Mom known as the 'Minneninja' competes in 'American Ninja Warrior' spinoff



A fitness fanatic and mom-of-two from Hopkins will be bringing her athletic skills onto national television.

Jennifer Tavernier, 33, who goes by the name "Minneninja" on her Instagram page, will make her first appearance at 7 p.m. next Tuesday on Esquire Network's "Team Ninja Warrior," a spinoff of the popular "American Ninja Warrior."

The new show will see teams take on "the mother of all obstacle courses" reminiscent of the hellish endurance tests given to American Ninja competitors.

Needless to say, the Minneninja underwent some intense training to get herself ready for the challenge, but she told the Star Tribune she had no problem being in the gym.

"Everybody has something in life that lights them up and makes them come alive. For me, it’s being active — and pushing my body hard and seeing what my body can do," she said. "I’ve never been in this kind of shape before."

Here's some videos of Tavernier in training:



The newspaper notes she had tried out for "American Ninja Warrior" before and didn't make the cut, but did enough to qualify as a "tester," running through the courses to make sure they were sufficiently difficult. While doing that she caught the eye of a Ninja veteran who asked her to join his team for "Team Ninja Warriors."

Gyms inspired by American Ninja obstacle courses have started popping up in Minnesota, and Tavernier found her training spot at Ninjas United in Buffalo.

She told the Sun Sailor she was inspired to give it a go after seeing Kacy Catanzaro become the first women to complete the qualifying course on an "American Ninja" show in 2014.

"It was a blast, and I loved it right away...it was an awesome group of people up there," she said. "I knew I wanted to be a part of it and I was very excited I found them."

While tight-lipped on her performance in "Team Ninja Warriors," she did tell the newspaper she intends to try out again for the next season of "American Ninja Warrior."


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