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Like Liam Neeson in Taken, to compete on American Ninja Warrior you’ll need a certain set of skills. Push around all the weights you want, if you don’t train right, you probably won’t conquer one obstacle. We spoke with Aaron Himelright, a competitive rock climber and parkour enthusiast who made it to the finals in Vegas on the show this year, to help create a workout that could prepare you for the competition. He stressed the importance of focusing on your grip, core, and overall endurance when training. With Himelright’s help, we’ve come up with a workout that will prepare you for the Rumbling Dice, Salmon Ladder, and other obstacles.

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While you can go all MacGyver and shuck oysters with a screwdriver or other household tool, we highly recommend you invest in a good oyster knife. Why? Well, for starters, it’s safer. The best oyster doesn’t taste so hot when you’ve got something sharp stuck in your palm. Secondly, it makes the process easier and a bit more refined. Laguiole is an iconic name in knife making and the French brand has you covered when it comes to shucking thanks to the Laguiole Oyster Knife. Made of 420 stainless steel and complete with a wood handle, the Oyster Knife measures 6 ¼” and makes easy work of even the toughest shell. You just need to supply the cocktail sauce.