Dwayne Johnson’s New Show Is a Mix of Strength Sports and American Gladiators

Earlier this week, the first official trailer for the new NBC game show The Titan Games aired on TV and on Dwayne Johnson’s Instagram page, and it immediately grabbed our attention. This show is set to premiere on January 2nd, and while we know game-style shows can be pretty hit or miss, we’re huge fans of The Rock and epic displays of strength. So we’re being cautiously optimistic.

There aren’t many shows that are currently airing that really take a focal point on expressing strength. There was the recent show American Grit hosted by John Cena which had competitors do individual challenges, some of which involved strength, and American Ninja Warrior has some pretty serious climbing and gymnastic challenges, but The Titan Games looks like it’s on a whole other level.

In addition to hosting the show Johnson is one of the producers, alongside Arthur Smith (producer of American Ninja Warrior) and many others. Needless to say, we’ve got high hopes for what this show could be; maybe it will be the 2019 version of American Gladiators. Check out Johnson’s Instagram preview video below.

Peep all of the barbell training in the preview, and shout to Chris Ruden who made an appearance doing a deadlift!

In NBC’s description of the show they write,

Inspired by Dwayne Johnson’s desire to motivate global audiences to reach their potential both mentally and physically, this inspiring new athletic competition series offers everyday people the opportunity to step inside the Titan arena and achieve the impossible. Every episode, six contenders compete against one of six reigning Titans.

They will be challenged in incredible head-to-head battles designed to test the minds, bodies and hearts of our competitors. Sheer brute strength won’t be enough. If a contender rises to the occasion and defeats one of the Titans, they take their place and join the elite Titan group. But once one becomes a Titan, they must be victorious every week to keep their spot. In the epic season finale, the Titans battle it out against one another in the hope of becoming the last male and female standing.

[Watch The Rock’s other half Kevin Hart do strongman and pull a car in his own fitness show here!]

With the recent boom in strength sports, maybe this show can open more minds to the benefits of becoming physically active and training for strength and performance, be it through conventional or unconventional styles of training. We have high hopes for this show; don’t let us down, Dwayne!

Feature image from @therock Instagram page.

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend.

He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

As of right now, Jake has published over 1,200 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter.

On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.

Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and a personal trainer the three years before that, and most recently he was the content writer at The Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office.

Jake competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a professional knee rehabber after tearing his quad squatting in 2017. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in New York City.

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