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The Arm Rings (アームリング) were introduced in SASUKE 16 as the first obstacle in Stage Three.

The competitor hangs from two rings on different-shaped sliding horizontal poles and must negotiate several separate rises and dips on each track. To make it through the obstacle quickly, competitors would do a strong push in the beginning to make it in the middle and would use the rings to bounce on the poles to get momentum. 

Although in place for nine tournaments, it served as more of an energy drainer as the two people who failed it (Nakata Daisuke and Yamamoto Shingo) failed due to injuries that made the obstacle difficult to complete. Following Urushihara Yuuji'S kanzenseiha in SASUKE 24, it was replaced with the Roulette Cylinder.

It became the last obstacle at Muscle Park Odaiba's SASUKE section, replacing the Pipe Slider when it was redesigned in early 2009 before its closure the following year. 

American Ninja Warrior Appearances

ANW4 Arm Rings

American Ninja Warrior 4's Arm Rings in Southwest and Northwest region

ANW6 Arm Rings

American Ninja Warrior 6's Arm Rings in Denver

The Arm Rings appeared on American Ninja Warrior 4, as the eighth obstacle during Southwest and Northwest region finals, and then returned on American Ninja Warrior 6 during Denver finals, once again as the eighth obstacle. However, the obstacle was proven to be a little harder, as some competitors ran out of energy as they were doing the obstacle. Also, the poles were at the same length, but the rises and dips on the poles were different than the SASUKE version.

Several competitors who failed on this obstacle were Michael Zernow (during American Ninja Warrior 4's Southwest region finals) and Lance Pekus (during American Ninja Warrior 6's Denver finals).

Competitor's Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS/NBC broadcast and external information found
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
16 8 8 100%
17 7 8 87.5%
18 3 3 100%
19 0 0 N/A
20 1 1 100%
21 3 3 100%
22 4 4 100%
23 6 7 85.71%
24 7 7 100%
Total 39 41 95.12%

American Ninja Warrior

ANW Clears Attempts Percentage
ANW4 (Southwest region) 13 19 68.42%
ANW4 (Northwest region) 15 17 88.23%
ANW6 14 16 87.5%
Total 28 36 77.78%

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