The Flying Shelf Grab is an obstacle, firstly introduced as the eighth obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 7 during Kansas City finals.
It consisted of two suspended shelves with a 2-inch ledge on both shelves, and the gap between the shelves was 6 feet.
After completing the Salmon Ladder, competitors must make the transition to a stationary bar in front of them. From there, they must swing forward to the first shelf. Once on the first shelf, they must build enough swing and momentum to make a transition to the second shelf. And finally, they must swing to the landing platform to advance.
This obstacle knocked out several top competitors like Ethan Swanson and Jon Stewart. In total, 8 out of 24 competitors who attempted this obstacle, failed to complete it. Those 8 competitors didn't advance to Las Vegas national finals, since competitors must at least reach the ninth obstacle (the Body Prop) to advance.
The Flying Shelf Grab returned on American Ninja Warrior 8, as the eighth obstacle during Philadelphia finals. However, the gap between the shelves was increased to 8 feet.
This time, the obstacle eliminated 5 out of 15 competitors who attempted it (Anthony DeFranco, Nick Kostreski, Brandon Pannell, Richard Shoemaker, and Carl Fantauzzo), and those 5 competitors still advanced to Las Vegas national finals. Coincidentally, the completion rate of the Flying Shelf Grab during Philadelphia finals was exactly the same as during Kansas City finals (at 66.67%).
During Celebrity Ninja Warrior: Red Nose Day 2, the obstacle featured 3 shelves, with the gap between each shelf was 5 feet and the second shelf was placed slightly higher than the other 2 shelves.
Since the obstacle was placed as the fourth obstacle, there was a trampoline and a laché bar at the start of the obstacle, as a medium to reach the first shelf. Also, there was another laché bar placed after the third shelf. Among, the 6 celebrity competitors who attempted the obstacle, only Nikki Bella and Gregg Sulkin failed to complete it. Akbar Gbaja-Biamila had his veteran partner Kevin Bull completed the obstacle. Despite that, Akbar was credited $5,000 from that completion for Red Nose Day charity.
Australian Ninja Warrior
On Australian Ninja Warrior, the Flying Shelf Grab appeared as the seventh obstacle in Semifinal 2, and was simply called as the Flying Shelf. However, competitors needed to climb up a rope. Then, they must swing forward to reach the first shelf.
Ninja Warrior UK
On Ninja Warrior UK 4, the Flying Shelf Grab appeared as the fifth obstacle in Heat 1. However, competitors needed to jump from the trampoline and reached the first bar, then made the transition to the second bar, and finally reached the first shelf.
Although only 5 out of 14 competitors fell on this obstacle, the Flying Shelf Grab eliminated Jonny Urszuly, who was the Last Man Standing on the previous season. Despite that, he was still able to qualify to the semi-finals, as the top 15 competitors from each heat would qualify to the semi-finals on that season (unlike during the past 3 Ninja Warrior UK seasons, when only the top 10 competitors from each heat would qualify to the semi-finals).
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found