The Titan Games

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The Titan Games with Dwayne Johnson.
The Titan Games with Dwayne Johnson.
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4/5 Stars


Hosted by Dwayne Johnson, this epic competition series shows everyday athletes testing their might in grueling challenges for a chance to win $100 000.


If you enjoyed Ninja Warrior, I promise you are going to love The Titan Games - and not just because of The Rock.

Created and produced by Dwayne Johnson, The Titan Games puts contestant's strength and endurance to the test as they compete against each other in obstacles, designed by The Rock, to earn the title of Titan.

The obstacles are inspired by The Rock's gruelling real-life workouts, so if you ever wondered how he maintains his incredible physique, the show will give some insight into them, which can only be described as punishment, he puts his body through.

But what's most impressive about the competition is that the contestants are not professional athletes; instead, they are "everyday" people who overcame a mountain of obstacles to achieve their fitness and health goals.

Before each contestant takes on the circuit, viewers learn more about their inspirational backstory.

I'm giving you a friendly reminder to keep tissues closeby. If not to wipe away tears after hearing their moving personal victories, then, to wipe the sweat off your forehead from the adrenaline-pumping excitement.

It's hard to point out just one or two contestants. Still, some of the most inspiring competitors include David who lost his leg in 2010, stepping on an IED while serving in Afghanistan, and Kara who had a lung removed at age three - she competes with one lung at 75% lung capacity!

Matt almost died in 2014 due to advanced leukaemia and Melody, nicknamed 'The Pebble' because she looks like a female The Rock, overcame an alcohol addiction.

I'm sure that, as with many people around the world, 2020 has taught me to prioritise my health. Not just when it comes to the choices I make in the kitchen or increasing my weights in the gym - but my psychological wellbeing as well.

And it's incredibly motivating to see a group of "ordinary" people, who transformed their bodies and completely shifted their mindset after overcoming adversity.

These challenges are not easy; imagine Ninja Warrior meets Ultimate Beastmaster. Have an image in mind? Now, multiply the intensity by 50.

What left me with even greater respect for the women contestants is that the weight and height in the obstacles are not adjusted for the women.

That means, if the men have to hammer through a 160kg block of concrete, so do the women - and the same goes for pushing over a 450kg wall with their body weight.

"I have too much respect for women to change it, but more importantly - they wouldn't want it any other way," The Rock said in an Instagram post.

The show doesn't just put the contestant's physical strength and endurance to the test, but also their mental attitude. How does the saying go? Your mind gives up before your body does.

Because of the determination and sheer power of the contestants, the race is often neck-and-neck, and the winner is the contestant who refuses to give up - it's so exhilarating to watch.

The Rock as the host is just the cherry on top; he is engaging with the audience, and his personality is just infectious. He comes across, as down to earth and super relatable - often taking jabs at his famous friends Kevin Hart and even Chris Hemsworth.

He also makes several references to his love for tequila and, honestly, same.

The Rock says that he created the show because he wanted to inspire people, and he definitely hit the nail on the head with this one. The Titan Games is not just about pushing hard at the gym but pushing through in your personal life when you're faced with challenges.

That's certainly a message that I think everyone can relate to today on some level or other.



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