Become a Ninja Warrior at Flip Side Ninja Park

With three children under the age of 10, I am always looking for new ways to keep them entertained. When it’s too cold, too hot, or too wet to be outside a good indoor activity is a must.¬†Unfortunately, fun, indoor activities are often hard to come by. After a few trips to indoor trampoline parks and restaurant playgrounds, I’m often left looking for something new to change it up a bit.

Enter Flip Side Ninja Park.

That’s right, a ninja park! If you are familiar with the show American Ninja Warrior, I bet things like balance beams and warped walls are coming to your mind right now. My kids love this show, and always end up wishing they could have a chance to run a ninja obstacle course themselves.

Now they can do exactly that right here in Northwest Arkansas. Flip Side Ninja Park recently opened it’s doors in Lowell, and already has people raving about all it has to offer.

My kids had the awesome opportunity to visit the gym a few days ago. They attended an intro session and haven’t stopped talking about it since. I loved that the coaches were very attentive and carefully explained each obstacle to the students. Every child was encouraged to participate at the level that was appropriate and safe for them. Intro sessions are offered each week so you can try the gym with no commitment to see if it’s a good fit for your family.

Junior ninja classes are also available for children 5-15 years old and run for 12 weeks each session. These classes are appropriate for beginners to obstacle course masters. Every 4th week of the program, ninjas will perform stage challenges and be awarded for completion. This program includes one class per week, a t-shirt, a Flip Side sticker, and an awesome video of their final timed-trial run on week 12.

I was able to speak to another Mom at the gym, and she raved about how much her daughter has been loving the ninja classes. She said that the classes are great for boys and girls. Her daughter always feels challenged to do her best and doesn’t ever feel like she’s being compared to the boys or to people with other fitness levels.

One of the coolest things about Flip Side Ninja Park is that they also offer Birthday Parties! You can invite up to 15 people and the staff takes care of all the details. They even decorate and clean up! Certified ninja coaches guide the party attendees through the course for one hour. Then you get 30 minutes for presents and cake. All you need to bring is food and refreshments. Did I mention that adults can book a party too? That’s right, there are no age limitations to booking a party at Flip Side.

Speaking of adults…did you know that you can take classes at the gym too? They offer Adult classes as well as Aerial Yoga. If you are looking for a new, exciting way to stay fit, you might consider the Adult Ninja Fit course. It focuses on building strength and endurance all while enjoying the exciting obstacles. An adult ninja open gym session is also offered for those who feel they are ready to tackle the obstacles on their own.

Aerial Yoga is offered each week and is also for participants of all fitness levels. You’ll get a chance to hang from the aerial hammocks while focusing on stretching and strength. The classes have been extremely popular and fill up quickly, so grab your spot asap!

Whether you are wanting to change up your fitness routine, would like to try out aerial yoga, or have little ninja warriors that would love to try out some obstacles, Flip Side Ninja Park is what you’ve been looking for. With the nicest owners and coaches around, you will feel comfortable giving it a try. You can visit Flip Side Ninja Park’s website for all the details and to register for a class or book a birthday party.

Disclaimer: My children did receive free admission to the gym before I wrote this piece. 

Ideal Health NWA: Not Another Fad Diet

If you’re like me, the new year finds you motivated and looking for new opportunities to make life a little better or easier. January is a great time to set new goals or refocus on your existing ones.

A year ago, my husband and I decided we needed to make a change in our eating habits. Being full-time working parents with three small children left us little time to plan healthy meals, and found us sitting in a fast food drive-thru more often than I’d like to admit. We knew we needed a lifestyle change, not just a fad diet. Honestly with so many opinions out there about what “healthy eating” is, it was hard to know where to start.

If you find yourself where we were last year, keep reading! I was recently contacted by the owner of Ideal Health NWA. She invited me to check out their plan for achieving weight loss through building a healthy lifestyle. I have to say, I wish this new resource was available in Northwest Arkansas last year when we were struggling to get started with our journey to a healthier life.

Ideal Health NWA is right here in Bentonville and operates under the understanding that both weight loss and weight management are key components to healthy living. They empower you with skills that will not only help you lose weight in a healthy way, but also to keep it off long term. Weekly one-on-one personalized coaching sessions include nutritional education and lifestyle support. Someone encouraging and guiding you each week sounds pretty great right? I know how important it is for me to have that accountability piece. Charting inches and pounds lost is a great way to keep yourself moving in the right direction.

The best part? No counting points, calories, or carbs! Because…ain’t nobody got time for that. Okay, well at least not this lady. If I have to stop mid toddler melt-down to log my points on an app, let’s just say that’s probably not the plan for me.

The Ideal Protein protocol has done all the thinking for you. The low carb/high protein meals are designed to keep you on track and burning fat. Since our body burns carbs first, limiting them will help us to begin using the fat that has stored up in our bodies. Having the support of Ideal Health NWA takes the guesswork out of meal preparation. For me, making sure I am eating the right calories can be exhausting. With so many different “diets” out there, it is hard to know if I am on the right track or not. Ideal Protein=no more stressful meal decisions.

If you are ready to make a change, Ideal Health NWA may be the thing you’ve been looking for. Contact them today and mention this post for $50 off your orientation fee! What have you got to lose (well except those extra pounds of course)?