Ashley Hames experiences some of the world's toughest and most dangerous jobs in a bid to transform himself from pampered layabout to a real man. He is pushed to the extreme limits of mental, physical and emotional endurance, whether soaked at sea on an Alaskan crab fishing boat or on the intimidating streets of Bogot with the Colombian Anti Narcotics Police Force. Does he have the guts and drive to carry out a REAL man's work?
S01:E08 - Fire Fighter
After doing some of the most strenuous and hottest training in his life Ashley is allowed to join Platoon 1 of the Edmonton Fire Service. Along an emotional journey where Ashley and his mentor Todd become life-long friends Ashley learns to abseil upside down and tackles blazing fires in burning houses at one of the best Fire Schools in the world. After a training that was so physically grueling it nearly broke him, Ashley joins the Platoon and is promptly turned into the butt of many practical jokes as he goes through Rookie Hell. By the end of the week Ashley has found out how tough these guys really are and what horrific encounters they have been through, which makes them all heroes in his eyes.
S01:E11 - Gaucho Cowboy
The gaucho cowboys are renowned for being tough and great in the saddle. Ashley isn't. He hasn't taken up the reins for over twenty-four years, but that doesn't deter him in his quest to become as tough as his mentor Juliano, who has been breaking wild horses since he was eleven. As Ashley's confidence improves, he is allowed to do more around the ranch, including lassoing a calf, driving cattle and performing internal examinations of pregnant cows. But will he ever manage to pass the true test of gaucho manhood by riding a wild horse?