American Ninja Warrior - Crashing the Course- Oklahoma City (Digital Exclusive)

American Ninja Warrior - Crashing the Course- Oklahoma City (Digital Exclusive)

The Bar Hop was revealed during American Ninja Warrior 8's "Crashing the Course" series, as an obstacle featured in Oklahoma City course

The Bar Hop is an obstacle, firstly introduced as the fifth obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 8 in Oklahoma City. Competitors would have to:

  • Jump to a mini-tramp to reach a bar resting in a cradle,
  • Then, transit the bar from one cradle to another, which was 3 feet in distance,
  • Then, they will use a waiting bar to transition to another bar, which was 2 feet in distance in a cradle,
  • And finally, they must transit the bar to the next cradle and made the dismount, which was 5 feet away from the landing platform.

The dismount was made tricky, because if the competitors didn't swing enough, they would miss the landing platform or touch the water, but if they swung too much, the bar would slide out of the cradle.

Also, several competitors failed on this obstacle, because their grip gave out, as they couldn't hang on when the bar spun after hopping. During Oklahoma City qualifiers, 16 out of 25 competitors who attempted it, could complete it (however, Brent Steffensen failed on this obstacle).

During Oklahoma City finals, the gap between both sets of cradles were made bigger, raising the difficulty. As the result, six competitors failed on this obstacle. This obstacle was also notable for eliminating David Campbell (when his foot touched the water while dismounting), making it the first time since American Ninja Warrior 1, that he didn't advance to Las Vegas national finals/Mount Midoriyama finals.

ANW9 Bar Hop

American Ninja Warrior 9's Bar Hop in Kansas City

The Bar Hop returned as the fifth obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 9 in Kansas City. This time, the entire obstacle was gradually ascended.

It was nearly as difficult as in Oklahoma City, taking out competitors such as Kyle Mendoza (who failed on this obstacle during Oklahoma City finals) and Mitch VeDepo (who failed on this obstacle during Oklahoma City qualifiers).

During Kansas City qualifiers, a total of 12 competitors completed the obstacle, out of 25 competitors who attempted it.

Other Appearances

NWUK4 Bar Hop

Ninja Warrior UK 4's Bar Hop

On Ninja Warrior UK 4, the Bar Hop appeared as the fourth obstacle during the semi-finals, with the presence of a cargo net at the end of the obstacle.

However, compared to the one used on American Ninja Warrior, the obstacle became more brutal, as more than half of the number of competitors who attempted the obstacle, failed to complete it. Among the 57 competitors who attempted the obstacle, only 26 of them could complete it. With the top 30 competitors would advance to the finals on that season, the Bar Hop became the cut off for advancing to the finals.

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found
ANW Clears Attempts Percentage
ANW8 (qualifiers) 16 25 64%
ANW8 (finals) 16 22 72.72%
ANW9 (qualifiers) 12 25 48%
ANW9 (finals) 14 21 66.67%
Total 58 93 62.36%