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FORT COLLINS – His basement is an atypical man cave: instead of couches and televisions it's a training gym for Dr. Noah Kaufman to polish his ninja-like skills.

An emergency room doctor at Emergency Physicians of the Rockies, the not-quite 40-year-old has been training for months to swing, climb, jump, and win his way through the obstacle-filled course on NBC's American Ninja Warrior this summer.

An avid rock climber, Kaufman jokes that his wife thinks he's in a midlife crisis for entering the competition.

Kaufman says he competed last season from "couch to competition," but has trained hard since then to improve his results in season six.

"I thought I'd do (the show) one year, but people started coming out of the woodwork to tell me that I inspired them to lose weight or quit smoking, and that pushed me to do it again," Kaufman told Insider North, UC Health's internal newsletter in an interview.

His mission is more than winning the physical competition – it's to send a message to his patients and colleagues that being healthy and active can improve your quality of life.

Kaufman is a black belt in Shotokan karate.

You can watch Kaufman compete in the Denver course Monday, June 23 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

The national round in Las Vegas is currently being filmed.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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