Dan Arnold likes a good competition.
Throw in competition with a sibling and it’s better yet.
The Bethel Township, Miami County, resident’s determination is on display this summer thanks to his participation in the American Ninja Warrior program competition in Cleveland. The program airs on NBC television.
He’ll be among those competing in the city finals to be aired in August. The date of the program was not yet available, and under the program participation agreement, he could not discuss how he fared in the competition.
A native of Medway and 1997 graduate of Tecumseh High School, Arnold works as a nursing home administrator at Otterbein Middletown.
He and wife, Rebekah, are the parents of three sons and a daughter with another daughter on the way. The family lives in the Carriage Trails subdivision and the children attend the Bethel Local Schools.
They all are fans of the American Ninja Warrior and its series of obstacle courses, Arnold said.
“I got into the American Ninja Warrior from watching the show with my brother, who has been on the show a number of years,” Arnold said of his brother, Brian Arnold, who now lives in Colorado.
Arnold said he and Brian grew up in family of six boys and one sister. “Growing up, it was hard core. It is a very competitive family,” Arnold said.
“Watching my brother on the show, it looked like a lot of fun. I always think I can outdo my brothers at anything,” he added.
He built a ninja warrior gym in his basement and has been training for a couple of years. “It was a goal of mine to get on the show, try out the obstacles, and see how good I am,” he said. Another Arnold brother, Greg, also has the Ninja fever and is training with hopes of getting on the show.
Arnold was among 120 competitors who faced a series of obstacles. He made it to the final 30, qualifying for the city finals show in Cleveland that will air in August.
To get people pumped for the city finals, the Arnold family held a ninja party July 8 for their neighbors in the Carriage Trails subdivision and the Huber Heights community.
More than 250 people showed up.
Arnold, who also offers ninja obstacle parties for birthdays or other events (see www.ninjaobstacleparties.com), said his children enjoy doing the obstacle course workouts with him.
“My house is kind of the party house in the neighborhood when it comes to exercise and doing stuff. It is all about having a good time and keeping in shape,” said Arnold, who is 38. He also is a coach, including for youth soccer in Bethel Township, and holds a black belt in taekwondo.
Among his hopes of participating are demonstrating goal setting and working toward the goal.
“If we want our kids to be healthy, we need to be healthy ourselves,” Arnold said. “You can’t sit on the couch and say, ‘That looks easy.’ If you work hard on something, you can be healthier and live a happy life.”