Rylie Johnston has been training for this moment since she was 12 years old. Alongside her father, Cody, Rylie is set to compete on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior May 31 at 8 pm EST.
Rylie is a sophomore at PVCC studying Exercise Science. Although she doesn’t know specifically what she wants to do with her degree, she does have dreams of getting into stunt work one day.
Longtime fans of the show, Rylie’s father has appeared on ANW four times, while she is making her debut at 19 years old, the required minimum age. As a former gymnast, the 5’1 ninja said her training includes a tremendous amount of upper body exercises “to control her body weight” – pullups, pushups, and hanging for long periods of time. If you’ve seen the show, it’s a lot of upper body strength and grip training.
“I’ve always been athletic and enjoyed fitness. Watching my dad compete, I knew I was ready for a new challenge,” said Rylie. “It’s a lot of hard work, dedication, sweat, and tears, but it’s worth it.”
In addition to the May 31 appearance, Rylie will join her father along with her younger sister Preslie on ANW’s Family addition of the show – date to be determined. Be sure to check her out on ANW and cheer her on! We’re rooting for you Rylie!