Body Prop (ボディプロップ) was an obstacle introduced into SASUKE's Third Stage following Akiyama Kazuhiko's Kanzenseiha in SASUKE 4.

Its function was similar to Spider Walk, but because the walls were considerably farther apart, competitors had to wedge themselves between two wall panels and cross five meters while facing downwards, with their hands on one panel and their feet on the other. Along the way, there were gaps which made the obstacle even more difficult.

This obstacle was proven to be a deadly obstacle in Third Stage, as it took out at least one competitor in eleven out of thirteen tournaments in which it was used, with SASUKE 5 and SASUKE 9 being the two tournaments to have 100% clear rate (and in SASUKE 5's case, it was only attempted by Yamamoto Shingo).

Body Prop's blueprint

Yamamoto Shingo attempting Body Prop in SASUKE 5


It was removed from Third Stage following Nagano Makoto's Kanzenseiha in SASUKE 17, marking it the obstacle with most appearance in Second Era (tied with Pipe Slider, however, it had received major modification at one point). It should also be noted that during its last tournament appearance, it eliminated three highly skilled competitors, in which two of them were SASUKE All-Stars (Shiratori Bunpei and Yamamoto Shingo), more competitors than any other obstacle in Third Stage during that tournament.

In SASUKE 35, a similar obstacle was introduced in form of Planet Bridge, where the wall in which the competitors must put their hands onto was replaced with a series of spheres, while the wall for the footholds moved back and forth automatically and continuously by 20 cm.


Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found.
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
5 1 1 100%
6 2 5 40%
7 3 4 75%
8 3 4 75%
9 3 3 100%
10 3 4 75%
11 5 7 71.43%
12 9 10 90%
13 4 5 80%
14 6 9 66.67%
15 5 6 83.33%
16 7 8 87.5%
17 4 7 57.14%
Total 55 73 75.34%


Other Appearances

American Ninja Warrior

American Ninja Warrior 5's Body Prop in Baltimore

American Ninja Warrior 6's Body Prop in Venice Beach

American Ninja Warrior 7's Body Prop in Kansas City

The Body Prop appeared as the ninth obstacle on:

The obstacle used on American Ninja Warrior 5 and American Ninja Warrior 6 was similar to the Body Prop from SASUKE.

An improved version was used on American Ninja Warrior 7. Instead of gaps, competitors needed to go down a 4-foot vertical section at the midway of the obstacle.

This version of the Body Prop was proven to be deadly than the previous version, as, among the 16 competitors who attempted the obstacle, only 3 of them could complete it (Lance Pekus, Ian Dory, and Brendan Couvreux). The obstacle also took out Isaac Caldiero, which prevented him to have a perfect season, by completing all the obstacles from that season during city qualifiers, city finals, and Las Vegas national finals (Stage One to Stage Four).


Curved Body Prop

American Ninja Warrior 8's Curved Body Prop in Stage Three

From American Ninja Warrior 8 onwards, the Body Prop appeared as the obstacle after the modified Ultimate Cliffhanger (as the fourth obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 8 and the fifth obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 9 and American Ninja Warrior 10). It was a curved version of the Body Prop (renamed as the Curved Body Prop), which was 30 feet in length, with a 6 feet descent and a 10 feet ascent.

On American Ninja Warrior 8, only Drew Drechsel attempted this obstacle and completed it on that season. During USA vs. The World 3, 6 competitors attempted the obstacle, and 2 of them failed to complete it (Santiago de Alba from Team Latin America and Sean McColl from Team Europe).

On American Ninja Warrior 9, only Joe Moravsky attempted this obstacle and completed it on that season. While on American Ninja Warrior 10, due to Sean Bryan and Drew Drechsel being the only two competitors to attempt Stage Three, with both of them failing on the Ultimate Cliffhanger, no one had attempted the obstacle. However, during USA vs. The World 5, the obstacle was attempted by Drew Drechsel from Team USA, and he could complete it.

It was replaced by the Pipe Dream on the next season.


Australian Ninja Warrior

Australian Ninja Warrior 2's Body Prop

On Australian Ninja Warrior 2, the Curved Body Prop (simply called as the Body Prop) appeared as the first obstacle in Stage Three. Similar to American Ninja Warrior 8, competitors must grab a resting bar after completing this obstacle in order to advance the next obstacle, the Hang Climb. However, since no competitor was able to complete Stage Two on that season, the obstacle was unattempted.

Then, on Australian Ninja Warrior 3, the Body Prop appeared as the second obstacle in Stage Three. This time, after reaching the top part of the walls, competitors must grab a slanted pole as a medium to reach the landing platform, and the obstacle eliminated one competitor (Rob Patterson).

Australian Ninja Warrior 4's Body Prop

No change was made to this obstacle on Australian Ninja Warrior 4, and no one failed it out of four competitors. It was revealed on this season that two walls were 1.7 meters apart.


Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found.

Body Prop

ANW Clears Attempts Percentage
ANW5 9 15 60%
ANW6 2 4 50%
ANW7 3 16 18.75%
Total 14 35 40%

Curved Body Prop

ANW Clears Attempts Percentage
ANW8 1 1 100%
ANW9 1 1 100%
ANW10 0 0 N/A
USA vs. The World 3 4 6 66.67%
USA vs. The World 4 0 0 N/A
USA vs. The World 5 1 1 100%
Total 7 9 77.78%


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