WASHINGTON - Sergeant Noah Galloway was in his second tour of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom when his life changed forever. He was injured by an Improvised Explosive Device attack and lost two of his limbs.
After losing focus and for a period of time following his injury, Galloway decided to turn his life around.
He is now in the best shape of his life and works as a personal trainer and motivational speaker. He travels the country sharing his story and working to encourage and motivate others.
He now stars in the new FOX reality competition series, American Grit.
"You have to be physically fit and be able to challenge yourself but stay mentally focused," he said about the challenges.
Galloway said he used his background and experience – but also tried to get to know his team during the show. "I feel like you don't just take any group of people and give them the same spiel. It has to relate to them and that's where people respond."
Galloway struggled mentally with his situation for almost five years and didn’t get back on track until he told himself he was going to overcome it.
"There's that saying – life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react it to. That says right there how powerful our mind is. Our mind sets us back all the time - any time we have a setback. How you see it - how you view it - is going to take you to the next level."
Becoming a role-model for his children finally pushed him overcome his obstacles.
As far as show host John Cena – we wanted to know if he is as tough as he looks. "He's much bigger than I am so I'm not going to say anything bad about him," Galloway said.
American Grit debuts on Thursday, April 14 at 9 p.m.
Get more about the show here: http://www.fox.com/american-grit