Cara Castronuova – Fighting Spirit

Cara CastronuovaWhy two-time Golden Glove boxing champion,  Season 11 trainer for NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”, and founder of the “Knockout Obesity Foundation”, still has something to prove. From the wrestling mat to the boxing ring, the remarkable capabilities of the human spirit and body, and her fight to become the first woman to call a men’s heavyweight championship bout…

Cara Castronuova, celebrity fitness trainer, athlete, activist and media personality (previously featured as a head trainer on NBC’s hit television show “The Biggest Loser”, where she helped propel the show to its highest ratings ever. a champion boxer and past nationally ranked two-time Golden Gloves Champion, who has acted as spokesperson for many sports, fitness and nutrition companies such as Puma, Modell’s Sporting Goods, The Sports Authority, Kind Bars and Purium Health, and who made history by becoming the first female spokesperson on Everlast’s extensive roster of champions) joins host Dale Moss in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.

In this Game Plan:

  • Cara Castronuova on finding balance between being a lover and a fighter
  • The transition to life after boxing, what does she do next, what are her skills?
  • Training young girls to box and refereeing
  • The “shame” felt after initially leaving your sport
  • The poetry of a match, and the need to be close to it
  • The barriers Cara and her peers faced in the world of boxingCara Castronuova
  • The stigma of being a female boxer and the difficulty to find quality trainers
  • MMA vs Boxing and the shift to empower female athletes in male dominated sports
  • Her personal goal to referee a Manny/Floyd caliber fight
  • The joy of refereeing and being so close to the fight, she has the best seat in the house
  • Understanding the need for fighter safety today versus her mentality when she was a young fighter
  • The future of boxing in an MMA world
  • Women in sport; MMA vs. Boxing
  • The structure of MMA vs. boxing
  • Which is more important? The product or the athlete?
  • Hindsight is always 20/20: How she would approach her career differently with the knowledge she has today
  • Feeding fighter mentality and moving to boxing.
  • The army drills of childhood.
  • Attending high school upstate away from her family in Long Island
  • Joining the wrestling team thinking she was signing up for “professional” WWF
  • The fear of your first fight
  • The mentality behind individual sports vs. team sports
  • The moment she knew she had respect in the boxing world
  • The impact fighting has had on her life outside the ring
  • The grind of training, and different approaches to motivation
  • The turn from giving up to seeing results
  • Leveraging a fighting career into endorsements and TV opportunities
  • The new world of social media and branding your athleticism
  • The genesis of Knockout Obesity; creating positive associations with fitness for kids
  • The reality of life vs reality tv; “Biggest Loser”
  • The different psyches she experienced in her years of training

Kenny Santucci – Is CrossFit a Sport? Or Is It Just the Future?

Is CrossFit a legitimate sport — and should brands be taking notice? Crossfit is growing globally with a huge community and following, and Kenny Santucci has built a highly successful business on its foundation.  He shares his journey to success, discusses coaches vs. trainers, explores the problem with misinformation in the health and wellness industry, and reveals  a game-changing upcoming event for the fitness community. Plus — the meaning of “klangin’ and bangin’”.

Kenny Santucci, Program Director & Coach at Solace New York (Crossfit Solace), Brand Ambassador for Michelob ULTRA, Elite Trainer for Reebok, joins host Dale Moss in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.

In this Game Plan:

  • Is CrossFit a legit sport?
  • Women in CrossFit
  • Kenny’s unlikely CrossFit start as someone unhappy with himself, and why he’s so hard on people
  • Kenny on becoming a trainer at Equinox
  • Solace as an ecosystem, why it is so successful
  • Why Solace doesn’t say CrossFit gym anymore
  • You have to evolve with your community
  • Preferring a smaller, solid, great group
  • Coaches vs. trainers
  • Is UFC a sport?
  • What makes a sport?
  • CrossFit as a sport seen as useful to mainstream media?
  • Views vs, core values for a brand
  • Brands are very  focused on health and wellness
  • To change physiology, a person must push weight
  • No such thing as a bad business—just bad business people, bad management
  • Find a way or make a way
  • A good person wants other people to become better, do well
  • Kenny on developing an event bringing fitness community together under one roof food, gear, celebrating idea of fitness
  • The issues with supplements
  • Raising money to fight Alzheimers, and how fitness matters
  • The opportunities for the fitness space and what people can do
  • A fear of “Skynet”
  • Core values, and why CrossFit is “blowing up” around the world
  • Ten rapid fire questions include Bo Jackson, cheeseburgers, and “clangin’ and bangin’”
  • Plus, Lola the dog is snoring