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Core Connections with Erica Ziel

Jul 16, 2019

What’s holding you back from reaching your dreams? Is it time? The fear of failure? Or is your past still finding a way to affect your future?

As a mom, wife + teacher, Sandy Zimmerman knew that she was living a good life. But she didn’t realize that she wasn’t living a great life until she started her American Ninja Warrior journey. There were walls that she still had up from her childhood that was not only keeping people out, but you’re trapping herself in. 

By putting herself out there in the Ninja community, it hit her that she didn’t need these walls in her life anymore. This mindset led her to become the first mom and the oldest woman to ever complete the American Ninja Warrior obstacle course.

But her story is about more than just hitting a buzzer… press play to hear how Sandy knocked down her walls through Ninja and how that has allowed her to leave the world a little better than she found it.

Check out the SHOW NOTES for all episode information!


  • Sandy’s first step to chasing her dream (4:50)
  • How American Ninja Warrior become the therapy that Sandy needed (8:14)
  • Growing in strength, character + confidence­ (15:38)
  • Embracing trial and error in Ninja and in life + implementing that to our kids (19:00)
  • Training like a Ninja (24:43)
  • The downside of kids in specialized sports (29:56)
  • Two things Sandy does to live a healthier lifestyle (33:20)

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