I don’t know how many of you are familiar with American Ninja Warrior.
It’s a show that challenges people to complete an obstacle course that requires the utmost physical strength, endurance and agility. In other words, it’s a show for out-of-shape people to watch and hope that in-shape people fail, and fail miserably.
In all seriousness, though, if you’ve seen it, then you appreciate just how challenging it is. The course features a series of obstacles that the average person probably can’t complete one of, let alone all of them consecutively.
You expect the people who succeed on the show to be freaks of nature. People who spend every waking moment of their life in the gym. Basically, you’re picturing the cast of Jersey Shore.
So we can all take solace in knowing that, as average folks, who go to the gym maybe once every two weeks, we’re not expected to have the physical capabilities as those who compete on American Ninja Warrior.
But then there’s little Kacy Catanzaro.
Catanzaro recently became the first woman to complete the course. So when you hear that, you think she’s got to be some type of masculine-looking woman, who probably was actually born a man but her parents decided to raise her as a female, right?
And then you see that she’s 5’10” and weights barely more than a baby gorilla.
I warn you: this video is absolutely worth watching just to witness the unbelievable strength that this woman has. But at the same time, it will make you feel worthless. Inferior. Feeble.
The video has taken the Internet by storm the last couple of days, and is the true epitome of the saying, “It ain’t about the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
Remember in Rudy, when the token black guy says to Rudy, “You’re five-foot nothing, one hundred and nothing…” well, that applies here too.
But let’s be real here. The video — while impressive — has only gotten this much attention because of its subject. Kacy Catanzaro is super cute. Like, you just want to give her a giant hug, pat her back and whisper sweet nothings into her ear.
If the first female contestant to beat the course looked like Shrek, then nobody would give shit.
That being said, you can’t help but appreciate what she did. She utilized every ounce of her strength, from every part of her body, to outlast the course. Some of the obstacles aren’t even meant for people her size, and she had to improvise. And that spider crawl at the very end? Unreal.
I especially enjoy how she took her time. Other instances when I’ve watched American Ninja Warrior, the male contestants try to zoom through the course, acting like it’s a piece of cake, and inevitable fail. Kacy didn’t do that. She even took a second between obstacles to give a shout out to the crowd. How can you not love that?
Nobody can watch that video and come out thinking they are in top physical form.
Because next to 5-foot, 100-pound Kacy Catanzaro, we are not worthy.