Ninja Warrior and Swimmer Ginny MacColl

132 – Ninja Warrior and Swimmer Ginny MacColl

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In episode 132 of the Fit Strong Women Over 50, Jill and Chris talk with 71 year old American Ninja Warrior Ginny MacColl.

Ginny is an actress, dancer, and competitive athlete in both Ninja and swimming. She began her career in NYC as a dancer in the hit Broadway show, Pippin, in 1973; then transitioned into the commercial world and did over 100 national and regional commercials throughout the 70s and 80s.

After a 20-year hiatus to raise her family, Ginny rekindled her acting career recently in Southport, NC in commercials, and film, and began strength training for American Ninja Warrior where she competed Season 9, 10, and most recently Season 15 airing this June (2023).

At 63 years old, she did her very first pull up, inspired by her daughter, Jessie Graff, who has gone farther than any female on American Ninja Warrior.

At 71 years old, Ginny continues to compete regionally in ninja competitions and local, state and national swim meets.
You may have seen Ginny featured in the December 2019 issue of AARP. She also appeared as Evelyn, one of Diane Keaton’s 8 cheerleaders in the movie POMS; Dorothy in USS Christmas on Hallmark’s Movie and Mysteries channel, Agnes Miller in STARS FELL ON ALABAMA and Beverly in AND JUST LIKE THAT!

We discuss:

  • How she became a Ninja Warrior
  • About her daughter, Jessie Graff.
  • How she trained to do her first pull up at age 63
  • What she does for her workouts
  • Swimming
  • Her inspiring Instagram posts and videos
  • How she eats
  • Lifestyle changes she made
  • Her acting career


Her inspiring Instagram account @GinnyMacColl
Ninja Warrior gyms near you: Ninja Warrior Training Gyms
Linktree for American Ninja Warrior and Swimmer Ginny MacColl

Special Thanks to Danielle from Original Strength who introduced us to Ginny MacColl. You can watch her inteview on Bodcast here.

2 thoughts on “Ninja Warrior and Swimmer Ginny MacColl”

  1. I loved the line she used: It’s not the years in your life; it’s the life in your years.

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