Local Man to Compete on NBC’s STRONG


A Big Country man has been chosen to compete on a national reality TV show which will put his physical fitness to the test. 

Bennie Wylie, 39, of Tuscola, Texas, will be one of “10 of the most elite male fitness trainers in the nation” appearing on NBC’s “STRONG” series, a fitness competition that pairs a trainer with a woman wanting to lose weight and get mentally and physically stronger.

Wylie was chosen to compete with Jill May, a Minnesota mother of four who was once active and athletic in college but has let herself go with the stress of parenting. She now wants to get back in shape to be an inspiration for moms everywhere.

Wylie and May will face challenges side-by-side that are designed to push them to the limits of their strength, endurance, and mental stamina.

Weekly transformations will be revealed, and one team will get sent home every week until the winning pair remains. This dynamic duo will take home a $500,000 cash prize.

The show will be hosted by Professional volleyball player and fitness expert Gabrielle Reece and will debut with back-to-back episodes on Wednesday, April 13th.

Below is Bennie Wylie’s biography featured on the NBC’s “STRONG” website:

Bennie Wylie is a strength and conditioning coach in Abilene, Texas. He has trained some of the best athletes in the world and is excited to bring that expertise and discipline to “STRONG.” Wylie has been a dedicated athlete since his school days. While attending Sam Houston State University, he was team captain and running back of the football team, a four-year letterman and was named the Bearkats’ Freshman of the Year in 1994. Fresh out of college, Wylie became an assistant with the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and then assumed the position of Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Texas Tech University. Later, at the University of Tennessee, he guided the development of 14 NFL draft picks, including Wes Welker, Danny Amendola and Michael Crabtree. He also served as the strength and conditioning coach at the University of Texas. Wylie has also played a part in coaching more than 100 collegiate football players, grooming them for careers in the NFL. Wylie has overcome the hardships of growing up poor in a small town with an abusive, alcoholic father, but these hardships did not stop him from becoming a strong, compassionate and tough-loving coach with zero tolerance for excuses and a will for greatness. Wylie is also a loving husband and father of three.

All information is from STRONG’s official page on NBC.com

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