Ninja Gym at C-Baptist Bearden ready

The Ninja Gym is ready to open in Central Baptist Church of Bearden, 6300 Deane Hill Drive (near Kingston Pike), with its grand opening this weekend.

To combine a challenging and unique upper body workout for adults, while giving children a fun yet unique way to exercise, the 800-square foot gym provides an environment where Christian principles can be absorbed.

Located in the church’s Recreation Outreach Center, the gym’s use is free and open to the public. “It’s a whole new way to do ministry,” said Josh Hickey, the church’s recreation director. “ … This is the first one in Town that is just (a ninja gym). It will challenge the individual. … There’s about a dozen obstacles.”

Grand opening hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, and from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. The ROC is located in the western-most part of the campus (to the far right facing the church). Follow signs.

Special guest is Grant McCartney, an international Ninja Warrior obstacle course champion.

All who use the gym must sign a waiver. Regular hours for teenagers and adults will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday. For children ages 5 to 12, it’s from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday.

Parents of children must remain with their child at the gym; “no dropping off children,” Hickey said. For more information, call 865-450-1000, extension 142.

“With kids, we’ll have a couple of people in there helping them and teaching them how to do certain things,” Hickey said. “With adults, we can also teach them, but adults will pick up on it much easier.”

Potential first-time users “can receive a walk-through” of the gym, then “must sign a medical release wavier” if wishing to use the gym, Hickey said. Extra personnel will be on hand to further assist gym users.

Also available will be “an instructional video tape will be available on how to do the obstacles,” he said about having it on a TV in an adjacent lounge.

Each gym user will check in at the lounge to verify that person already has signed a waiver.