The Floating Monkey Bars is an obstacle, firstly introduced as the eighth obstacle during Pittsburgh finals on American Ninja Warrior 7.
It consisted of two bars and six suspended trays. After completing the Salmon Ladder, competitors must transfer to the two bars positioned in the first two trays. Then, they must move forward by continuing to move the rear bar to the next tray, until they were close enough to make the dismount to the landing platform. Several competitors carelessly dropped one of the bar, resulting them must directly make the dismount to the landing platform (with most of them failed to do it). During Pittsburgh finals, 7 out of 18 competitors could complete the obstacle.
The Floating Monkey Bars made its second appearance on American Ninja Warrior 8, once again as the eighth obstacle during Atlanta finals. This time, the fifth tray was moved six inches above the others for adding difficulty. Despite that, 7 out of 16 competitors could complete it.
The Floating Monkey Bars returned once again on American Ninja Warrior 9, as the eighth obstacle during Kansas City finals. This time, one tray was added at the end of the obstacle, making it seven suspended trays, with the fifth tray was placed higher than the other trays.
However, unlike the past two seasons, this obstacle became more brutal, as only 2 out of 9 competitors (Mitch VeDepo and Tyler Yamauchi) could complete it (likely due to fatigue from attempting the first seven obstacles and 60% of Kansas City finalists had been eliminated on the front half obstacles, i.e. the first 6 obstacles, mostly at the Broken Pipes and Bar Hop).
Later, combined with the other obstacles, Kansas City finals just became the second city finals course in American Ninja Warrior history to have zero finishers (after Philadelphia finals on American Ninja Warrior 8).
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found