Tuesday, 22 May 2012 10:46

Mr. Fitness: Q&A with Eric Zane

Written by  Lindsay Patton-Carson
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Questions for Eric Zane, radio personality on the Free Beer and Hot Wings Morning Show

The guys on the Free Beer and Hot Wings show have affectionately nicknamed you ‘Mr. Fitness.' How did that start?
My day-to-day life usually comes out quite a bit on the air, and one day I couldn't stop talking about all the things I'm doing, which is pretty typical, pretty egocentric. The guys made fun of me badly for it, so the name ‘Mr. Fitness' came out from it.

Have you always been fit?
Like this? No. It was different when I was growing up because it was a lot of weight lifting. I did cross country in high school, but never really seriously. I have a really, really addictive personality, and I like running, but I kept getting hurt, so I started swimming. Then someone suggested a triathlon, and that was about four years ago.

You're also involved in the fitness community.
Yeah, it all happened by default. Just showing up at races, and fortunately with the radio show, a lot of people connect with me on that level, and it takes off from there. I've grown to know a number of people from the radio show, and you see the same faces from races. It's fun.

So people notice you because of your job?
I'm an easy target because of what I dish out on the radio, and I'm OK with that. If you see me, it's OK to make fun of me at any sporting event.

You recently led a training group for the annual Riverbank Run 25k.
That's a very, very tough race; one of the toughest. There's people in the group that have never run before. To commit to a training program for that race is incredible, especially seeing people who have very little or no running background. It's terrific, they're great friends.

Are you in it to win it when you race?
No, I know that's not realistic.

The P90x program has been a big deal on your show. Why?
P90x approached the radio show. I didn't know much about it, but I heard it's intense and hard. I did exactly what they told me to do for 90 days, and it makes you very strong. And it's hard; there are some terrible days. It's not enjoyable ... but I swear by it. I used that as the springboard for my second year of triathlons and my times [changed] dramatically.

Tony Horton, the P90x instructor, has a lot of goofy catchphrases. What's your favorite?
There's so many, my gosh. What a cornball. One that always sticks out is when he says, ‘I ripped my pants!'

You have a family and a full-time job, in addition to your fitness routines. What's some advice for people who do the same and want to get workouts in?
I think the best suggestion is to get up one hour early and just get it out of the way. I don't care how early it is. I used to do P90x before the morning show.

Wow. So how early would that be?
Three or quarter to three in the morning.

That's crazy.
It's tough. It's the hardest part -- getting out of bed. Oh my gosh, I hate it. I know exactly what everybody is going through; that is an awful thing. But ... face it, you only have one life, and I want to make sure I do everything I can to live longer.

What's your favorite part of your job?
Making Producer Joe laugh.

Interview conducted, condensed and edited by Lindsay Patton-Carson. Courtesy photo.

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