The Battering Ram is an obstacle, firstly introduced on American Ninja Warrior 9 as the fifth obstacle in Los Angeles. On this obstacle:
- Competitors must wrap their hands around a small red cylinder,
- Then the must kip their way across the first steel pipe, shaped similarly to the Swinging Frames.
- Then, they must make the first transition to the second cylinder, which was higher and larger than the previous, and kip their way across the second steel pipe. The second cylinder was placed slightly to the right.
- After that, they must make the second transition to the third and final cylinder, which was smaller than the previous two, off to the side, and more loosely secured, and then kip their way to the dismount.
Since there was nothing to hold down the cylinders, they would spin out if the competitors lost their grip. This made the transitions especially challenging, as competitors like David Campbell, Alan Connealy, and Natalie Duran were eliminated by this obstacle. 19 competitors in total failed on this obstacle during Los Angeles qualifiers. However, the Battering Ram has the highest number of completion (25 competitors completed this obstacle), compared with any other fifth obstacle during American Ninja Warrior 9's city qualifiers round.
The Battering Ram was attempted early during Celebrity Ninja Warrior: Red Nose Day, with only two small red cylinders and and longer steel pipes. Only Erika Christensen, Derek Hough, Ashton Eaton, and Stephen Amell attempted the obstacle, and all of them completed it. However, Erika completed the obstacle by using the pipes (not the cylinders), while the other three completed it by using the proper way.
On American Ninja Warrior 10, the Battering Ram appeared as the fifth obstacle in Minneapolis, with minor modification for the placement of the cylinders and steel pipes.