Mario Lopez eats well, lives fit

Mario Lopez
Mario Lopez

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.

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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