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Local 'Gymja' competes on American Ninja Warrior

LILBURN, Ga. -- Do you have what it takes to be the next American Ninja Warrior?

The obstacle course competition has drawn fans across the country, and 11Alive's Kaitlyn Ross got an inside look in to what it takes to make it to the next level!

They call him the Gymja! Stunt man John Tyler Voght has what it takes to make it on NBC's American Ninja Warrior.

"It was exhilarating, it was exhausting, and it was like I was on a different level," said Voght of the competition.

The former gymnast and movie stuntman went vegetarian to get in shape for the competition. He trains anywhere from 20 minutes to 3 hours a day, and says he's focused on winning.

"Cutting out everything that's a distraction -- there's a lot of distractions," he said.


This is the second time he's gone out for the show, and he's better shape than ever thanks to the gym in Lilburn.

More than 70 people who train at Dr. Robert Pruni's CrossFit gym have gone on to compete on the show.

"There's nothing that has challenged me like these ninja warrior obstacles," said Dr. Pruni.

They tried to build everything to scale at the gym, including something called the "Ultimate Ninja Killer" -- because everyone who goes across it gets knocked out!

But how hard is too hard? It's nearly impossible to defeat the course, and nearly impossible to train for.

"These require certain skill sets, like strength, speed, stamina, coordination, agility, balance, flexiability, accuracy to jump from a bar to another bar," Pruni said.

You also have to have the right mindset.

"I'm care-free-ful - I have that level of carefreeness in me, but I'm also full of care," said Voght.

You can see Voght compete next Monday night on American Ninja Warrior on 11Alive!