Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


April 10, 2014

Andover mom out to prove ninjas come in all sizes

Andover mom out to prove ninjas come in all sizes

A 4-foot-11, 98-pound, stay-at-home mother of two from Andover may seem like an unlikely contestant for the reality TV show “American Ninja Warrior.”

But Becca Tacy has this message for any naysayers — bring it on.

The 39-year-old Tacy is training six days a week, following a workout regimen that includes 400 push-ups a day, hundreds of sit-ups, rock wall climbing and a holistic training program developed from military obstacle course work.

“I am no super human, just a mom who wanted to challenge myself and my body to its physical extremes,” said Tacy, a former web designer whose two sons, Asher, 9 and Ari, 6, attend West Elementary School.

Tacy’s husband, Ryan, lovingly turned their backyard on Juliette Street into a ready-to-compete obstacle course. Many of the features are specifically designed to boost upper-body strength, a key component to succeeding in the “American Ninja Warrior” obstacle course.

There’s an unstable bridge that Tacy uses to swing and jump from. There’s a homemade salmon ladder, one of the most feared courses in ninja training that requires her to grasp a ladder bar and, using her upper body, raise it from rung to rung as she climbs. Her training has also included a trip to a ninja warrior gym in Connecticut.

Last February, Tacy submitted the 20-page application and a video to NBC hoping to be on the reality show. After weeks of sleeping with her cellphone, she got a call on March 22 that she was chosen to compete in the northeast regionals set for this Sunday, April 13, in St. Louis, Mo. .

The show follows competitors across the country as they tackle a series of challenging obstacle courses in both qualifying and final rounds. Contestants who successfully complete a course in their designated region will move on to the nationals in Las Vegas, where they face a stunning, four-stage course modeled after the famed Mt. Midoriyama in Japan.

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