Mike Barwis New Show "American Muscle" premiers July 9

Submitted by umhero on June 12th, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Mike Barwis has a new reality show premiering on the Discovery Channel next month.

At the Barwis Methods Training Center, Mike Barwis and his staff of dedicated, blue collar trainers take on everyone from NFL players, to Wild West bull riders, to paraplegics looking to walk again.

This season on AMERICAN MUSCLE, Barwis and his team of trainers will be working with several professional athletes at the top of their respective fields, including: Richard Sherman (Seattle Seahawks), Nick Swisher (Cleveland Indians), Rashad Evans (UFC), Ndamukong Suh (Detroit Lions), DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers), Pierre Garcon (Washington Redskins), Shawne Merriman (former NFL player),  Baron Davis (former NBA player), and many more.

It should be fun to watch. It will be fun to hear that gravelly voice again. Do you think his wolves will make an appearance?



Bando Calrissian

June 12th, 2014 at 12:21 PM ^

Here's the thing, and I wish I could find the article again years later, but there were claims made in the initial Barwis-mania in 2008 that he'd never had a guy go down with a huge injury like that. It was specifically stated that the guy's methods were somehow fine-tuned to prevent the kinds of major injuries people attribute to poor conditioning/overstrengthening the wrong muscles. I remember reading the thing and saying "well, that's going to bite him in the ass."

Honestly, I think the guy is innovative and all, and he's certainly a wacky personality, but the whole Cult of Barwis thing always seemed a bit overblown to me.


June 12th, 2014 at 12:31 PM ^

he did for Brock Mealer but I agree with you.

I remember the story was that we were going to be so strong we were going to be blowing people away in the fourth quarther. In reality it seemed like the opposite and I think it was because he goes for tremendous strength and not stamina. Maybe it would have proven to work if it was given more time.

He's a great motivator though.


June 12th, 2014 at 12:46 PM ^

and that would be on Rich Rod. All I know is we got run over in the fourth quarter time after time. The reason I put part of it on Barwis is because Hoke took those same small players and didn't have the fourth quarter problems in 2011 and one of the major changes seemed to be conditioning although there were also a lot of other factors.


June 12th, 2014 at 12:38 PM ^

But there were quite a few good things / silver linings that came from the RR years. Mike Barwis finding a home in Michigan and establishing his gym I think is one of them. Not only for Mike and his family, but all the others that he's helped along the way. Brock Mealer is the one that we all know, but following Mike on twitter he's got lots of people in there learning to walk again.


June 12th, 2014 at 1:12 PM ^

I bought into the notion that he was going to turn us into relentless machines that would run through, over, under, and past our opposition. Sadly, for whatever reason, that never seemed close to occurring.

I still like the guy though, and he's got the perfect personality for that show premise. Most "reality" shows are unbearably stupid and contrived bullshit, but I'll probably watch an episode or two.


June 12th, 2014 at 1:35 PM ^

Barwis never had a class of fifth year seniors to work with, or even fourth year seniors.  When he was at Michigan, his underclassmen did a decent job of standing toe to toe with other teams' upperclassmen.  That extra two or three years of training, not to mention the natural HGH we all have at that age, makes a big difference.

I think the standard for criticizing Barwis for what he did at Michigan should be as follows: if you have your own cable TV show, you can criticize him.  Otherwise, it comes off as sour grapes that have had way too long to ferment.

Naked Bootlegger

June 12th, 2014 at 1:36 PM ^

will be working with several professional athletes at the top of their respective fields, including: Richard Sherman (Seattle Seahawks), Nick Swisher (Cleveland Indians)

Srsly? Nick Swisher as a representative professional baseball player at the top of his game? C'mon, now.