To know Rocco is …. to know Rocco.
Whether you love his style or hate it (he has been described as the illegitimate lovechild of Richard Simmons, Anthony Robbins & Tony Soprano)—-there is no denying he is a character.
One need merely take a pass through his blog to see clear evidence of that.
Havent heard of the personal trainer who is Rocco Castellano? You’d be in the minority.
These names ring a bell? Bonnie Raitt? JFK Jr.? Spike Lee? The fantastic artist William Wegman?
They’re all people whom Rocco, with his inimitable *way* over the top is this guy for real style, has trained.
Recently, Rocco won a daytime Emmy for his appearance in the MTV television show MADE (MizFit note: I love MADE. I am 12.) and I was fortunate enough to chase him down on the streets of Brooklyn & beg him to answer a few questions.
Im all about having my fifteen minutes on the same channel which once featured Martha Quinn (anyone?) How did MTV find you?
I’m actually pretty well known in the Midwest and one of my old clients was contacted by MTV and she told them that there was no one else in the world that could take large amounts of weight off like I could. So the producer called me and I set up an appointment to meet the whole crew the next week while I was on a business trip to NYC.
What was it like being a made coach/trainer?
It may sound kind of like a smart ass but…it was nothing different than I usually do…except there where two camera people recording me.
The most important thing I do all day is kick people’s ass… and this was no exception. I even think I made it worse on her because the cameras were rolling. One thing you don’t realize is that these TV shows take so much footage. They shot more than 30 hours of me kicking Kristine’s ass just to show 15 minutes on an hour long show.
Um, could you define ‘ass kicking’ for the MizFits? (or, to hearken back to my counselor-speak, I know what ass kicking means to me, Rocco, what does it mean to you?)
The most important thing I do all day is train people in way’s they never thought they could handle… and this was no exception. I bring my clients right to the edge of physical exhaustion and then ask them to give me more.
What’s the biggest key to your Made client’s success?
Keeping MTV out of it.
For the first 3 weeks I couldn’t train her. I met with her once and then barely saw her again. I bitched and complained to MTV producers that there was no way that she would be able to lose the weight we intended if I couldn’t get my hands on her. They relented and shot everything they needed and then re-scheduled the Torrid model search until three weeks later.
The camera people went home and I had the next three weeks to take the rest of the weight off of her…no easy task. I trained her 3 times a day -Wednesday-Friday and 2 times -Thursday-Saturday. She did the work and came through with flying colors. I think for almost everyone just getting the work done…frequency and intensity will always get you to your goal. It definitely worked for her.
She went from 219 pounds down to 188 pounds AND her confidence went through the roof!
Any workout/training tips for the masses?
The most important thing that I can stress is make sure you work on your body’s symmetry (balance) first. The better balance, the more muscle you have and the more fat you will burn. If you have larger thighs and hips look to increase your upper body balance before you try to eliminate fat from your lower body.
Consistency is next. If you don’t subscribe to doing something that is resistance based and interval in your training program at least three times a week than you are waisting your time…so stay fat and… Happy Heart Attack! (MizFit note: I warned you he’s a character!)
Congrats on the emmy! Will you get to go to the ceremony?
I was already there. It was June 13th at Lincoln Center in NYC.
Intrigued by the no nonsense approach which won Rocco an emmy? You can watch the episode at Rocco’s blog . Click on the “Check out ROCCO on MTV MADE” banner to view.
Thanks, Rocco. Id say Im too intimidated to pronounce you an official member of the Bumbling Band—–but Im not.