What started out as a summertime experiment 11 years ago — an American version of a crazy Japanese TV show — has turned into something huge. American Ninja Warrior has succeeded beyond expectations, lasting for over a decade and spawning an entirely new industry: All over the country, there are Ninja Warrior-themed gyms where you can train like the show’s competitors. Co-hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila say it’s been amazing to see how the show has grown into a full-fledged phenomenon. (Click on the media bar below to hear Matt Iseman &  Akbar Gbaja-Biamila)

American Ninja Warrior airs Mondays at 8/7c on NBC.

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