TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fitness reality has little originality, lots of competition.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Focuses on strength of mind and body; benefits of weight loss also a theme.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Trainers encourage, sometimes tease; some very competitive.


Exercises are physically aggressive; references to bullying. 


Women discuss feeling unattractive, husbands disinterested; adultery referenced.


"Damn," bleeped curses.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Personal stories mention alcoholism.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Strong highlights building physical and emotional strength as a way of being healthy but also celebrates weight loss. There's some occasional strong language (with curses bleeped) and some competitive behavior. Exercises are often physically aggressive, and trainers motivate by being positive, yelling, and, on occasion, teasing.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLondon_England May 25, 2020

I love it!

I love it! I watch it with my kids and they love it! it has some grate positive self talk!
Teen, 17 years old Written bySofabanana March 20, 2020

Good Role Models

I think this show is really creative, and interesting. Unlike most game shows the people are less in it for the money, and more in it to get fit. It shows the t... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 13, 2019

Fantastic Show, Positive Messages.

This show highlights the progress of unfit women partnered with the best male trainers in the biz. The premise of the show is the transformation stories of the... Continue reading

What's the story?

Executive-produced by Sylvester Stallone, STRONG is a reality competition designed to highlight getting stronger rather than just getting thinner. Hosted by Olympic volleyball player Gabrielle Reece, the reality series features 10 top male trainers with different fitness backgrounds and approaches teaming up with physically unfit women to help them build their physical and mental strength. Each episode features the teams competing side by side in a power challenge, the loser of which must head to the obstacle course in the Elimination Tower. The winning team chooses the pair that will battle against them to stay in the game. The team remaining at the end of the competition wins $500,000. At the end of each show, the eliminated contestant's weight loss transformation, with the continued help of the National Academy of Sports Medicine, is revealed.

Is it any good?

This unoriginal competition attempts to underscore that getting healthy and building strength shouldn't be the only goal when working out. As such, most of the conversations throughout the workouts and challenges are about being physically and emotionally strong enough to get through it. Nonetheless, weight loss is happily revealed as part of the women's success stories.

Despite the lack of weigh-ins, there's enough competitive -- and sometimes unpleasant -- behavior, especially among the trainers, to stir things up. The ongoing training sessions in between challenges also get a little tedious. Folks may be inspired by the whole thing, but despite the claims it makes, it really doesn't offer anything new.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it means to be fit vs. being thin. What is the difference? Can you be thin and still be unhealthy? Do TV shows such as this one clearly send this message to viewers? Why, or why not? How can these messages affect the way people understand how their bodies look and work?

  • What does your family do to stay healthy? Is it fun? What are the benefits? 

TV details

  • Premiere date: April 13, 2016
  • Cast: Gabrielle Reece
  • Network: NBC
  • Genre: Game Shows
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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