STRONG with Gabrielle Reece is NBC’s new fitness reality contest program . The program is exciting and empowering. Strong premieres Wednesday, April 13 2016 on NBC at 9 pm after The Voice before moving to its regular time slot at 8pm on Thursday, April 14.
I watched advanced screenings of the first two episodes and was fortunate to participate in a press conference where I heard from STRONG’s executive producer Dave Broome and host Gabrielle Reece.
There has been a shift in the world of health and fitness. Skinny is no longer the goal. Today it is all about being fit, getting healthy and feeling strong. (Announcer during the opening of STRONG).
Ten women from various ages and walks of life are paired with ten male elite professional trainers. One woman and one man form a team who compete for a $500,000 prize. The contest criteria is performance based as the teams face incredible challenges each week.
STRONG is brought to us by executive producers Dave Broome (“The Biggest Loser”), Oscar-nominated iconic film star Sylvester Stallone, Kevin King Templeton (“Creed”), and Holly Wofford (“American Ninja Warrior”).
According to executive producer Dave Broome (who brought us “The Biggest Loser”), STRONG is not just a fitness reality show…
I never looked at this as just a fitness show, I look at this as a life transformation show. It is very fast-paced buckle yourself and hold on we move right out of the gate. How do you get someone to wake up in the morning and feel like they can take on the world? To me that was about Overcoming obstacles. To get them physically and mentally fit and strong. The challenges in this show look like Willie Wonka and the chocolate factory minus the chocolate. It is taking people and Giving the opportunity to push themselves into the place where they feel they can conquer something they never thought they could conquer. And they can. That’s what this show does.
STRONG is hosted by former volleyball player, trainer, model and icon Gabrielle Reece. I must disclose that I am a little biased as I think Ms. Reece is amazing. As a host she seems very real and approachable. Her positivity is infectious.
I think something really important that is built into this show is that it is sustainable, these women can go home and they put this into play in their real life. Even though the conversation isn’t about losing weight each and every one of them had unbelievable transformations. This is still something realistic, not everyone got put on a planet somewhere and now they are making all the changes. – Host Gabrielle Reece
Strong With Gabrielle Reece Format
In some ways, Strong is structured like your usual fitness contest reality show. One notable difference compared to some is that STRONG is performance and challenged based. Unlike, “The Biggest Loser” weight loss is not included in the criteria.
We viewers see the trainer and trainee collaborating. They are competing as a team.
I love the fact trainers are not just dictating to the trainees ‘this is what you are going to do‘. There is a collaborative feel between them. The fact they compete together adds another element of team work and community that goes into it. – Said Reece
The contestants compete in several vigorous challenges that push their limits. Then the team who “loses” the challenges must challenge one other team in the elimination round. The elimination tower is a four-story fitness obstacle course.
STRONG’s elimination round is exciting to watch. Producer Dave Broome shared insight. I think what he shared reveals what make STRONG a unique show.
You can never script this stuff. I hear them(the contestants) saying ‘You have to tackle things in life and when you do tackle things in life you come out stronger you come out feeling like you accomplished something.’ This is not the elimination tower because getting through it means you accomplished something whether you stay in the game or not. You come out saying I can do this! I think that tower is in so many ways a metaphor for so many things in life. – Said Bromme
This sums up what impressed me about STRONG. As I viewed the opening two episodes I thought even the “losers” are winners. I also found all the female trainees relatable as they reminded me of myself or other people that I know. I will tell you, I was motivated to hit it extra hard in the gym the next day.
However, I won’t reveal spoilers. It sounds like STRONG’s creators shared my amazement…
I think something really important that is built into this show is that it is sustainable, these women can go home and they put this into play in their real life. Even though the conversation isn’t about losing weight each and every one of them had unbelievable transformations. – Said Reece
Producer David Broome added;
We didn’t care about the weight, that is not a measure … The great thing that happens is weight fall off these people as a side effect.” I want to put muscle on them, I want to change their life, I want to change their mentality.
The end results were that some of the women put on 12, 14, 20+ pounds of lean muscle as part of their transformation to become “STRONG”.
Sneak Preview of NBC’s STRONG with Gabrielle Reece
The following trailer offers a sneak peek into STRONG.
More About NBC’s STRONG with Gabrielle Reece
NBC’s “STRONG” is a fitness competition show like no other. Contestants are embarking on a transformative journey in order to reach their full potential. As they will learn, it’s not necessarily about losing weight but rather, about finding the balance between mind and body. It’s about getting strong.
Professional volleyball player and fitness expert Gabrielle Reece hosts the 10-episode series, from executive producers Dave Broome (“The Biggest Loser”), Oscar-nominated iconic film star Sylvester Stallone, Kevin King Templeton (“Creed”), and Holly Wofford (“American Ninja Warrior”).
Strong premieres Wednesday, April 13 2016 on NBC at 9pm after The Voice before moving to its regular time slot at 8pm on Thursday, April 14.