Two Cincinnati contestants on 'American Grit'

Two Cincinnati contestants on 'American Grit'

FOX19 - "American Grit" starring WWE superstar John Cena premieres Thursday at 9 p.m. on FOX19 NOW.

It brings together 16 of the toughest men and women in the country who will be split into four teams.

They have to work together and face a variety of military-grade and survival-themed challenges.  The competitors have diverse back grounds ranging from and a pro-football player, SWAT team member, and an Olympic medalist.

Among them is Cincinnati native Ashley Hazlett.  She competes in competes in obstacle course racing, and she heard about "American Grit" through a friend.

A little blurb on Instagram asked, "Are you tough enough?"

That friend thought immediately about Ashley.

After a phone, Skype and in person interview out in L.A., Ashley was headed to Washington state for starting taping the show just in time for that harsh and brutal Pacific Northwest winter.

The daughter of a marine, Ashley says her entire life has prepared her for the competition. Saying, "I can't do it," was not an option in her family for her or her younger brother who is now in the Army.

However, she and her dad watched seal team training videos online which helped her prepare mentally.

The winning team gets a $1 million prize.

Ashley grew up in Landen and right now works as an internal events coordinator.

Her dad John served in the Marines for 12 years.

There is another contestant who has a semi-connection to our area.  Marc Lobliner serves as the chief marketing officer for Tiger Fitness located in Loveland.

He spends about two weeks every month in the Tri-State to attend to his business affairs.  Lobliner says "American Grit" was a tough experience.  The challenges are designed to make you quit he told FOX19 NOW.

He says being on the show inspired him, and feels that watching the show will inspire viewers.

There's a viewing party Thursday starting at 7:30 at The Works Brick Oven Restaurant in Loveland.  Hazlett, Lobiner and Tony Simmons will be in attendance.

You can watch a 21 minute preview of the show here.

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