Five Things You Didn’t Know about American Grit

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Five Things You Didn’t Know about American Grit

Five Things You Didn’t Know about American Grit

American Grit is a reality TV show hosted by John Cena that is being broadcast on Fox.  The show sees 16 people in four teams competing for a $250,000 prize by participating in physical challenges set in an outdoor setting based on the exercises used by the US military. Season 1 met with a fair amount of success, which is why Season 2 has started being broadcast on Fox as of June 11, 2017, albeit with some changes to shake things up.

Here are five things that you may or may not have known about American Grit:

Hosted By a WWE Superstar

John Cena started out as a professional wrestler in the UPW in 1999 before switching over to what was then still called the WWF in 2001. Over the course of his career, he has managed to become one of the most polarizing wrestlers in the WWE, which is not unrelated to the fact that he has managed to become one of the most successful wrestlers in the WWE as well. Regardless, it is interesting to note that John Cena is a dedicated supporter of good causes, as shown by the fact that he has granted the most wishes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The Team Leaders Are Veterans

Unsurprisingly, the team leaders serving as cadres to the competitors are veterans from various branches of the US military. For example, Rorke Denver was a US Navy SEAL Commander while Noah Galloway was an US Army member of the famous 101st Airborne Division sometimes called the Screaming Eagles. Likewise, Tawanda Hanible was a Gunnery Sergeant in the US Marine Corps while Nick Irving was a sniper in the US Army.

Stresses Teamwork

American Grit is interesting in that it places increased emphasis on teams through how it has been set up, which is rather appropriate because the most successful militaries are the ones with separate components that are nonetheless of outstanding cooperation. Regardless, the people behind American Grit went out of their way to find people with a wide range of skills and talents, thus ensuring that they could contribute something useful to their teams so long as they were motivated in the right manner.

Open to a Wide Range of People

Given that the people behind American Grit were interested in finding competitors with a wide range of skills and talents, it should come as no surprise to learn that they came from a wide range of backgrounds. For example, the youngest of the competitors from Season 1 was Cameron Zagami at age 22, who was a professional wrestler. In contrast, the oldest of the competitors from Season 1 was Jim Vaglica at age 54, who was a police officer. It is interesting to note that the two winners at the end of Season 1 were the 47-year-old fisherman Clare Painter and the 26-year-old timbersports athlete Mark Bouquin.

New Twist

In Season 1, both Clare Painter and Mark Bouquin of Team Noah managed to outlast their competitors to win the prize of $250,000. However, it has been said that this will no longer be possible in Season 2, which will award the prize to one and only one of the competitors. As a result, it remains to be seen how well the competitors will cooperate in light of this fact, which should make for some exciting interactions.

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