Its function was similar to the 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 downward 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 the Third Stage, as it took out at least one person in 11 out of 13 tournaments in which it was in the Third Stage, of which one of the exceptions, SASUKE 5, only saw one attempt on it.
It was removed from the Third Stage following Nagano Makoto's kanzenseiha in SASUKE 17. 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: Yamamoto Shingo and Shiratori Bunpei, more competitors than any other obstacle in the Third Stage during that tournament.
In SASUKE 35, a similar obstacle was introduced in the form of the 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 20cm.
American Ninja Warrior Appearances
The Body Prop appeared as the ninth obstacle on:
- American Ninja Warrior 5 during Baltimore finals,
- American Ninja Warrior 6 during Venice Beach finals, and
- American Ninja Warrior 7 during Kansas City finals.
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
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.
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).
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 TBS/NBC broadcast and external information found
American Ninja Warrior
Curved Body Prop
|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%|