OUR STORY
The Warrior Factory™ Syracuse is a 6,500 sq ft obstacle park where fun meets fitness. As a Ninja Warrior training facility we offer a safe and challenging environment for kids and adults alike to test the most popular obstacles seen on the hit TV show American Ninja Warrior. All ages, fitness levels and skill sets are welcome as we cater to the entire community. TWF Syracuse offers open play sessions (kid, adult and family), birthday party packages, curriculum classes, competitions, team building & special events. With many obstacle variations, and a space that changes daily, there will always be something new to train & try each time you visit.

How The Warrior Factory Syracuse came to be:
The Warrior Factory Syracuse is truly a family project. A chance visit to the Rochester facility for an open gym while visiting relatives in late 2017 sparked an interest in the Bolster girls and soon enough the whole family was making weekly treks to Rochester and competing in the National Ninja League. The culture of The Warrior Factory and ninja community as a whole made a huge impression on the family. After having been involved in many different sports and activities, it was clear that ninja was special in the way that support, tips and positivity was offered regardless of affiliation – it was not a unique experience to see one ninja coming off the course after failing an obstacle and giving tips to the next competitor on what went wrong and how they might beat it. The Bolsters experienced firsthand how ninja brought people together and encouraged everyday kids and adults alike to step out of their comfort zone. Nowhere was this exemplified more than at The Warrior Factory. As soon as it was announced that The Warrior Factory was franchising, the Bolsters started the process to bring the secret sauce of fun and fitness that The Warrior Factory offers to their hometown of Syracuse. Months into the process they couldn’t be more excited about the imminent opening of their facility and sharing the magic they found with the rest of their community.
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headshot JULIEN MCCONNELL
Head Trainer


Originally from a small town in Ohio, Julien has made Syracuse his home in order to join The Warrior Factory family and to start training the next crop of elite ninja athletes. Julien was pursuing ninja before it was even a “thing” here in the US. As an avid fan of the Japanese television series Sasuke he dedicated himself to pursuing the American version, American Ninja Warrior, as soon as he realized it existed. A long way from his self-described stick body, Julien made his dreams come true and has competed in seasons 8 (Philly), 9 (Cleveland) and 10 (Philly) of American Ninja Warrior. Julien is used to being the underdog and persevering; he has walked onto ANW 7 times since 2013. Getting his teaching start by coaching tennis (his sport before he discovered ninja) Julien eventually became a personal trainer and has been teaching ninja for the last 5 years. Leading a highly competitive team to the highest level of ninja competition in the nation, Julien has proved his knowledge, techniques and training tactics are of the highest caliber. The Warrior Factory Syracuse is excited and proud to have him lead our staff.
headshot KARTER OHLSON
Team Leader


Karter Ohlson is somewhat of a ninja savant. Having been a competitive gymnast for 10 years Karter was ready to realize her dreams when she was finally old enough to compete on American Ninja Warrior. At 19, she got the call and certainly made the most of her rookie season. Karter was the youngest competitor in the history of the show to make it all the way to Vegas. When competing as a gymnast Karter had always dreamt of competing on American Ninja Warrior and after getting involved in the National Ninja League and doing some competitions, realized she could make her dreams come true. While no one can argue she’s a fierce competitor, what Karter really loves is passing on her knowledge to kids and adults and helping them make their own dreams come true. With over 6 years of combined coaching experience in gymnastics and ninja, Karter is poised to make a huge impact on the ninjas that walk through our doors. In addition to ninja, Karter is passionate about protecting the environment and is attending ESF for Conservation Biology. When she’s not in the ninja gym or the classroom, chances are you’ll find her rock climbing which is a newly acquired passion that she has picked up quite quickly. We are so excited to welcome Karter to the team!
headshot MCKENNA OHLSON
Assistant Manager | Creative Director

One of the warmest and most welcoming faces you might see at The Warrior Factory Syracuse, we couldn’t be prouder to welcome McKenna Ohlson to the team. McKenna has been coaching gymnastics for 7 years has been coaching in a ninja environment for the last 5. She has been deeply ingrained in the ninja community for years and is the sister and biggest fan of Karter the Krusher. She is an avid supporter of the sport of ninja and can’t wait to bring all it has to offer to the kids & adults of CNY.
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