Q: Has fitness been a lifelong pursuit for you?
A: Yeah. I mean, I grew up an athlete and now that I’m in my 40s I just want to be as healthy as I can for my kids, and I make it a priority every year with my schedule so fluid and changes, and I try to get it in when I can fit it in.
Q: Did wrestling get you into fitness?
A: I’ve always gravitated to the more physical sports and specifically individual sports, and now I’m into boxing and jiu jitsu and I’ve gotten my son into jiu jitsu. And I like the idea of training one on one and working their mind and body and spirit and not having to rely on a team, because you never know if people are working as hard as you. So I do it more for the sanity than the vanity to be honest.
Q: You are a chef?
A: Yeah, I like to cook. I don’t know about a chef. … Major foodie. I try to eat relatively healthy. I’m not a calorie counter but during the week I love food and I love to crush it on the weekends. So I don’t discriminate. I’ll eat anything (laughs).
Q: What are your favorite cuisines?
A: I mean, everything. Italian food, Mexican food, seafood, Chinese – it doesn’t matter. I’ll eat it all. I just like food.
Q: What are your guilty pleasures?
A: Well, it depends on what I’m in the mood for because I really do appreciate all kinds of food. I love spicy food, I love hot food. My wife’s Italian and I’m obviously Mexican, so those happen to be my two favorites. So it’s usually one of those two.