American Ninja Warrior Video: How Jessie Graff Preps for Her Finale Run

To tackle the challenging final obstacle courses, American Ninja Warrior contestant Jessie Graff — the first woman to ever complete Stage 1 — needs exercise, practice, smoothies (no cayenne, thank you!) and… a little R&R with a pig.

In the following exclusive 24B4 video detailing the hours before her run, Graff credits her beloved pet with keeping her focused and relaxed.

“I have to not let the adrenaline kick in too early, and that’s where Sammo comes in,” Graff says, cozying up with the hog. “I melt when I see her snout. She’s so flippin’ cute. And I don’t mind sitting still when she’s around.”

As competition nears, the Supergirl stuntwoman packs essentials for the long night ahead, including dark chocolate espresso beans to stay alert and a blanket to keep warm.

Once on site, Graff studies the course — Stage 2 includes five new obstacles: Giant Ring Swing, Down-Up Salmon Ladder, Hourglass to Atari, Double Wedge and Wall Flip — and practices her route… as her male counterparts playfully mimic her.

The two-hour season finale of American Ninja Warrior airs Monday at 8/7c on NBC.

Press PLAY below to watch Graff get ready to take on the final stages, then hit the comments with your words of encouragement.

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  1. Data1001 says:

    She’s so much fun to watch.

  2. Kelly says:

    She just makes me feel more lazy than i already do.😉 Need to get up off my butt. Absolutely LOVE the 3 competitors copying her before the race. HILARIOUS!

  3. jayel16 says:

    Go, Jessie! You are amazing!

  4. Phun says:

    Good luck Jessie!

  5. Jim says:

    Good luck Jessie. I hope you win the million. I got money on you have fun and win

  6. ss says:

    Jessie – on the off chance you see this – you have been an inspiration to my daughters. We have cheered SO hard for you. Can’t wait to see you on Supergirl.

  7. Sheldon Francy says:

    Go get them Jessie,good luck your awesome!

  8. Colleen Culhane says:

    So very impressed and motivated by you. I hope you make it all the way. Thank you for showing the world what a healthy motivated person can do. Best wishes.

  9. Mike D says:

    I’m sure it’s taped….so good luck Jessie! See ya in stage 4!!

  10. aj says:

    Go Jessie I’m rooting for you. You rock!

  11. Kriss Johnson says:

    Good luck you are the best!

  12. nope says:

    Being realistic, she probably won’t win. No, not because she’s a woman, just because statistically, everyone that’s gotten this far is a total badass, and only the fastest person to successfully accomplish everything can be declared the winner. The fact that there are more than 2 competitors means I wouldn’t be willing to assign more than a 50% probability of any one person winning.

    But I really hope she wins. She’s so awesome.