This has been a fun and exciting summer of television. I have been a fan of American Ninja Warrior for several years now, but this year, the networks have taken the competition shows up a notch. I have added two new team competition shows, American Grit and Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge, to my list of favorites and hope they will return next year. American Grit actually premiered in the spring, but ended in June.
American Grit – Four teams of four, guided by military personnel (“The Cadre”), embark on challenges that mirror actual military training. Some of the challenges included breaking down camp and setting it back up in another location; building a shelter, purifying water, and making a fire using very basic supplies; and using a compass and map to navigate to a checkpoint out in the forest, then navigating back to the starting point. The team who wins the challenge gets a reward and is also safe from having a team member eliminated. The Cadre for the other teams must select one member of the team to participate in “The Circus.” The Circus involves a brutal obstacle course followed by an endurance challenge. Endurance challenges ranged from squatting in a small enclosure while balancing a cylinder on a block to performing sets of burpees followed by immersing your entire body in ice. The first person to “fail” the endurance challenge is eliminated. Remaining team members must carry out future missions and face The Circus despite their shrinking numbers. The ultimate prize is $250,000 for each team member who survives the final Circus.
- Down and Dirty: The Essential Training Guide for Obstacle Races and Mud Runs
- Obstacle Race Training
- Off Course: Inside the Mad, Muddy World of Obstacle Course Racing
- Spartan Up!: A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life
- Way of the Reaper: My Greatest Untold Missions and the Art of Being a Sniper (Leader of Team Nick on American Grit)