American Grit

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  • 2016
  • 2 Seasons
  • 6.9  (505)

American Grit is a competitive reality TV show that aired on FOX from 2016 to 2017. The show is hosted by WWE superstar John Cena and features four military veterans, known as the Cadre, who lead a team of four civilians through a series of physically and mentally challenging obstacles. The goal of the show is to push the contestants to their breaking points and help them discover their inner strength and resilience.

The first season of American Grit premiered on April 14, 2016 and featured 16 contestants divided into teams of four. The Cadre were made up of Marine Gunnery Sergeant Tee Hanible, Army Sergeant Noah Galloway, Navy SEAL Commander Rorke Denver, and Army Ranger Nick Irving. Each week, the teams competed in a variety of challenges, such as carrying heavy logs, navigating obstacle courses, and surviving in the wilderness. The losing team would face an elimination round, where one member would be sent home.

Throughout the season, the contestants faced not only physical challenges but also emotional ones. Many of them had personal stories of hardship and adversity, and the show sought to highlight their struggles and inspire viewers to overcome their own obstacles. The Cadre served as mentors and role models, pushing their teams to never give up and always strive for excellence.

The winner of the first season of American Grit was Tawanda “Tee” Hanible’s team member, Clare Painter. Clare, a mother of three from Sparks, Nevada, survived six weeks of grueling challenges to take home the $250,000 prize. She credited her success to the support and encouragement of her teammates and Cadre.

The second season of American Grit aired from June 11 to August 6, 2017 and featured a new set of contestants and Cadre. The Cadre for season two included Marine Gunnery Sergeant and combat veteran Chloe Mondesir, Navy SEAL Master Chief and fitness expert J.M. Smith, Army Ranger and survival expert Grady Powell, and Green Beret and Special Forces sniper Brooke Van Poppelen.

Similar to the first season, season two saw the 17 contestants broken up into teams of four and competing in a variety of physical and mental challenges. The contestants faced obstacles such as carrying heavy sandbags, running obstacle courses, and solving puzzles while dangling off the edge of a tall building. The losing team would again face an elimination round, where one member would be eliminated from the competition.

Despite the change in cast, season two of American Grit continued to emphasize themes of teamwork, perseverance, and inner strength. Contestants such as John Burk, a retired Army veteran who lost over 180 pounds in preparation for the show, and Mark Bouquin, a firefighter who survived a helicopter crash, shared their personal stories of hardship and how they overcame them.

The winner of season two of American Grit was Army veteran and fitness trainer Melanie Mahanna, who won $250,000. Mahanna, who was originally eliminated from the competition in episode two, returned to the show as part of a twist and managed to outlast the other three finalists.

Overall, American Grit is an inspiring and emotional show that showcases the resilience of the human spirit. The contestants and Cadre provide a powerful example of how pushing oneself to their limits can lead to personal growth and triumph over adversity. The challenges are intense and demanding, but the show also emphasizes the importance of teamwork and camaraderie. If you're looking for a show that will motivate and inspire you, American Grit is a great choice.

American Grit is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (20 episodes). The series first aired on April 14, 2016.

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Who's Got Grit?
10. Who's Got Grit?
August 6, 2017
The winner is revealed.
Cena Says
9. Cena Says
August 6, 2017
After an upsetting elimination, WWE® Superstar John Cena® decides to spend quality time with the remaining contestants and reveals personal information about himself. During the challenge, contestants are surprised when they discover that they must remember everything John told them in order to win.
Shady Grady
8. Shady Grady
July 30, 2017
WWE® Superstar John Cena® delivers news to The Cadre that changes the game play and ups the stakes, especially with a double elimination on the horizon. With this in mind, one cadre confronts another about forming an alliance, leaving the other two upset. This week's challenge is all about aggression and for the first time, each team will have a chance to knock another team into elimination by directly competing against each other. Emotions run high before the elimination challenge and some feel betrayed, but only one will survive this week.
Role Reversal
7. Role Reversal
July 23, 2017
After an upsetting elimination challenge, it is decided that the contestants need some tough love; gossip raises tension back at camp.
Selfish Vs. Selfless
6. Selfish Vs. Selfless
July 16, 2017
Contestants must race to an array of boxes and choose between helping themselves or helping their teams.
Camp Love
5. Camp Love
July 9, 2017
The teams are shocked to learn who survived elimination; each team's strategic skills are put to the test when they have to choose which prize puzzle they will solve; two contestants get closer to each other, complicating the elimination challenge.
Secrets Are Revealed
4. Secrets Are Revealed
July 2, 2017
Contestants must learn to work together when they are tasked with a foot race in the muck, and they are tied together for the challenge.
Liar Liar
3. Liar Liar
June 25, 2017
The cadre appoint team captains, who guide their teams in a boat race while their teammates are blindfolded. Later, one participant makes a shocking revelation; host John Cena surprises one competitor with a heart-felt field trip; and three rival contestants compete in the elimination challenge.
Cena Does the Dishes
2. Cena Does the Dishes
June 18, 2017
The contestants learns about personal sacrifice during the first team challenge; the winning cadre leader chooses three rival contestants to face off in the individual elimination challenge.
Find Your Grit
1. Find Your Grit
June 11, 2017
WWE® Superstar John Cena™, along with a brand-new group of mentors – Infantry Drill Sergeant with the U.S Army John Burk, a U.S. Marine Riki Long, an Ammunition Technician with the U.S. Marines Chloe Mondesir and Green Beret Grady Powell – welcome 17 competitors, who either lost their grit or never had it, to sunny Hampton Island, GA. There, the Cadre will hand-pick competitors to be on their teams and take them under their wings as they lead them through all-new team and individual challenges to help them find their grit. With something to prove and a quarter of a million dollars at stake, they must either wipe their tears and step up or "ring out" and go home in the
Where to Watch American Grit
American Grit is available for streaming on the FOX website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch American Grit on demand at Vudu.
  • Premiere Date
    April 14, 2016
  • IMDB Rating
    6.9  (505)