Rigging Equipment

In this section we will cover some of the support equipment used to mount obstacles on a rig. The materials in this section are intended to familiarize you with the different pieces of equipment you will come across in ninja. We believe this knowledge is helpful to know when working around ninja equipment.

The training materials provided here do not cover the technical expertise needed to safely use the equipment covered in this section. With our disclaimer out of the way, let’s jump in!


Bars are a fundamental piece of equipment commonly found in ninja. Bars can in ninja gyms often vary in length, diameter, thickness and material.

Bars can be used to hang or mount obstacles. Typically bars are connected to a rig using some form of a clamp.


Clamps are typically used to connect bars to a rig. There are a few different types of clamps used for mounting ninja obstacles. We will cover a few of the most common types of clamps here.

Right Angle Clamp

These clamps are commonly found on aluminum truss but can be used in other applications as well.

These clamps connect bars to other bars at a right angle.

Swivel Clamp

Swivel clamps connect bars to other bars. These clamps are often found on aluminum rigs but can also be found in other applications as well.

This clamp is designed to rotate and connect bars at various angles.

DGS Truss Clamp

This clamp is specifically designed for use with DGS Ninja rigs. This custom design is intended to connect bars to square tubing at a right angles on DGS Steel Ninja rig.

Slings or Runners

Slings or Runners come to ninja from the climbing world. These tightly woven loops are used in various applications to assist rock climbers when ascending mountainous terrain.

Obstacle riggers have borrowed slings and will use them to hang various obstacles from rigs or bars.

Slings come in different lengths and have different weight capacity depending on material. It’s also important to properly care for slings. Proper care and weight capacity is not covered in this training but we felt it was important to understand this important consideration.


Carabiners are typically used with slings to secure an obstacle. Different carabiners have different weight limitations. Additionally, carabiners can feature a locking mechanism but not all carabiners have this feature.

Locking carabiners will add some additional security when hanging obstacles.

Other Rigging Equipment

The rigging equipment covered here is only a small subset of all the equipment used to mount or secure obstacles. There are many other pieces of equipment that obstacle riggers take advantage of when rigging. We choose these particular pieces of equipment because they are some of the most common rigging gear and you will most likely come across these pieces of equipment in the industry.


This concludes our training on rigging equipment. Remember this training is only intended to introduce you to some of the equipment used to rig and does not cover how to properly use the different rigging equipment. At this point you should be familiar with the following topics:

  • Bars and their role with obstacles
  • Some common types of clamps and their purpose
  • Slings and where they are primarily used
  • Carabiners and where they are primarily used