Fitness Experts Take on Olympic Stars on an All New Season of the Olympic Channel’s “Hitting the Wall”


MADRID Ever wonder what it takes to train like an Olympian? In an all new season of Hitting the Wall, fitness influencers travel the world to take on the intense workouts of Olympic athletes. The twelve-episode original series premieres worldwide on Tuesday, 27 November on the Olympic Channel at and its mobile apps.

Each 8-10-minute episode of Hitting the Wall features a duo of fitness experts challenging themselves to the training regimens of Olympic athletes in 12 different sports including, athletics, boxing, canoe, gymnastics, ice dancing, rowing, ski cross, sport climbing, artistic swimming, taekwondo, water polo and wrestling.

Team USA gymnast and two-time Olympic medallist Laurie Hernandez of New Jersey is known for her big smile when performing, but demonstrates the dedication and toughness required of an elite athlete to compete at the highest level.

“In my gymnastics career I definitely felt that I hit a lot of walls,” said Hernandez. “But pushing through the hard moments made me a better athlete and a better person.”

In addition to demanding workouts, Great Britain’s Joe Clarke, who won gold at the Rio Games in the K1 canoe slalom event, visualises his goals to keep himself motivated.

“The thought of the next Olympics, standing at the top of the podium, hearing the national anthem, what motivates me to keep going”, said Clarke.

In addition to Hernandez and Wiebe, the second season of Hitting the Wall also includes 2017 World Champion in the steeplechase and Olympian Emma Coburn of the USA, ski cross Olympic gold medallist Brady Leman of Canada, Italy’s 2014 world champions in ice dancing and Olympians Luca Lanotte and Anna Cappellini, Team GB Olympians Tom Ransley in rowing and two-time medallist Lutalo Muhammad in taekwondo.

Hitting the Wall is produced exclusively for the Olympic Channel by Whistle Sports, a global sports media company.

The Olympic Channel is an over-the-top (OTT) global media destination where fans can experience the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round, and is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at

Olympic Channel Episode Guide: Hitting the Wall

Episode 1 – Can the Buff Dudes survive an Olympic wrestling workout?  

The Buff Dudes meet Canada’s Olympic wrestling champion Erica Wiebe and go through a day of her intense training.

Episode 2 – Two-time Olympic medallist shares the training secrets of rowing   

Fitness influencer Kelsey Lee and football freestyler DC meet up with Team GB Olympic rower Tom Ransley and try out his training program.

Episode 3 – Can these fitness experts survive an ice dancing workout?

Karina and Carmen tackle ice dancing training with 2014 world champions and Olympians Luca Lanotte and Anna Cappellini of Italy.

Episode 4 – Can anyone keep up with the gymnastics workout of phenom Laurie Hernandez? 

Fitness duo Austin and Julian try training with U.S. Olympic gold medallist Laurie Hernandez at her hometown gym.

Episode 5 – Olympic champion gives the Buff Dudes a taste of a ski cross workout 

The Buff Dudes meet Canada’s ski cross Olympic gold medallist Brady Leman to go through a day of his demanding indoor training.

Episode 6 – See what goes into a taekwondo Olympic medallist’s intense workout 

Social influencers Kelsey Lee and DC meet up with Team GB Olympian and two-time medallist Lutalo Muhammad to attempt his training regime.

Episode 7 – Sport climbing champion stuns Karina and Carmen with his training regime 

Karina and Carmen meet up with Cesar Grosso to see what it takes to train for one of the newest Olympic sports – sport climbing.

Episode 8 – Can Austin and Julian keep up with Emma Coburn’s steeplechase workout? 

The fitness duo attempts an intense steeplechase training session with 2017 world champion Emma Coburn of the U.S. setting the pace.

Episode 9 – Canada’s artistic swimming team challenges the Buff Dudes to a workout

The Buff Dudes meet up with Olympic artistic swimmers Claudia Holzner and Jacqueline Simoneau to experience a day of their training.

Episode 10 – Who can survive an Olympic gold medallist’s canoe slalom workout?   

Team Great Britain gold medallist Joe Clarke puts Kelsey and DC through a highly demanding training session for canoe slalom.

Episode 11 – Can fitness experts keep up with a water polo workout from Team Italy? 

Olympic silver medallist Matteo Aicardi tests fitness influencers Karina and Carmen to see if they can keep up with his demanding workout.

Episode 12 – Can this fitness duo hang with an Olympic medallist’s boxing workout? 

Fitness duo Austin and Julian meet up with London 2012 bronze medallist Marlen Esparza to see if they have what it takes to keep up.


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