Susan Baroncini-Moe, author and executive coach, recently interviewed American Ninja Warrior Jamie Rahn on the subject of mental health and exercise. The interview is an enlightening look at one of the show’s successful competitors.
In the past few months, Jamie has opened up on social media about his own mental health journey.
For the past month I have been in a bit of a slump. More like a pit. In actuality, it felt like a deep dark hole filled with tar. I have not been passionate about the things I love, I have not cared about much of anything. I spent most of my time in bed, physically injured, sick, and emotionally unsound. However today is a new day, and I have started to feel more like myself again. More like the old Jamie, passionate, engaged in life, and excited about new challenges. You may have noticed I have been absent from social media for the most part during this time. Partly because I did not want to bring others down, and partly because I wasn’t quite sure how to put things into words. So here I stand, ready to rock and roll and start living life once more! #overcomeanything #captainnbc #ninjury #emotional #stress #overwhelming #parkour #anw #ontothefuture #leavethepastbehind
In his conversation with Susan, Jamie talks about his anxiety and how exercise and little successes throughout the day have helped him manage it.
Jamie relates to the struggle that getting started is the hardest part. While he’s personally chosen to run a 5K every day, he encourages everyone to find something they enjoy so they’ll find the incentive to keep going.
Ending 2017 on a BIG note! I started doing #5kEveryDay back in April with the goal of doing 100days, and a pipe dream of a full year. Today was Day 263! I also wanted to try to run 500miles with a pipe dream of 1000miles, and today I hit it! Even got a hand carved medal with #GoldLeaf to commemorate the occasion! I took a piece of the sideview that hit me to turn into a medal but my Brother made me one instead ❤️ #1000miles #1610km #running #runnersofinstagram #medal #medalmonday #2017 #1000milesin2017 #captainNBC #pinnacleparkour #pinnacleparkouracademy #ninjawarrior #cardio #endurance #overcomeanything #ocr #ocrathlete #training #medaladdict #hitbyacar #unstoppable
The 16 minute video interview gives us a different view on the confident competitor. Jamie shares his tactics for dealing with fear, including how he felt when facing down the Double Dipper on Stage One in Las Vegas last season.
He shares behind-the-scenes stories and how he really feels right after his falls on the course. Part of his Ninja preparation includes mental training for adaptability. It’s a powerful reminder that our Ninja heroes are so much more than what we see just on the show.