3. Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge (NBC)
Everyone knows someone who has done a Spartan race, but now you can see what happens when things get kicked up a level. Teams of five work through the most demanding Spartan course ever designed to try to win $250,000. The course requires lots of strength and endurance — there are ropes to climb, barbed wire to crawl under, and a 45-degree incline wall covered in slippery mud to hoist yourself over and conquer. To help, each team includes an elite Spartan athlete who will get everyone to work together and push their limits. While it’s grueling to see the obstacles they’re put through, it’s also heartening to hear how supportive teammates are of each other.
Difficulty of workouts: 7
Credentials of hosts/trainers: 8
Gimmick factor: 8