Griffin not only tests safety and level of difficulty, but also shows how, among other things, to overcome every obstacle for the participants.
“Every obstacle must be doable,” he says. “And while the participants are not allowed to touch the obstacles [before their run]can you see me and some others complete it. In some countries like the UK and Switzerland, I have to dress up as a ninja. So I’m all black and run the entire course in front of thousands of people every night, which is pretty unique. In America I’m doing a bit more rigging and helping to actually install the obstacles. And a lot of brainstorming needs to be done. Everyone on the team is multifunctional and talented. We are like the Avengers because everyone has their own talent. “
Although Griffin does this around the world, he admits that the American version of the show is the hardest and sometimes falls happen, even if you’re a professional.
“I did my first tests for the UK and Egypt and then went to America, where the obstacles are at such a high level,” he says. “So I fell a little bit in my first year American ninja warriorand I am still surprised by an obstacle and sometimes fall. But every time I fall, I learn from it. For example, if you fall on a massive swing because your grip is weakening, you know that you have to work on your grip strength. Falling shows you what you have to work on so that I feel better from season to season. But I take falls fairly seriously because there isn’t much room for mistakes when I go outside and climb a five-story building. “
And how do you fall into such a profession – without intending to play on words? It all started for Griffin when he jumped out of the window as a kid.
“I remember jumping into a bush from my mother’s two-story house,” he recalls. “I jumped into a bush and then, at 30, I suddenly became a professional on the set, and it all started with that jump and sense of adventure. It’s like a mature version of playing around as a kid. It feels so normal for me, but I’m trying to put myself in other people’s shoes and I know that it seems like a crazy thing. “