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The pantheon of American Ninja Warrior greats includes former special operators, Ironman athletes, and seriously tough mudders. But after this week’s episode, perhaps there’s some room on that lofty pedestal for a sprightly 27-year-old Army lawyer named Jeri.

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When it comes to crushing the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test, it’s all about the pull-ups. Sure, if you can lope along like a gazelle and snag an 18-minute three-mile-run, you’re well on your way to a perfect score, but you still need to max out on pull-ups. With the Marine Corps’ new PFT changes, men between 21 and 35 will need 23 pull-ups for a perfect score, while women of the same age will need between nine or 10.

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Now in its seventh season, NBC’s “Ninja American Warrior” is one of television’s most athletic competitions. The show, which is a spin-off from the Japanese show “Sasuke,” features athletes who try to complete intense obstacle courses built to test the skills of a true ninja: endurance, agility, upper body strength, balance, and coordination.

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