American Grit and Strong aim to prove Im not here to get thin is the new Im not here to make friends or so the producers would like viewers to believe
A recent analyse showed that many young people would rather exercise than go out for a beverage. This aligns perfectly with a trend that weve been assuring in reality television where tough guy depicts like Naked and Afraid and American Ninja Warrior are some of the only programmes to break out in the genre in recent years. Now the networks are doubling down on these exercise-centric demonstrates. This week NBC premieres Strong on Wednesday 13 April, at 9pm EST, and Fox premieres American Grit on Thursday 14 April, at 9pm EST.
While both are riffs on similar reality tropes theyre trying to capitalize on something greater that is running through the culture from Instagram fitness inspiration to the rise of athleisure, CrossFit and bodycon. Its as if the network suits ultimately bothered to stray into their local cold-pressed juice bar and realize what is happening around them.
Strong is reminiscent of NBCs long-running hit The Biggest Loser, where overweight contestants compete in physical rivalries. But on Strong, each of the 10 plus-sized women are teamed up with a handsome male fitness professional. Their arms are bulging and the sleeves of their shirts call out from the strain. The demonstrates host Gabrielle Reece likes to say: Strong is the new skinny. These women arent here simply to look good in a bikini, but to have the physical and psychological toughness of someone who does a lot more in yoga gasps than pick up the kids from school and shop at the farmers market. At least thats what the producers would like us to believe.
The 10 teams of two compete together and separately in physical challenges, like when they and their trainers have to simultaneously climb both sides of a wall employing merely removable peg they both have to share. The winning duo get $500,000 at the end and all the women get a brand new body to show off at the end of the episode. They say theyre not here to get thin, but the prominence of the big disclose tells us that a smaller dress sizing is the real prize.
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