The fittest people in America have come collectively to face off in “The Titan Games,” a model new bodily opponents hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on NBC. As authorities producer, Johnson created feats of vitality impressed by the extraordinary workouts he’s executed to kind himself. At 8 p.m. every Thursday, ladies and men face off in intense bodily challenges and obstacles that push their vitality, agility and endurance to the prohibit.
In addition to one-off contests, much like breaking down picket doorways using 350-pound mallets, there’s a crazy-hard obstacle course known as Mount Olympus, which incorporates toppling a 1,000-pound wall and pushing 450-pound gates up a steep incline. The winner of each match (one man and one lady) is topped a Titan.
In this bracket-style match, the Titans return to face each other in the end for an remaining showdown for the prospect to win $100,000. More than 100,000 people auditioned for below 64 spots.
Meet 5 native rivals who’ve been sturdy ample to make the decrease.
Rob Strauss, 35 | Brick, NJ
Biggest obstacle: The 5-foot-9 athlete is used to scripted pro-wrestling — so he needed to change his mindset for this opponents. “When I go into a match I know who’s going to be the winner and the loser,” he says. “’The Titan Games’ is as real as can be.”
Motivation: Strauss is collaborating in collectively along with his family in ideas. He has the $100,000 prize earmarked for the long run: “I’d put it aside for later for my boys for college,” he says.
Brad Schaeffer, 35 | Weehawken, NJ
Biggest obstacle: Schaeffer, who weighs about 165 kilos, says his lack of huge cumbersome muscle tissues put him at a downside. “There were parts [of the competition] where I didn’t know if I could physically push [a wall] over,” the surgeon says.
Motivation: Inspiring his victims. “[Health and wellness] was always a part of my life,” says the surgeon. “When you’re sitting here telling your patient they need to do x, y, and z or lose weight or do this with a heart condition, and you’re not doing any of that yourself, I never understood that,” he says. “I practice what I preach.”
Gina Policastro, 32 | Fresh Meadows, Queens
Standout talents: “My stamina,” says Policastro, of what models her apart from totally different rivals. “I can zone out and deal with the uncomfortableness for as long as it takes.”
Motivation: Policastro doesn’t let one thing stand in her technique. “I became so into fitness because I wanted to be stronger than the things that had previously kept me down.” Competing in well being competitions helps to level out her how far she’s come. “Win or lose, if you make it through to the other side, you’ve won.”
Kwame Sarfo, 26 | Lives in: Parlin, NJ
Routine: Sarfo has a packed schedule, nonetheless nonetheless manages to hit the gymnasium no matter working as a enterprise analyst, being the COO of a West-African grocery retailer, modeling and taking programs for his grasp’s diploma. “I wake up at about 4:30 a.m. to start my first workout,” Sarfo tells The Post. After warming up by capturing hoops, Sarfo says, “I go to the gym from 5 to 6 a.m. Then I go for my second gym session from 10 to 11 or 12 o’clock. I’m probably working out 12 to 13 hours a week.”
Standout talents: Sarfo reveals his upper-body vitality doing trick pushups, which acquired him on “The Ellen Show” in March 2018. “[I can do] clapping pushups, superman pushups, pushups behind my back. My favorite actually is two-finger pushups and also pushups on the back of my wrist,” the earlier basketball participant says.
Biggest obstacle: “Looking at the courses and all the obstacles that [‘The Titan Games’] had, it really required a lot of endurance,” Sarfo says. His upper-body vitality can be every a blessing and a curse. “If you’re really big on the top you tend to not have so much stamina to run or do things for an extended period of time.”
Frank Sansonetti, 40 | Lives in: Staten Island, NY
Standout talents: “Last summer I benched 435 [pounds]. I’ve shoulder pressed 235 over my head,” Sansonetti says. “People come up to me on the street and say, ‘How do I look like you?’ I’m like, start when you’re young.” Sansonetti acquired giant at 22. “Look at those bodybuilders, Arnold Schwarzenegger and [Lou] Ferrigno,” he says. “Those guys started when they were 17.”
Biggest obstacle: As the oldest male competitor in “The Titan Games,” Sansonetti wanted to maintain with males half his age. “I was like the Tasmanian devil in the gym when I was 25,” he says. “Now at 40, I’m a little slower.”