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


This season, the show is traveling to five cities in search of the ultimate athlete — Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Denver and St. Louis — before heading to Las Vegas this summer, with men and women from all walks of life vying for the title. Beyond the bragging rights, there’s also a $500,000 grand prize up for grabs.

Tacy, whose luggage bound for St. Louis will include specially made red T-shirts that boast “Girls Make Better Ninjas” and “Team Tacy,” said she is ready. She said she is not intimidated by the fierce-sounding competitors, who include current and former members of the military, amateur sports enthusiasts and even a few Olympic gold medalists, according to the show’s website.

“My friends think I’m crazy, but I am working so hard to do this .. I want this,” said Tacy, who will travel with an entourage of supportive family and friends. “My goal is to be on the show.”

The road to Ninja

Training for “American Ninja Warrior” is by no means easy. Tacy changed her diet and said her body is sore every day. She’s learned to live with and overcome pain using focusing techniques that have her remembering one important message to her sons — that their mother won’t quit.

She’s dropped 15 pounds in 10 months of grueling training as she presses on. Her “American Ninja” submission video includes her bleeding, bruised forehead, which happened when she was doing a two-clap push-up at Planet Fitness in Andover. She clapped in front of her body and behind it near her back, but hit her forehead on a metal bar on the floor as she did the push-up.

“My head was split open. I had to call my husband after that happened. ... I didn’t know if I should drive,” she said.

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