The long-rumored Spike show "Gym Rescue" will debut on Spike on Aug. 10 at 9 pm ET/PT.
Modeled on reality TV series like "Restaurant: Impossible" and “Bar Rescue” the show will feature Randy Couture and Frank Shamrock traveling across the country, attempting to turn things around at struggling gyms. Three episodes have been shot to date, in Florida and Colorado.
"Couture currently owns a successful chain of gyms, Xtreme Couture MMA while Shamrock runs the acclaimed Shamrock MMA," reads the official release. "Together this dynamic duo has the know-how and track record to help take a failing gym on the ropes and turn it into a champion.
"From traditional gyms to military-style boot-camps to yoga studios, Couture and Shamrock will do whatever it takes to whip the failing gyms into shape. From re-defining the gym’s identity, to renovating the outdated workout equipment to revising their marketing strategies, no problem is too big for this team of heavyweights... At the end of every episode, the new gym is revealed and it’s determined if the once failing gym has become a winning success."
Some have faulted placing Couture at the head of the series as his Ultimate Couture chain went from seven facilities to two. However, Couture addressed the issue obliquely last year, and says he is older and wiser.
“I’ve been doing it for 15 years," said Couture. "Most of my experiences have been through trial and error and missteps. Maybe I can help some folks avoid some of the things that I’ve done wrong.”
Shamrock too will be able to bring school of hard knocks knowledge to the series, as his MMA headquarters was closed down in 2010, under mysterious circumstances.
"Frank shamrock here standing in front of what used to be Shamrock MMA headquarters," he said on a video posted in September of that year. "21 days ago my partner Lori Henderson flipped her wig, sold my stuff, and kicked me out. I'm not really sure why."
Spike's first foray into an MMA oriented series, "Fight Master" was not renewed for a second season. Couture was a principal cast member on Fight Master, along with Shamrock, Greg Jackson, and Joe Warren.
Couture has unprecedented success in Hollywood, appearing with Sylvester Stallone and seemingly every action film star ever in “The Expendables” and its sequel, as well as acting opposite Bruce Willis in “Setup.”
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