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Cavetown's Elet Hall makes his second assault on 'American Ninja Warrior'

July 24, 2013|By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com
  • Elet Hall shows athleticism needed to compete on 'American Ninja Warrior' show.
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Elet Hall believes in having fun when it comes to working out.

And that why the 22-year-old Cavetown native decided to return to NBC’s obstacle-course game show “American Ninja Warrior.”

The show airs on both G4 and NBC. A new show — the Venice, Calif., Qualifier, Part One — airs at 9 p.m. Sunday, July 28, on G4. Part Two will air at 8 p.m. Monday, July 29, on NBC. The Denver Qualifying will air at 8 p.m. Monday on NBC.

Hall was on last season’s “American Ninja,” but a misstep on an unstable bridge knocked him out of the second stage of the national finals. Wanting a chance to retest his agility and strength, Hall decided to audition again and was chosen.

“Last year I had a pretty good experience and met a lot of interesting people,” he said. 

Before he went to the first season of “American Ninja,” Hall said he really didn’t alter his workout routine to prepare for the grueling experience.

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“I didn’t change my training for the show in any specific way,” he said, noting he did added more hard-core weight lifting and rock climbing to his regiment.

One part of his workout that he believes has helped him is the sport of Parkour. Hall is a member of Frederick Maryland Parkour & Freerunning, a group that teaches a method of physical training to overcome obstacles. 

And he said Parkour has given him a slight advantage when it came to the obstacle course.

Hall said the goal of Parkour is “to be better at moving.”

The idea behind Parkour, he said, is to make every move “without thinking.”

In the fifth season of “American Ninja Warrior,” four cities hosted qualifiers — Venice; Baltimore; Miami; and Denver. 

 Being able to focus on the obstacles has led Hall to moving further this time around as he made it past the Baltimore qualifier by jumping, swinging and climbing his way to a time of 53:79. His time qualified him for the Baltimore finals, which will air Sunday, Aug. 4, on G4 and Monday, Aug. 5, on NBC.

Hall said viewers will be surprised to know the other elements that can also play into a person’s performance.

“During the Baltimore qualifier, it was 30 degrees and the wind was blowing,” he said.

Hall said he was just “trying to say positive, but it was tough.”

Those who pass the city finals will move onto a single finale in Las Vegas, which will be aired in late August. 

As for Hall, who is studying health recreational studies at Hagerstown Community College, he hopes that his appearance on the show will encourage others to get out and get fit. He said physical fitness should really just be “playing and having a good time together.”

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