Fall River teen to be profiled on MTV's 'I Used to Be Fat'
By Derek Vital
Herald News Staff Reporter
Posted Dec 10, 2011 @ 09:25 PM
FALL RIVER —
Tired of leading a sedentary lifestyle, Paul McCarthy felt it was time for a change.
Earlier this year, the 18-year-old B.M.C. Durfee High graduate applied to be on the MTV reality show “I Used to be Fat." Even though he missed the deadline by one week, he was accepted. An aspiring police officer, the 6-foot, 1-inch McCarthy began the show at 270 pounds.
“They told me they liked my story, and they wanted me to join the show,” said McCarthy. “It was definitely a great experience.”
Filming took place over the summer, but McCarthy is not allowed to reveal his results until after the show airs. His segment is scheduled to air Dec. 20 at 10 p.m.
McCarthy’s rigorous training regimen included a pair of 2-hour sessions seven days a week
. He did the majority of his training at Pro Fitness in Fall River, where his workouts consisted of boxing, muay thai kickboxing and functional strength training, which focuses on weight-bearing activities targeting at core muscles of the abdomen and lower back.
Prior to the show, McCarthy spent a great deal of his time playing video games. Now, exercise has become part of his regular routine.
“You have a whole other energy level,” McCarthy said. “Everything changes. You have higher confidence, higher energy. You think higher of yourself and carry yourself differently.”
Throughout the experience, McCarthy realized that he needed to be self-motivated to succeed.
“Everybody is focused on relationships, that’s not really the key,” McCarthy said. “You’ve got to focus on yourself, you’ve got to love yourself. You’ve got to take care of yourself and your family before everybody else. That’s what I did throughout the show.”
Now a criminal justice major at Bristol Community College, McCarthy hopes to become a Fall River police officer in the future. He has completed some ride-alongs with Officer Kevin Lopes and is planning on becoming a volunteer auxiliary officer.
Pro Fitness owner Ben Pittsley thought he was the victim of a scam when he received a call from MTV asking if they could film at his gym. After some research, he graciously accepted.
“It’s good exposure for a local business,” Pittsley said. “Plus, it’s awesome to see a kid from Fall River get some national exposure.”
Pittsley also got an employee out of the show as McCarthy currently works part-time at Pro Fitness.
For those interested in learning how McCarthy fared, Pro Fitness is hosting a viewing party the same night and time the segment is scheduled to air. The gym is located at 1 West St., Fall River. You do not need to be a member to attend.
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