Double Helix

American Ninja Warrior 7's Double Helix in Orlando

The Double Helix is an obstacle, firstly introduced as the ninth obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 7 during Orlando finals, and appeared again on American Ninja Warrior 8 during Los Angeles finals (renamed as the Helix Hang).

It consists of two center axes, one after the other, each with 8 rods per axis (with a total of 16 rods) sticking out of them forming two helices.

  • Competitors must traverse the first helix's rods with their hands, causing it to turn counter-clockwise.
  • Then, they must make a transition to the second helix and traverse its rods, causing it to turn clockwise, until they are close enough to jump to the landing mat.

During Orlando finals, seven competitors attempted this obstacle and five of them completed it, including James McGrathFlip Rodriguez, and Drew Drechsel.

ANW8 Helix Hang

American Ninja Warrior 8's Helix Hang in Los Angeles

However, during Los Angeles finals, due to the brutality from the previous obstacle (The Wedge), only two competitors (Jessie Graff and Josh Levin) attempted this obstacle, and Josh Levin was the only one who could complete it.


  • The Double Helix/Helix Hang appeared when the city finals was taped in Universal Studios (Universal Orlando Resort during Orlando finals of American Ninja Warrior 7, and Universal Studios Hollywood during Los Angeles finals of American Ninja Warrior 8).

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