USA Swimming Coach BJ Reynoso Competes on American Ninja Warrior

You may be familiar with the NBC television show ‘American Ninja Warrior,’ which holds competitions to see who can take on intense, physically-demanding, and limit-pushing obstacle courses across the nation. Eventually, those who make it to the final round in Las Vegas are faced with an ultimate four-stage course; the winner gets their hands on the grand prize of one million dollars.

BJ Reynoso, a club swimming coach with the Manhattan Makos in New York, was recently seen on the show as he attempted to get through the Pittsburgh regional course and qualify for finals. Reynoso’s Instagram (@sl33pinclass) gave his followers some sneak peak photos of him on the course before the episode aired on June 29th. Take a look below:

Wanna know how I did? Tune in next week!!!! Next Monday @americanninjawarrior 6/29 on @nbctv 8PM!! ….. ???????????? #anw7 #AquaNinja

A photo posted by BJ Reynoso (@sl33pinclass) on

Ahhhh just checked the @americanninjawarrior website…. ????????????????. #AquaNinja #anw7 #gomakos

A photo posted by BJ Reynoso (@sl33pinclass) on


Ultimately, Reynoso lost his balance on the qualifying course and fell off, meaning he would not be moving on to the finals to compete for the grand prize. Still, he kept his head high and let everyone know on Instagram that he would be back next year to fight for a spot in finals.

“I can’t wait to get back to training and go back next year to reclaim the Glory my feet stole from me. Fell down, but I’m getting back up, again and again. As many times as it takes.”

Reynoso, who currently coaches for the Manhattan Makos, grew up training for the Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics (AGUA) swim team, the club that 2012 U.S. Olympian Lia Neal grew up training with. After that, he swam and pursued an education at the University of Maryland and came back to NYC to swim for Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). At BMCC, he set the City University of New York (CUNY) record in the 50 yard freestyle. Reynoso also teaches swimming at the Imagine School of Swimming in NYC.

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Steve-O Nolan

That comment about his feet better have been made with his tongue firmly implanted in his cheek. (Your feet are part of you, brah! Embrace them!) That phrasing’s super awkward otherwise.

And the training montage they showed before his run had him mention how nervous he was about his balance. It was solid foreshadowing.


We are really proud of you BJ, and the kids love to brag about their famous coach! Keep reaching for it!!


BJ is a great guy – our kids were very excited to see him on TV and we cant wait to watch him again next year – good luck BJ!


Thatta boy Reynoso! UAK

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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