Reality TV has only been a part of our lives for only two full decades and it has completely taken over! Kardashian family have made their names in the world and now are among the most famous people in the world. Even though reality television is often perceived as negative and a direct result of consumerism in society, where the cast is payed for ‘doing nothing’, some are different.
MTV’s The Challenge has been a part of our daily lives for the past 21 years and 33 seasons (with the 34th currently airing) and has reached a cult status mostly in promoting healthy lifestyle, working out and pushing your limits!
In this week’s edition of From the Locker-Room we talked to Paulie Calafiore, Big Brother 18 contestant who has been on three editions of the show (Final Reckoning, War of the Worlds, War of the Worlds 2) about fitness and living a healthy lifestyle, as well as some burning topics.
1. Hi Paulie, first off I want to thank you for doing this interview for Enter the Court! Tell me something about yourself- where were you born, where did you go to school? When did you start getting interested in sport? Did you have any athletes you looked up to?
I was born and raised in good ole’ NJ (Jersey Strong!). Sports were always a part of my life since I was 3 years old when I started playing soccer and wrestling. My favorite athletes were Roberto Carlos and Dan Gable. Two legends in their respective sports!
2. How do you feel about crossfit, since there is still a lot of people against that system of training?
I feel as though crossfit is dangerous, no matter how careful you are with it. The exercises that are done for the amount of reps and weight they are done at are not good for the body. I feel as though crossfitters are only good at crossfit but would never be able to do other sports. I believe that the community is good and it gives people a place to feel welcomed. In moderation I think it could be a good addition to a training regimen but not the full course.
3. You are a big MMA guy, with Krav Maga, BJJ and Muay Thai being the ones you practice. When did your love for MMA start and when did you start doing it on a regular basis? Have you ever attempted to go to amateurs and try yourself out? Would you?
Well, when I learned martial arts it was strictly to be used for self defense. Times have changed and martial arts have now become recreational. That’s why I love Krav Maga because it still stays true to the self defense aspect of martial arts. I have considered fighting but I feel as though at my age (30) starting to fight now would be a recipe for disaster.
4. One of the biggest issues currently in world of combat sports is extreme weight-loss. What’s your opinion about that?
I feel as though with advances in training, exercise science, and dieting that there is no reason for extreme weight loss. If you’re not good enough to compete at a healthy weight then you shouldn’t be competing.
5. You are a part of the MTV’s long running show The Challenge. Tell us some experiences and what makes it different from all the ‘usual’ reality shows?
What makes it different is it’s not your everyday competition show. It’s gritty and cutthroat. You never see the same challenges which almost makes it impossible to train for. I love every aspect of it.
6. What would you say is yours most common work-out? Do you do circuits or do you do HITs more often?
I train everything. My main core is made up of power lifting, running, and metcon training but I love throwing in some swimming, climbing, and MMA!
7. One of the most important parts of fitness and well-being of an individual is their diet. What would be the key to living and eating healthier?
Just listening to your body. If something you eat makes you feel fatigued, most likely it’s not good for you. Every time I have a meal it gives me more energy which let’s me know that my body is running smoothly and burning the right amount of calories.
8. And one more, what do you think is the toughest sport to excel at and what is the hardest one to train? Why?
I may be a little biased because I played these sports but soccer and wrestling. Soccer in the sense that it demands so much of your body and mind while having to control a ball with every part of your body except your arms and hands. Wrestling in the sense that it’s one on one and you’re moving your body in ways that it’s not used to moving and falling.