On Tuesday, November 14 from 6-8 p.m., Abel Gonzalez, a professional American Ninja Warrior, will be at Sky Zone in Waukesha to greet fans, conduct Warrior course demos, provide coaching tips and share his message of inspiration and motivation.
Gonzalez is a nine-time American Ninja Warrior who recently became part of an elite group of just five athletes who’ve earned PRO status in the sport. He started with American Ninja Warrior in 2014 as a walk-on who waited in line for five days in Dallas to compete the first time.
His inspiring story starts at age 10 when he moved from Chicago to Edinburg, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley, to live with his grandmother and brother after his parents divorced. During his childhood in Chicago, he was at times homeless, neglected and malnourished. By the age of 20, he had custody of his two youngest brothers and a burgeoning football career. At age 23, he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and told he would be in a wheelchair by 30. Never one to forfeit a battle, especially one that would determine the course of his life, Gonzalez fought back. He transformed his fitness regime, incorporating sports as varied as gymnastics, rock climbing, parkour and yoga. He altered his diet, eliminating dairy, gluten and processed foods shown to cause allergic reactions. When he reached 30, he was not only standing on his own two feet but running, jumping, twisting and climbing on them too. Today, Gonzalez owns a gym, AXIOS Warrior Academy, and is a South Texas Fitness Ambassador for Project Fit America. He encourages children to stay fit and healthy in order to combat the obesity-related diseases that plague the Rio Grande Valley and many other parts of the country.
“At Sky Zone, we’re committed to engaging kids, teens and adults with healthy, fun activities that get them moving,” says Bron Launsby, owner of Sky Zone in Waukesha and Madison. “We hope Abel’s story will inspire and energize families and kids throughout the area to incorporate movement and fitness into their lives.”
Sky Zone is located at W229 N1420 Westwood Dr. in Waukesha, near I-94 and County Road F.
Tickets are $20, and include access to all Sky Zone attractions and the opportunity to meet, watch, learn from and get inspired by Abel Gonzalez. Sky Zone activities include our Warrior Course, Warped Wall, Free Climb, SkyJoust, SkyLadder and more!