks specialty sports program spent three days introducing kids to his chosen career of professional obstacle tackling. He also took time to meet, greet and help the boys and girls try their hand at ninja sports.
"It’s great being here,” Moravsky said, “I mean, you can't interact with people like this through a TV."
Moravsky is well-known for his work on “ANW,” and has twice been the contestant who made it farthest through the program’s series of obstacle courses, which increase in difficulty. He’s nicknamed “The Weatherman,” as he’s also a freelance meteorologist for the News 12 outlet reaching Connecticut.
The ninja brought along a special course that required focus and patience to complete. It involved balancing, dangling, climbing, rolling and jumping — not to mention two walls about 10-12 feet high that had to be scaled by charging at them and then sprinting straight up.
It takes hours of training, Moravsky said, but “you can’t exercise for this every day, it’s too physical. You would just hurt yourself if you did these things every day.”
He wasn’t kidding; even he broke a serious sweat while performing in the camp’s air-conditioned indoor field house.
On the final day, campers and staffers watched Moravsky demonstrate how to beat each challenge, but with added flourish. He used his strength to master two-handed challenges with one hand and balanced at times it would seem nearly impossible. He also invited campers who were able to beat some obstacles a chance to show off their ability, with Moravsky by their side as a spotter.
“I've been training, exercising, learning parkour and doing [obstacle training] at gyms for years,” Moravsky said. He used to spend more time working with young people in training settings, but his career has made that harder to achieve.
“I do miss the interaction from helping train young people and watching them learn, so working with kids like I’m doing today, these are the kind of moments I live for.”