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UPDATED: “American Ninja Warrior” training inspiring others

UPDATED: Monday, July 21, 2014 --- 9:35pm

The show inspired his training, and now his training is inspiring others.

"I just think it's like a fire in someone and it burns and seeing me being able to do it inspired them to try it out” says Daniel Arreola, who competed on Season 2 of NBC's American Ninja Warrior this summer.

Arreola is the co-owner of “eStrength and Fitness,” a fitness facility in Fitchburg.

His goal, this summer, was to become the next American Ninja Warrior. He got a chance on the show, but wasn't able to conquer Mount Midoriyama, this time around. But, his hard work, didn't go to waste. It's now motivating others to get their warrior on.

"It's been great. I've actually had a couple people that want to try out next season” he tells NBC 15.

So the big question, where do you start? Well, first you got to get your foot in the door, literally. “eStrength and Fitness” features group training and a lot of strength training. Folks can workout with ropes, kettebells and pull up bars during a 30-minute class up to five days a week.

“Life is in motion, as we like to call it, so that's how we like to work out” says Arreola. “Who doesn't like obstacles you know."

For Arreola and his co-owner the show's exposure has given a huge boost to both their business and their clients muscles and self esteem.

"Your inner child comes in and you're like 'I can do that. I want to do that'" he says.

So whether you're ready to train to become the next American Ninja Warrior or just become your own warrior, achieving your goal is just a jump away.

To get involved and start training to at “eStrength and Fitness” head to:


Madison —- A show in the race for number one. American Ninja Warrior kicks-off its second year on NBC, and it's the first year, Daniel Arreola is in the competition.

"I always loved obstacle courses. Finally, I was like, do you know what, I'm going to try and do it. I'm
going to give it a shot,” said Arreola.

It’s a homemade video that caught the producers attention, and the one that landed him a spot on the warrior stage.

"They said let your personality shine, and show your moves,” said Arreola.

Naomi Maija is Daniel's girlfriend, training partner and the person by his side throughout the whole process.

"His story is coming from being completely out of shape. Being lazy, not working out, eating awful, to being able to do the ninja warrior,” said Maija.

"I needed something to just boom! Totally explode out of my old lifestyle,” said Arreola.

Daniel wasn't always fit to be a ninja. Three years ago he lived a much different life on the shores of

"You know I got a lot of friends that are you know, sad to say, they're either dead, or in prison, and I kind of veered off that path to get away from that,” said Arreola.

He did it by moving to Madison, and drastically changing his lifestyle from food to fitness.

"Go hard, or go home. You got to do it all,” said Arreola.

Some would say Daniel is doing it all on massive American Ninja Warrior obstacle course. In a competition you win by simply not falling.

"If you win it all, you get $500,000. I feel like I was destined to win this thing,” said Arreola.

Even if he doesn’t, Daniel has faced obstacles in the past. Each time getting up, from falling down, something his biggest fan admires the most.

"He's just an amazing person, and an inspiration, and I'm so proud. I don't care what happens from here on, I don't care. Just getting to this point, is enough,” said Majia.

The episode Daniel is on has not aired yet, and because of a confidentiality agreement we won't know how far he makes it.
We'll just have to keep a close eye on the show, as it airs the rest of the summer on NBC15.

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