The Striding Steps are one of the wildest and most unpredictable challenges of the American Ninja Warrior All-Stars special. The newest special brought it back and kept the focus on dynamic duos.
The Striding Steps are all about agility and speed. The Ninjas race side-by-side down nine steps that are about five-feet apart. They swing out on a rope to turn around and attempt to return to the buzzer. The game is unpredictable because when the pressure is on, any tiny misstep or mistake can send a Ninja swimming.
But the pairings created for this year’s challenge were just... *chef’s kiss. There was the 5’ Barclay Stockett versus the 6’6” Jody Avila.
Grant McCartney and Chad Flexington amped up their already large personalities for a little extra entertainment value.
Bros for life, Dan Polizzi and Brandon Mears took the plunge together.
Engaged couple Jesse Labreck and Chris Digangi put six whole months of laundry-duty on the line!
Season 12 of American Ninja Warrior debuts on Monday, September 7 at 8pm EST/PST on NBC.