Today, we’re hopping in the convertible with Sandy Zimmerman, a physical education teacher from Spokane, WA. Sandy is a mom of three and recently made history on Season 11 of American Ninja Warrior as the oldest woman to complete the obstacle course and the first mom to hit the buzzer. Sandy speaks openly about her troubled upbringing and how grit and determination have served her with any obstacle she’s encountered.

Today we talk about…

  • What it takes to become an American Ninja Warrior.
  • How it felt to be the first mom to ever “ring the bell” in a Ninja Warrior competition.
  • Why it’s never too late to follow your dreams.
  • How growing up in poverty, on welfare, and in the foster care system led to her success as a competitor and in life.
  • How Sandy uses health and wellness to build community, encourage others to overcome the obstacles in their lives, and fulfill their dreams.
  • Why mindset makes all the difference.
  • Sandy’s passion for helping kids who struggle and face obstacles in their lives.
  • How one caring adult can make all the difference in a kid’s life.
  • The awesome Ninja Fortress in Sandy’s backyard.

We know you’ll love it, so press play and let’s hit the road.

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