Batttering Ram

Kevin Bull attempting the obstacle during the Los Angeles qualifying in ANW 9

The Battering Ram was a new obstacle that appeared in American Ninja Warrior 9. It was the fifth obstacle of the Los Angeles qualifying course. Competitors must wrap their hands around a small red foam cylinder and kip their way across a steel pipe, shaped similarly to the Swinging Frames. They then must transition to the next cylinder which was higher and larger than the previous. After making a second transition to the third and final cylinder, which was smaller than the previous two, off to the side, and more loosely secured, they can 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 such as David Campbell, Alan Connealy, and Natalie Duran were eliminated by this obstacle. 19 competitors in total failed this obstacle in qualifiers (9 failed when it was shown in broadcast).

It was attempted early in the Red Nose Day special in Los Angeles, with the difference is that there are only two small red foam cylinders. Only Erika Christensen, Derek Hough, and Stephen Amell attempted it. However, Hough and Amell both used the proper technique by kipping on the red cylinder.


  • The obstacle was originally conceived by a fan who won the Obstacle Design Challenge that occurred during American Ninja Warrior 8.

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