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Ninja Warrior Obstacle Guide

Do you want in depth detail on what each Ninja Warrior Obstacle is, and how to train for them? Below we have obstacle guides for each Ninja Warrior Obstacle that we provide at The Ninja's Edge gym as well as expert advice on how to complete each obstacle successfully. 

Our ninja warrior obstacle guides are written to teach you about each obstacle and how each one works, tips on how to complete the ninja warrior obstacle, and how to train your body for each ninja warrior obstacle. Our ninja warrior obstacle guides are for anyone at any age and athletic level to learn more on how you can be the next Ninja Warrior. 

Cliffhanger

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If you haven’t seen the Ninja Warrior Cliffhanger, it’s an obstacle made from a set of individual rails that contestants must climb hand-over-hand. Imagine three wooden rails glued on the wall at different heights. Each rail is no longer than three feet.

Now imagine those rails glued on both walls of a narrow alley. Contestants must also swing from one wall to the other. Contestants must use a side-to-side swing and a forward and backward swing to complete the grueling Ninja Warrior obstacle course.

Learn more about how to train for the Cliffhanger obstacle in this guide.

One of the most difficult obstacles on the course is the Ninja Warrior spinning log. You must transverse 5 consecutive spinning logs to pass the obstacle. Each rotates underfoot, so you can’t stand on them. This course is also too long to jump over completely.

This spinning log technique has its drawbacks. The further a contestant leaps, the less balance he has when he lands. The contestant must immediately slow his momentum and spring onto the next log with a plyometric hop.

Learn more about how to train for the Spinning Log obstacle in this guide.

Spinning Log

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Barrel Roll

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The barrel roll was created by Tyler Rizzo, the 11-year-old winner of the obstacle design challenge for season ten of Ninja Warrior.

The final design requires the competitor to jump on a trampoline in order to spring themselves up to the first cylinder. With a strong grip on the handle, the competitor must then swing themselves to the next rotating cylinder.

Once they climb to the other side of the final cylinder, they must use the momentum of the rotation to launch themselves onto the landing platform. Learn more about how to train for the Barrel Roll obstacle in this guide.

You’ve made it to a ninja warrior qualification. You know what that means: you’ll have to face the classic quintuple steps.

Often the first ninja warrior obstacle, the quintuple steps are deceptively challenging. You’ll face five inclined steps spaced up to six feet apart. Jumping from one to the another, you’ll have to make it across without falling into the water below.

So how do you master the quintuple steps? Learn more about how to train for the Quintuple Steps obstacle in this guide.

Quintuple Steps

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Warped Wall

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The warped wall is one of the most famous (and tricky) obstacles to climb in the ninja warrior course. When you’re at the very end of the course, it’s the final obstacle between you and the finish line.

Depending on your level, there are different sized warped walls to take on. There are smaller 8-foot walls, the large 14 and a ½ foot wall, and a few sizes in between. The largest wall is also featured on the American Ninja Warrior TV show.

Ready to grab your ninja gear and brave the warped wall? Learn more about how to train for the Warped Wall obstacle in this guide.

One of the only winners of American Ninja Warrior, Drew Dreschel, failed this tricky obstacle.

These swinging platforms need many of the same skills as the salmon ladder. But, competitors often neglect training for this obstacle in favor of its more famous counterpart.

Prepare to defeat the unstable bridges with grip strength and momentum. Due to the swinging nature of the bridges, timing is also crucial.

Learn more about how to train for the Unstable Bridges obstacle in this guide.

Unstable Bridges

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Spider Jump

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Another staple from the early days of American Ninja Warrior, the jumping spider looks like it sounds.

This has been one of the most difficult obstacles to date with failure rates almost always below 50% since season four. To conquer the jumping spider, you need excellent timing and foot placement when jumping from the trampoline. For better visuals on obstacles like this one, take a look at our training videos in this Spider Jump Obstacle Guide.

If you’ve ever watched American Ninja Warrior, you know the notoriety of the salmon ladder.

This intimidating obstacle requires a combination of upper body strength, technique, timing, and plyometric ability. Think the salmon ladder is hard? The show has modified this obstacle by including a super salmon ladder! Learn more about how to train for the Salmon Ladder obstacle in this guide.

Salmon Ladder

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