Hale Center father competes on 'American Ninja Warrior'

Hale Center father competes on 'American Ninja Warrior'
Stone's backyard obstacle course
Stone's backyard obstacle course
Stone and his wife, Amber
Stone and his wife, Amber

HALE CENTER, TX (KCBD) - Josh Stone tested his grit and scaled through heart-racing obstacle courses on NBC's popular reality show, "American Ninja Warrior."

Stone competed on two seasons, taking on the Dallas course in April of last year and the course in San Pedro, CA just last month. He went through great lengths to get himself ready, setting aside time to train almost every day and building his own obstacle course right in his backyard.

"I'm a go-getter," Stone said. "I've always been that way. When I see something, I have to challenge myself with it."

Stone stumbled on to the show's obstacle courses while he was channel surfing.

"I saw the guys going through it," Stone said. "I saw the challenge it presented and I said, 'Man, I think I can challenge myself with that. I think I can do that.'"

Stone says the challenge is mostly mental; but he has to go through at least 10 hours of physical training each week in order to withstand a few exhaustive minutes.

"You hope to do well and do it fast and efficiently," Stone said. "I probably was on the course this season for probably two and a half – maybe three – minutes."

The father of four's strength lies in his family that has been with him through every step of this journey.

"I want him to succeed because of all the work that he puts into it," Stone's wife, Amber, said. "He's very driven and he can inspire a lot of people to try."

Stone says the San Pedro course was the most difficult one he had ever attempted and was just a few swings away from completing it.

"Halfway through, you pick up removable pegs and traverse through and I was there and I was swinging," Stone said. "I knew I had the space and I jumped and I hit my head on top of the structure. Because I hit my head, my momentum was going backward and I fell backward on the water. I was that close to completing the obstacle course."

Though his attempts have ended in disappointment so far, Stone continues to push forward says he plans on signing up for his third season in a row.

"That's my nature – to not give up on something," Stone said. "If I start something, I have to finish it."

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