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X-Weighted star Paul Plakas whips Kelowna into shape

Saturday, February 27th, 2010 | 11:22 am

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By Mark Stone

Paul Plakas training his client on X-Weighted (photo: Slice network)

For Paul Plakas, host of Slice network’s popular X-Weighted program, being physically active is as natural an activity as breathing is to you and me. Known for his tough love approach to fitness, Plakas has been helping people lose weight and improve their overall health for over ten years.

In 2003, Plakas signed on to a documentary reality show called Taking It Off. In 2007 the show morphed into the current X-Weighted format, where the approach grew from being merely about weight loss to include diet and lifestyle as well.

Plakas has been in and out of Kelowna lately to film new episodes for the upcoming season of the show, and recently sat down with Kelowna.com for an exclusive candid chat. Whether you’re a fan of the show or have never heard of it, Plakas has a lot to say about healthy living that everyone can gain something from.

Q: What can you tell us about the new season?

A: How we are starting things off is the families don’t know that I’m here yet. This year I’m going to be doing kitchen and cupboard purges which I never did last year.  I take out all the food that is really bad.

Q: They don’t know you’re doing this? How do you pull this off?

A: The crew is there telling them that they are filming some interior shots and it’s something that is going to be edited into the show later on. They just think that they are hanging out there filming at their house doing what they normally do, but really it’s all about me coming to visit them and they have no clue. So when I knock on the door, the camera person is behind me and they open the door and they have no idea I’m there. We don’t want to tip them off that we are coming so maybe they might remove some stuff from their house. We want to catch them in the state where they have been in.

Q: What kind of reactions have you been getting?

A: There have been some funny surprises. It took a few seconds before they realized “Oh my God, it’s happening.” It’s pretty funny the delayed reaction I’ve been getting.

Q: You’re known for your tough love on the show. Do you get in a lot of heated arguments and do you have a favorite incident from the show?

A: I don’t know if I have a favorite story, though there were some good moments when I got into some heated battles. There were a couple of times where I really got mad at the person. One example is a girl named Tammy; we filmed her in Comox and she was doing a half marathon run to honor her brother’s death who was killed in a car accident a year beforehand.

The producers of the show thought that they would have the run start within a running distance from where the actual accident occurred. So I gave her a training program to do a half marathon program and I gave her a goal. I said to her that she should be able to do it in about 2 hours and 30 minutes. I ask her throughout the whole season how things are going, she’s been losing a little bit of weight etc and is also doing some kickboxing.

The night before we were supposed to do the actual fitness goal she said to me off camera, “Paul, I have to admit that I haven’t been doing the distance running that I said I’ve been doing. I’ve only run up to an hour.” I go, you have only been up to an hour? It’s going to take you 2-1/2 hours. She said, “It’s okay, I’ll just do what I can tomorrow.” We argued about it and she insists that she’ll be able to get it done. The viewers still don’t know that she hasn’t done the training.

The day comes and she’s having serious trouble after the first half hour. So then I just kept on pushing her and asked her why she would let herself down like that. “You have a great chance to do something fantastic here,” I say. And then she goes, “It’s your fault that I’m walking right now. You were pushing me too hard at the beginning.” And then I lost it and said, “It’s my fault Tammy you haven’t been doing the training? Your longest run was an hour. You just told me that and you are blaming me?” At this point I lost it on her and called her a very bad name. Obviously they didn’t put it in the show and cut that part out.

She called me an a**hole and stuff like that, but all of a sudden there was silence. The camera crew was in a van in front of us and they are filming us the whole way down the highway and we haven’t talked for a half hour now but the camera crew is still going on. Eventually she said, “Why are you so hard on me?” I reply, “Listen, you are blaming other people for your failure. You have to take responsibility for this. You had a chance to do something great here and you ruined it.” We both apologized and we hugged it out, then she finished it off. But, that’s where I really felt that I got mad at a person. {MORE}

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