American Grit With John Cena: Cast, Show Information & Episode Recap

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American Grit featuring WWE superstar John Cena (Instagram @johncena) is a new reality TV series that will be premiering April 14th, 2016, on Fox.

The show is comprised of 10 episodes, all competition based. 16 of America’s toughest men and women will tackle some of the most intense and thrilling challenges reality TV has ever seen. American Grit will be the ultimate test of the human spirit, strength, grit and teamwork.

American Grit competitor teaser featuring Marc Lobliner.

Episodes feature four teams who will work together to face military-grade and survival-style tests. The show’s civilian competitors will be pushed to their limits and beyond by John Cena and a collection of some of the most veteran and hardcore real life heroes from exclusive military units. Known as “the Cadre,” these mentors include:

  • Rorke Denver – Navy Seal Commander and author. Led special forces missions in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and several other “hot” international zones. Author of the New York Times bestseller Damn Few. Starred in the feature film Act of Valor. Instagram @rorketdenver.
  • Noah Galloway – A US Army solider who lost part of his left arm and left leg during the Iraq War. Noah is also a motivational speaker and model, and was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars season 20. Instagram @noahgallowayathlete.
  • Tawanda “Tee” Hanible – Gunnery Sgt. “Tee” Hanible is the founder of the organization American Heroes Connect, a group that pairs soldiers and veterans as full-time mentors for at-risk youth. Instagram @therealteemarie.
  • Nick “The Reaper” Irving – Former Special Forces Direct Action Sniper in the 3rd Ranger Battalion. Nicknamed “The Reaper” because of a confirmed body count of 33, Nick Irving wrote and published a book about his time in the military called The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers. Instagram @officialreaper33.

American Grit Cadre

“The Cadre” from left to right: Noah Galloway, Nick Irving, John Cena, Tee Hanible, and Rorke Denver.

American Grit will embody the military mantra “no man left behind.” Only the team that places first in the main competition will be safe from elimination. Each episode will culminate with a brutal and punishing event called “The Circus,” designed to separate the strong contestants from the weak.

Produced by Leftfield Pictures, American Grit will have up to a million dollars in prize money up for grabs.

John Cena Talks About American Grit

“The U.S Military is the epitome of resolve and dedication, which is why I am so excited to be a part of AMERICAN GRIT. This show will not only be a challenging and fierce competition, but it will give viewers a glimpse into the perseverance and training of the men and women of the Armed Forces.”

The Cast of American Grit

Marc Lobliner

Competitor Marc “The Machine” Lobliner kisses a gigantic John Cena action figure.

Marc “The Machine” Lobliner – Instagram @marclobliner. CEO of MTS Nutrition, CMO of Tiger Fitness, and professional bodybuilder.

Tony “Touchdown’ Simmons – Instagram @Coachtdtony. Former NFL and CFL athlete and UW Badger Sports Performance coach/athlete.

Tabatha Armour – Instagram @MsTabatha. Nurse and Roller Derby princess known as “Goldie Knocks.”

Lisa Traugott – Instagram @Lisa Traugott. Bikini Winner, Writer, trainer, and mom who lost 50 pounds. Her book, “She’s Losing It!” is free on Amazon.

K-Joy Lipson – Instagram @kjoylipson. Yoga instructor at Black Swan Yoga and Joy Yoga Center.

Chris Krueger – Instagram @chriskruegertsc. Strength coach and trainer to the stars who helps incredible people be even better.

Maria Kang – Instagram @mariakangfitness. Mompreneur, devoted wife, fitness enthusiast, elderly care business owner, nonprofit founder, and author.

David Neville – Instagram @davidneville3. Olympic Gold/Bronze medalist in track and field, track and field coach, Elite Performance coach, Minister of the Gospel of Christ.

Mario Robinson – Instagram @mario27robinson. Certified trainer and nutrition coach, Team USA triathlete.

Mark-Frank Bouquin – Instagram @markblumberjack. Arborist, timber sports athlete, and outdoor enthusiast.

Clare Painter – Instagram @barefootranch. Former Alaskan fisherman and current instructor at Natural Hoof Care and Foundation Training.

Brooke Van Paris – Instagram @brookevanparis. “Beast mode Barbie” is an Elite OCR female athlete and 2015 OCR World Championship competitor.

Cam Zagami – Instagram @camzagami. 22 year old professional wrestler who performs primarily in the Northeastern United States.

Ashley Hazlett – Instagram @bighaze22. Mud runner, OCRWR competitor, collector of dead things. Happy all the time.

Jim Vaglica – Instagram @jimvaglica. Strength and conditioning specialist, Jim from Mark Burnett’s Expedition Impossible. police sergeant, 16 years on SWAT, sponsored athlete and writer.

Ivette Saucedo – Instagram @ivettesaucedo. Fitness obsessed, makeup lovin’ fashionista. Queen of the Universe 2013.

Marc Lobliner

American Grit Competitors Ashley Hazlett and Marc Lobliner.

Marc “The Machine” Lobliner Discusses His American Grit Experience

I embarked on a journey unlike anything I have ever done. Alongside 15 other elite athletes including an Olympic gold medalist and an NFL wide receiver, I represented a sport known more for its non-functional looks than its athleticism –  bodybuilding.

I was challenged in a way that I never imagined possible, pushing beyond my physical limitations through mental fortitude. Where the mind leads the body follows, and I wasn’t about to let my family and supporters down.

It is an honor to be a part of #AmericanGrit hosted by John Cena. Did I give it my all? Will you be proud of me? Did I show the world that I earned the nickname “The Machine” and established #machinegrit? You will find out shortly, airing April 14 on Fox.

Did I have #machinegrit?

John Cena American Grit With “The Machine” Marc Lobliner!

American Grit Cast Photos

American Grit Cast

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American Grit Spoilers and Episode Recap

Coming soon. Check back for episode updates.

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