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Pac-12 coach has tie to new reality show

7/2/2014

Every wonder what it's like to go through a strength and conditioning program that college football players go through?

Well, the wait is (sort of) over. In one week, football fans will get a look inside the metro Detroit training facility of Rich Rodriguez's former director of strength and conditioning, Mike Barwis, in the Discovery Channel reality TV show "American Muscle," which premiers July 9 at 9 p.m. ET.

Barwis worked with Rodriguez at West Virginia (2003-2007) and Michigan (2008-2011), but stayed in Michigan after the 2011 season to begin Barwis Methods, where he trains college and professional athletes as well as paraplegics, which will be a very interesting aspect of "American Muscle."

The reality show will chronicle Barwis through his unique training regimen (check out the show's trailer and the show's website here). Former Stanford and current Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman will appear on the pilot episode. Other NFL players such as Ndamukong Suh, Tyrann Mathieu and Pierre Garcon will also appear during the first season.

"I had designed [the system] before we met, but specifically adapted it to meet his needs in football,” Barwis said of Rodriguez. "His is a unique style of play that requires a specific dynamic in the development of athletes to play in the fast paced style of football. My two assistants now run his program the same way at Arizona."