‘American Tarzan’ Challenges Contestants To Brave Mother Nature’s Toughest Obstacle Course

Summer is usually the season for several new shows that feature some type of obstacle course challenge. American Tarzan takes that idea to a whole new level and according to TV Series Finale, American Tarzan is a new survival competition series that will take place on the remote Caribbean island of Dominica. The seven American Tarzan participants must learn to not only survive the different types of terrain that they will find themselves in, but they must be able to master and overcome any obstacles that nature has to offer.

There was a time that in order to survive, humans had to learn to stalk prey, climb trees to escape predators, and use any resources available to their advantage. Although that time may be long gone, there are still men and women who crave the challenge of blazing through forests, swimming raging rapids, and spending their days in the treetops surveying the world below. Now, this new series will follow the seven men and women as they attempt to stay the course and be the one who will claim the title of American Tarzan.

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The seven participants of American Tarzan will begin their epic journey by kayaking through open water in order to reach their destination. Once on the island, their first challenge will be to quickly navigate through a dangerous and almost impenetrable jungle. Vines, roots, steep cliffs, and a myriad of other dangerous flora and fauna will make every step the American Tarzan participants take a difficult one, and this is just the beginning. Besides using not much more than the very basic of tools, the American Tarzan challengers will have to dig deep to find the mental toughness and brute strength necessary to push through each extreme obstacle.

Over the following weeks, the seven American Tarzan participants will journey through four distinct types of terrain. Once they make it through the jungle, they will then face new challenges along the coast and through raging rivers. The American Tarzan challengers will then head toward the towering mountains and steep canyons to see what harsh new surprises await them there. As if the American Tarzan competition itself weren’t difficult enough, it will be imperative that they know how to forage for food in order to keep their energy levels up so they have the strength to complete and conquer all obstacles that may be in their path.

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Real Screen shared that the American Tarzan contestants include personal trainer Brandon Morrison, who can lift over 600 pounds and hails from Seattle, Washington; Derek Knutson lives in Hayward, Wisconsin and is a speed climber and timber sports athlete; ER nurse Kim Liszka is from Macungie, Pennsylvania and can run 26 miles uphill without a break. Maria Herrera is a bartender from San Diego, California and has tremendous upper body strength; stay-at-home dad Tim Olson is from Boulder, Colorado and is a super endurance athlete; security contractor Tim Reames lives in Austin, Texas and his military training taught him to ignore pain through mental conditioning; Jeremy Guarino is a small business owner and parkour master from Buffalo, New York.

A Discovery press release noted that Sharp Entertainment’s Matt Sharp and Dan Adler serve as executive producers of American Tarzan, alongside Discovery Channel’s Joseph Boyle and Kyle Wheeler. The Discovery network is distributed to over 100.8 million U.S. homes, and is seen in 224 countries and territories. Discovery offers viewers a mixture of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across several genres including science and technology, exploration, adventure, and history. The network also provides an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the people, places, and organizations that shape our world.

Will you be checking out this exciting new series? Leave your comments, thoughts, and opinions below. American Tarzan premieres on Wednesday, July 6 at 10 p.m. ET on the Discovery Channel.

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