#360 – Nick Paladino

Sevan Matossian (00:02):

Bam we’re live Travis. I see what you’re doing. You’re trying to, uh, compensate for those lashings. I gave you last night. Holy shit. I’m red. What’s up Nick?

Nicholas Paladino (00:13):

What’s Upson how you doing?

Sevan Matossian (00:15):

Oh, my audio’s all jacked up.

Nicholas Paladino (00:17):

How’s my audio.

Sevan Matossian (00:18):

It’s so good. Okay. I, um, when the show’s over at night, I turn off my headphones and go onto my, um, speaker on my computer, you know, like the show’s over and I just kick off my headphones and I lid back and I talk to whoever’s left on the screen. That’s like, that’s when we say all the real good shit. And then I always forget to put it back to my headphones.

Nicholas Paladino (00:41):

Gotcha. Mine. Uh, I, I have a, I have like a plugin, so whenever I unplug it, it like automatically goes to the speakers, like whatever I’m like dealing with say YouTube Twitch. And then whenever I plug in my headphones, all that like goes right to my headphones.

Sevan Matossian (00:56):

Oh, that’s neat. So

Nicholas Paladino (00:56):

Kinda just, yeah, it’s just like automatic. So

Sevan Matossian (00:58):

Yeah. And then you have a switch where you could switch it back, though. Right? You could go into some settings and put

Nicholas Paladino (01:02):

Yeah. Some settings and then just speak. Yeah. Do whatever I gotta do.

Sevan Matossian (01:05):

So you’re a PC guy.

Nicholas Paladino (01:07):

Yeah. So, um, kind of just recently got into it kind of forced into it as well because PC gaming is kind of next level of like, compared to, I guess, consoles, like Xbox right there. And then I got the new PlayStation right there.

Sevan Matossian (01:20):


Nicholas Paladino (01:20):

Yeah. So I kind of got, and then I got my PlayStation right here, but it’s of like the, uh, it’s kind of cut off, but

Sevan Matossian (01:27):

No serious gamer uses an apple.

Nicholas Paladino (01:30):

Uh, not that I know of. No, I think it’s just less CPU. I don’t know if you’re, I don’t know if you’re really into computers like that and stuff, but oh, you okay? Yeah. So I, I,

Sevan Matossian (01:39):

I think I am. I think I am until you tell me I’m not, I love all I like, I love going over here to my, um, I love going over here because I’m a spoiled kept man and going about this Mac and just being like, yeah. It’s fully loaded. Look at that. Oh yeah, yeah, yeah. 12 terabytes of internal, 128 gigs or yeah. Like, like, you know what I mean? Like

Nicholas Paladino (01:59):

I, I mean, I’m sure you could play like call of duty battlefield. I’m sure you would get, get, uh, like good frame for a second. I mean, I’m, I’m sure, but I guess I, I just, I just heard like windows is for gaming and Mac is for like working and creative and design and stuff. So

Sevan Matossian (02:16):

Whack is, uh, Mac is for, um, uh, like active Mac is like, if you pretend like you care about black people, but you really don’t and you wanna oppress them. It’s fake activism. That’s what apple is.

Nicholas Paladino (02:29):

Yeah. I guess it’s kinda like

Sevan Matossian (02:31):

I got fake it’s what’s the Wal computer.

Nicholas Paladino (02:34):

Yeah. It’s kind of going for the brand like, Hey, I got the Mac, what do you do?

Sevan Matossian (02:37):

Computing? You know, speaking of which Microsoft’s a bunch of cuts too, but anyway,

Nicholas Paladino (02:43):

I don’t really deep dive too much into it. You know?

Sevan Matossian (02:45):

You don’t, you don’t, you don’t

Nicholas Paladino (02:47):

Nah, too much. Not, not too much. I kind of, I don’t really watch you get TV.

Sevan Matossian (02:50):

You and you can still do. Sorry. Sorry. You can still do gaming when you have COVID. Holy shit. Look at your computer.

Nicholas Paladino (02:56):

Yeah. Oh, so here it is. Yeah. This is the, uh, this is the bad boy right here. I, uh, I got this about seven, eight months ago, cuz I obviously wanted to start some live streaming and I was like, I was like, you know what? The, the way that I like to go with things is all in or nothing. So I kind of, I kind of got one of the, one of the best PC that you can get.

Sevan Matossian (03:16):

Yeah. So yeah. Uh, I like like that all in or nothing. It reminds me of a story, Caleb. Hi,

Nicholas Paladino (03:22):

How you doing Caleb?

Sevan Matossian (03:24):

Caleb’s here to, he, he’s gonna chaperone this, uh, conversation to make sure like we behave.

Nicholas Paladino (03:29):

Oh good man. I mean I’m 23. So I don’t know. I don’t know if I need chaperone, but

Sevan Matossian (03:32):

Oh, you need chaperone. You need chaperone. Everyone needs a good chaperone. I mean, we never met before.

Nicholas Paladino (03:40):

You know, I was thinking about maybe we met at the games at one point, but I was actually thinking on, on a run before the podcast. I don’t know if we ever encountered to be honest.

Sevan Matossian (03:49):

Yeah. I mean, I definitely knew who you, who you were, you won the, um, the kitty competition in 2016.

Nicholas Paladino (03:56):

Yeah. So the first ever, uh, the first ever teenage competition. Oh, I

Sevan Matossian (04:01):


Nicholas Paladino (04:01):

Know that. Yeah. I think that was the first year. So whenever I started CrossFit, I was, uh, I was 15, 15 and a half I’d say. Yeah. And that was the first open I did, but I kind of like, I was kind of tiptoe and fucking around, like I did, I did the first workout and I think it had double unders, I wanna say that was the, um, I wanna say that was the 15 snap and 30 double unders at 75 pounds. And you know, I got some double unders and I was happy to do it and all, but then, but then I got serious in next year and then they announced the, uh, the team division and I was like, perfect. No, I mean, I guess timing just was perfect.

Sevan Matossian (04:38):

Well, what do you mean timing? You were amazing.

Nicholas Paladino (04:40):

Well, I guess that just gave me like a little more like, um, like, holy shit, like I’m 16 and now, oh,

Sevan Matossian (04:46):

They just

Nicholas Paladino (04:47):

Put this, they just put this, you know, division in for me almost. You know what I’m saying?

Sevan Matossian (04:50):

Yeah. I thought you were saying like timing, like, like you were lucky on it. You were definitely not lucky you were a freak.

Nicholas Paladino (04:56):

Oh yeah, no, no, no. I, um, you were

Sevan Matossian (04:58):

A freak.

Nicholas Paladino (04:59):

I, I kind of just picked it up quick. So I, uh, I played football. I played football since I was probably seven years old and I was always in the weight room. Just, I probably started personal training when I was like 10 or 11 years old. Probably way younger than you. Should,

Sevan Matossian (05:14):

You know, you mean you had a personal trainer or you had a clients at 10? No.

Nicholas Paladino (05:17):

No. I, I had a personal trainer. Yeah. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (05:19):

Wouldn’t, wouldn’t that be awesome if you were 10, you had clients.

Nicholas Paladino (05:22):

No. Hell no, no. My, uh, my mom was paying a personal trainer for me and my brother at the time.

Sevan Matossian (05:27):

No shit.

Nicholas Paladino (05:28):

Yeah, yeah, yeah. So we, uh, you know, we were kept under a watch for life for, I would say three or four years,

Sevan Matossian (05:33):

You know, it’s funny, as you said that I was thinking, fuck you, you have fucking bat shit, crazy parents. But I actually had a personal trainer. I have like five per trainers for my kids and they’re like five and seven. So I guess I’m, I’m even more bat shit crazy than you,

Nicholas Paladino (05:48):

Your parents. You know what though? The, the funny thing is, is my dad, my dad, he, uh, he’s a tow truck driver and a mechanic. He, uh, he owns, he owns his own business and he’s gone. He’s gone, you know, seven in the morning, I would say comes home 8, 9, 9 at night. Sometimes. Doesn’t yeah. So we, you know, he doesn’t really push me. He kind of just, he’s the old, he’s the old school, Italian dad, you know, make sure, you know, you could afford life insurance, make sure know that whole thing. And my mom, my mom is just like, whatever, whatever dreams, whatever aspirations that you have go after it and whatever I can give you, I’m gonna give you like, however I can help you. And however I can help steer you that way. And that’s how she’s been for like, as long as I’ve known and that’s, I feel like that’s kind of helped me cuz that’s like dive into who have like endeavors instead of just like being afraid.

Sevan Matossian (06:40):

Yeah. Yeah. I wanna, I want, wow. She’s young. How old’s your mom?

Nicholas Paladino (06:45):

So right now she’s 50, but I wanna say or 51, but I wanna say what this was.

Sevan Matossian (06:50):

Oh, I’m I’m the same

Nicholas Paladino (06:51):

Five, five

Sevan Matossian (06:52):

Same age as her mom. It’s crazy. My,

Nicholas Paladino (06:55):

Uh, I gotta be honest and I, you know, I could be biased, but my mom and my dad, they look, they look good. My, I think my dad’s 48 and my mom’s 50 and I look at them and I’m like, damn so I, you know, I, I would say they probably still look good till 65, I would say,

Sevan Matossian (07:09):

Yeah, my mom’s 112 and she looks amazing.

Nicholas Paladino (07:13):

I, I

Sevan Matossian (07:13):

She’s so good.

Nicholas Paladino (07:14):

I truly believe that people are gonna live longer.

Sevan Matossian (07:17):

I told her, I, I actually told my mom the other day. I said, you know, when you come into a room, you light up a room. Like usually like old people don’t do that.

Nicholas Paladino (07:24):

How, uh, how old is she? Actually, if you don’t mind me asking

Sevan Matossian (07:29):

79 maybe.

Nicholas Paladino (07:31):


Sevan Matossian (07:32):

She fell the other, she was doing CrossFit the other day and she was running, um, uh, sprints. And uh, she, she fell and she was kind of like, it was cool to how it affected her. Cuz on one hand she’s like, damn, I’m old as fuck. Like she’s like, I’m like, what do you mean? She’s like, you know, when you fall, you’re supposed to catch yourself. She goes, yeah, she, the way she described it, she just kind of watched herself like in slow motion fall. Right. She’s like, shit. Like I couldn’t do anything to like stop it. But on the other hand, like she’s fine. She’s like damn fat. I broke a hip. I’d be like toast your toast. She’s like, yeah. Her hand hands are all beat up and stuff. And she got up and finished the workout. She said it scared the shit out of the people at the gym though. You know what I mean? You just see some old lady fall. Everyone’s like, eh,

Nicholas Paladino (08:09):

She’s dead. Oh yeah.

Sevan Matossian (08:10):

You know, like,

Nicholas Paladino (08:11):

So two things. So I had a similar experience at, uh, at cross the mayhem. So I was doing, um,

Sevan Matossian (08:16):

Rich’s dad fell?

Nicholas Paladino (08:18):

No, I, I fell

Sevan Matossian (08:20):


Nicholas Paladino (08:20):

Straight right off a box. And I actually, I put a, I put an Instagram reel and the reaction Lindy barber. I’m sure you remember Lindy barber. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (08:28):


Nicholas Paladino (08:29):

She was judging Angela de Chico right next to me. And it like, we were doing box jump overs and my heels just stood on the box and then I just faced over right into it and, and Lind and uh, Lindy kind of just like gave like a little look over and then kind of just got right back to work. So that kind of just reminded me of this little,

Sevan Matossian (08:47):

Uh, Caleb, how did you get that so quick? How’d you do that? You just heard and you’re, you’re already just scouring his IG. He’s just good. He just shrugged his shoulders. She’s like, I just good.

Nicholas Paladino (08:59):

Oh, and also Sivan. I wanted to, I wanted to also say so. Um, so I wanna say my grandma’s around 78 or 79. And to be honest, I couldn’t imagine taking her like, like her taking a fall and being able to get back up and, and, and keep moving. So the fact that your mom could do that, I think that’s awesome.

Sevan Matossian (09:16):

Yeah. Yeah. My, uh, Vesh ma wasn’t eclectic group. This is such an inclusive podcast. I’m glad our DEI team has done a marvelous job and you’re right. If I you’re right. You’re

Nicholas Paladino (09:29):

Right. Cause you know, cause my, my grandma, just an Italian grandmother that cooks the best meatballs, you know? And I couldn’t imagine if, if she fell, I would probably dive to catch her before she hit the ground. Like, I just feel like she’s fragile. You know what I’m saying?

Sevan Matossian (09:42):

I’ve reached this point. I don’t know. And you may be old enough for this too. Um, I can’t. How old are you?

Nicholas Paladino (09:47):

Uh, 23 and a half.

Sevan Matossian (09:49):

Oh no, maybe you’re still, ah, you’re getting there. There’s this point in your twenties? I think it happens in your twenties where you can’t fall backwards anymore. I, your back will go out. Do you know what I’m saying? That like, like if you’re running on a wet lawn or you’re running on ice or if you’re running downhill and you start to slip, like just a mature follower knows, Hey, you gotta keep going forward. Do you know what I mean? Or like ski boarding, you know, ski boarding, that thing where you run on the beef? Well, not

Nicholas Paladino (10:12):

Too much, but I, I do have a, I do have a life experience actually. So, so outside in the back of my house, uh, we have like a long leash, I would say 50, 60 feet. And we, uh, we connect my dog to it. We also have a fence.

Sevan Matossian (10:25):

God, you are Italian east coast. That is so Italian east. Exactly. It’s tied to a tree and your dog he’s been left out there overnight.

Nicholas Paladino (10:32):

Exactly. So, so anyway, so, uh,

Sevan Matossian (10:36):

I’s also some white trash shit too. We used to do that in my, in my neighborhood. Well,

Nicholas Paladino (10:40):

Well, so we have a fence, but my mom wants the, a leash for like additional like, oh, what if he jumps over the fence and then chases a squirrel? And then at least we have the leash on him. So it’s just like, I, I wish that we could freely because oh, in, in Tennessee, oh my God, the dogs, I’m sure they run to neighbors houses. I’m sure they run down the street and then they come back. They’re just free. Right. But over here in New Jersey, New York, that can’t. But so anyway, so the leash was, you know, it’s long. So I threw the ball and I wasn’t watching, but the leash was, uh, right under my leg. And then I dog took at like full speed and it took me out right under. And that’s funny you say that, cuz I actually fell right on my back ass and I like, I, I think I like fractured my ankle and I,

Sevan Matossian (11:24):

When was that? That’s

Nicholas Paladino (11:25):

Uh, that was actually like two years ago.

Sevan Matossian (11:27):

Yeah. There becomes this point like, um, where you’re running on. Like if I like, I play a lot, I used to play a lot of Frisbee now I still play some, but I play almost all beach Frisbee, but I used to play a lot of Frisbee on grass. And if you running and you, and for some reason the grass is wet and some reason you start to slip, everyone always wants to go back, but you reach an age where you’re like, if you do that, you’re you’re fucked. So you just have to keep going forward. You know what I mean? Like if you run down a really steep hill, like the option isn’t like to stop, you just gotta like, Hey, you better have some fancy footwork and keep going. Yeah. It’s it’s forward momentum and all time. Skateboarding’s like that. I mean, I don’t skateboard, but I see my kids.

Nicholas Paladino (12:01):

Yeah. I’ve never skateboarded either to be honest, I guess, uh, I was just always a contact athlete, you know, like if it was no contact, like, you know, bike, bike, riding and, and stuff like that, it kind of just never appealed to me, you know?

Sevan Matossian (12:13):

Yeah. Oh, will you hold on one second. No problem.

Speaker 3 (12:19):

That’s the sound of a 360 degree barbell brush by hybrid athletics.

Sevan Matossian (12:24):

I always forget to do the sponsors and that someone in the comments that, what about sponsors also, everyone should buy their coffee from paper street, coffee, use code word seven, get 10% off. I don’t know how he affords to do that. Um, that’s the only coffee I drink. Beans are beautiful. And remember, this is the biggest podcast in the space by far and how come we don’t have the biggest sponsors? Cause they’re scared. They’re scared. They’re scared. And they’re scared. And uh, uh, um, if you, uh, wanna know about your hormones, go to California hormones and if you need, uh, J O B go to barbell jobs.com, um, Nick, um, you, so you’re what, what city are you in?

Nicholas Paladino (13:06):

Uh, New Jersey, Lodi, New Jersey.

Sevan Matossian (13:08):

God it’s so perfect. Isn’t it prob

Nicholas Paladino (13:10):

Probably like I can get to times square in about 25 minutes driving. No traffic.

Sevan Matossian (13:16):


Nicholas Paladino (13:16):

Yeah. Right over to the, uh, George Washington.

Sevan Matossian (13:19):

There’s this other cat that I have on the podcast? Um, frequently. Well, I don’t know I’ve had him on, I think three times. His name is Nikki Rodriguez. Do you know him? He’s from Jersey?

Nicholas Paladino (13:28):

Uh, no. Oh, but uh, just before I forget, I, I think that paper free coffee guy. Cause I was watching your podcast a couple days. Yeah. I think he’s from Jersey.

Sevan Matossian (13:35):

Yeah, he is. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah.

Nicholas Paladino (13:38):

I was wondering where he is from.

Sevan Matossian (13:39):

Yeah. He’s a cool dude.

Nicholas Paladino (13:41):

Yeah. Yeah. I, I could see it in him.

Sevan Matossian (13:42):

It’s a great, um, it’s a great story cuz he said, Hey, I wanna sponsor your podcast. And I’m like, Hey, I already drink another coffee. And he is like, I don’t care. You can talk shit about my coffee. I just wanna support your podcast. I cuz I know this shit, ain’t this shit ain’t cheap or free. And he’s like, I just wanna keep, have your shit. Keep going. I was like, wow, that, that was really cool. It was either super manipulative or super cool, but either way it worked, I grabbed my ankles and I switched coffees.

Nicholas Paladino (14:06):

See that, that reminds me. So, you know, you’re more, you’re more mature than me, but I, uh, you know, I truly believe that all, all things will come in time. You know what I’m saying? Like the sponsors will fall into place the right one. You know what I’m saying? Just, just with time.

Sevan Matossian (14:20):

Are you, are you crazy hard worker?

Nicholas Paladino (14:22):

Uh, yes. Yeah. That, I mean, I got that from my dad. Just seeing him just be, be away all day. I mean, that’s like when I started, so I was, I went to a Catholic high school and I went there freshman year, sophomore year. And then I somehow how convinced my parents, I was like, Hey, let me homeschool. So I could just work out all day long.

Sevan Matossian (14:44):


Nicholas Paladino (14:44):

So from like 16 years old to about 1819 until I got injured, I was in the gym for say six, seven hours a day.

Sevan Matossian (14:54):


Nicholas Paladino (14:55):

Yeah. And that was, and I don’t, I don’t wanna speak for everybody else, but I, you know, I won the cross, the game of 16 and 17. I, I, I had a feeling that probably in the world I had, I probably had a, an argument for hardest, I would say hardest where working 16 year old, 17 year old, 18 year old when I made it to my first regionals, you know, just because of how, just cause of how hard CrossFit is.

Sevan Matossian (15:20):

Right. Meaning you kept a, a discipline regimen that was so difficult. You’d be fucking hard pressed to believe that someone else was um,

Nicholas Paladino (15:30):

Uh, you, yeah, just like, just so any other

Sevan Matossian (15:32):

Kid was working harder than you. I mean, I wasn’t, I was at taco bell and chasing girls and like, I definitely, wasn’t hard, more

Nicholas Paladino (15:40):

Hardworking. You see, that’s the thing Sivan. I was, I was at McDonald’s like, I, I would enjoy myself outside the gym, but I would make sure that I would live at the gym. So, you know, yeah. Eight, nine hours. I would get there, say 10:00 AM. I would leave at say 7:00 PM. And you know, I got this from watching the rich, you know, the rich documentaries and whatnot that you recorded and probably say 16, 16 and a half. I was like, I wanna be rich. I wanna work out all day long. I, um, my dad has a Camaro Z 28. That’s his first car. Oh. And he had it parked in the garage and I told my mom, I was like, can you convince him to like pull it outta there so I could turn the, our garage into a gym. So like right from right from the get go. I all, all I wanted to pretty much do was work hard.

Sevan Matossian (16:27):

Uh, okay. Loves mom too much lives in, in New Jersey.

Nicholas Paladino (16:34):

Mama’s boy. I mean, I get made fun of, but

Sevan Matossian (16:36):

50 foot dog leash Camaro in garage. Hold on. I wanna see what ethnicity you are. Uh, punch all of these into my racist, super racist device. You are you’re Italian,

Nicholas Paladino (16:49):


Sevan Matossian (16:50):

Italian. I knew it.

Nicholas Paladino (16:51):

My mom,

Sevan Matossian (16:52):

You can’t, you can’t people. You can use prejudice. It’s weird. You can. It’s okay. You can you like guess, guess I’m middle Eastern. And my dad came here and opened a, a, a, a liquor store go figure. And he worked his ass off and saved his money. Weird, right. That, that a middle Eastern guy would do that racist. It’s the truth, man.

Nicholas Paladino (17:12):

That’s uh, like my, My, my grandpa, he took a boat over here when he was say 15 over here from Italy. Okay.

Sevan Matossian (17:21):

Italian man on a boat at 15.

Nicholas Paladino (17:23):

I wanna say, I wanna say maybe did

Sevan Matossian (17:25):

He have a big old loaf of bread? Did he have like a giant bag Ette on his shoulder and a fucked up hat? Like the one I’m wearing?

Nicholas Paladino (17:30):

No, I gotta be honest. I think, I think it was shit like on the boat. I think I, I just like compact and I think a bunch of people just like, like

Sevan Matossian (17:37):

Vomiting and puking. Yes.

Nicholas Paladino (17:39):

Oh, probably C6. Oh yeah. With, with the currents and stuff like that. Absolutely. I think, I think he said this, this Santa, maybe. I don’t know, one, one of those shit.

Sevan Matossian (17:48):

Hey, will you pull that? Are you laughing, Caleb? Is this Santa Maria? Like, is that like with one of the Mayflower ships? Like Nick showing off and I don’t get it. What are you laughing at Caleb?

Nicholas Paladino (17:57):

Yeah, it could be wrong. And that could be from, uh, stepbrothers, but

Sevan Matossian (18:00):

Okay. Hey, I’m I’m reading. Um, uh, Aristotle NASA is, uh, biography right now by a guy named Frank Brady. Yeah. I’m showing off a little anyway. And he’s a Greek dude. Right? And he talks about his journey for on boat. Um, probably before your grandfathers. His was more like at the, uh, early 19 hundreds, but he said they, he was in the bottom of the boat with a thousand other dudes and everyone just pissed and shit and vomited and everything just happened in this one spot. He said it was the most disgusting fucking month of his life.

Nicholas Paladino (18:31):

I couldn’t imagine living in prehistoric, you know, times like that, just not,

Sevan Matossian (18:36):


Nicholas Paladino (18:36):

You know, it, it, it feels like that, even though it was probably what I know, it was probably what three generations ago or, or what four generations ago,

Sevan Matossian (18:44):

Or, and now motherfuckers are afraid to go on a cruise ship cuz they might get COVID like, are you kidding me? I’d fucking drink. 10 gallons of COVID. I’d give myself a COVID en before. I’d want to be on one of those ships coming over, fucking sailing over the Atlantic in 1904.

Nicholas Paladino (18:59):

It, it does the, it does matter what state you’re in though. When I was so I was, I lived in Tennessee for four years. No, you nobody had a mask. Every gas station, every grocery store in the heart of COVID. Nobody was wearing masks.

Sevan Matossian (19:14):

Wait in, in Jersey.

Nicholas Paladino (19:15):

No, Tennessee.

Sevan Matossian (19:16):

Oh, Tennessee.

Nicholas Paladino (19:17):

Yeah. So I’m just saying, it kind of depends on the state. You know what I’m saying? But oh, in Jersey. Oh my God. Masked up anywhere. If you, if you don’t go somewhere with a mask, you look like an alien, you know? Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (19:26):

Yeah. It sits like that where I live too. Yeah. I didn’t play around though. I went to war. Hey. So I, um, and, and I went to war cuz, cuz I, because I do CrossFit and I eat, well, I don’t fucking eat Doritos Doritos. I don’t drink mountain Dew. Hey, um, how come? You’re not like all fat and fucked up. If you play video games and you don’t even look like a stoner.

Nicholas Paladino (19:50):

Yeah. I kind of jet, uh, I, I, I kind of just lost my appetite whenever. So whenever I train hard, you know, whatever, four or five, six hours a day, I’m eating constant meals three, four a day. Now that I’m kind of just sitting, chilling, I go on runs a few times a week and I, I, I keep up with the, with the weights here and there. But um, yeah, I just eat like once a day, maybe twice. I, I say I do intermittent fasting, but I kind of swap whenever I eat and stuff, but it does keep, it does keep me thin and stuff and you know, I don’t wanna be a fat swab and, and you know, and that leads to other stuff and you know,

Sevan Matossian (20:27):

Yeah. Also incredible.

Nicholas Paladino (20:28):

Also I’m only 23 years old, so I don’t wanna close mys I, I don’t wanna close my window. Yeah. To get back into CrossFit. Cuz I was thinking about

Sevan Matossian (20:36):

It. What really you would make, you would make another run.

Nicholas Paladino (20:42):

Oh, I mean, I, so I was thinking about it yesterday. I mean who, who cares? Whether you win the CrossFit games at, at 25, at 26 at, at 28, at 29. I mean, as long as you get one title and that’s what I would be chasing, you know, just like I was chasing for the six, seven years that I was competing. But I, I mean, I was thinking about it. It would probably take me five to six months to get me back into competing shape and then holy shit, probably probably in a year. I, I, I know that I can get back to where I need to be to be competing. You know, the personally I feel like the field has died down a little bit. The competition, you know, like compared to, I guess whenever Matt was there and

Sevan Matossian (21:18):

Oh, you’re Savage dude. Uh,

Nicholas Paladino (21:22):

I mean, I’m just, I’m just being honest, you know? Oh,

Sevan Matossian (21:25):

Uh, uh, like, and gentlemen, you heard it first on the Seon podcast, Nick Palino says the men have gotten soft in the, um, CrossFit games field. And he’s thinking about coming back and um, Hey, that’d be cool to see you with, uh, the Patrick brothers.

Nicholas Paladino (21:40):

Yeah, no, I mean, I

Sevan Matossian (21:41):

Would love to mix that shit up.

Nicholas Paladino (21:43):

And, and the only reason I say that is because, you know, I was, I was next to Matt Fraser, rich and uh, Hobar Austin mall Yolo.

Sevan Matossian (21:52):


Nicholas Paladino (21:53):

17 years old, 18 years old. And I was, I was competing with these guys. Like they weren’t, they weren’t washing me away. And, and you know, Matt, Matt would tell me like, you know, the potential that you have in the sport is, you know, is, is pretty exceptional. And so I, I kind of, kind of knew what I had.

Sevan Matossian (22:11):

Well, whether you’re delusional or not, and I’m not suggesting you are the hardest part to get is the belief and you got that that’s I mean, right. It it’s like,

Nicholas Paladino (22:23):

Yeah. I mean, I, I, I,

Sevan Matossian (22:26):

No, no, no champion UFC fighters, like, well, I’m not sure if I can do it, you know? Like you never, you never see any doubt from rich.

Nicholas Paladino (22:34):

Yeah, no, no. I mean, and, and I, I, I pretty much wherever I dive into, I have no doubt. Like I heard you say that, uh, I was supposed to be the heir to Matt Fraser, you know, a couple. And that reminded me of a, uh, of an interview I did when I was 17. Some lady I can’t remember, cross lady came out to me and was like, well, eventually your question was like, you know, what was her goals? And then I said, just to win more titles than rich did. And like, that was just my mindset from 17. So,

Sevan Matossian (23:00):

So good. Um, you’re born in Jersey.

Nicholas Paladino (23:03):

Uh, yeah.

Sevan Matossian (23:04):

Is your grandpa still alive?

Nicholas Paladino (23:05):

Yes. And my grandma. Yeah, my dad’s side.

Sevan Matossian (23:09):

And you guys still do, do people hang together, like people still come over for dinner and you, you got a pretty close family or

Nicholas Paladino (23:15):

That, that, that slowed down a lot. We used to have big family, you know, uncles, aunt to snap, but now it’s usually just immediate family sometimes, you know, my aunt Angie hops over and this and

Sevan Matossian (23:24):

That. Cause it just, you got older or cuz of COVID people turned into pusies.

Nicholas Paladino (23:28):

I would probably say both to be honest, like it was happening while we got older and then COVID kind of just like, just put a bullet into it, you know?

Sevan Matossian (23:36):

Yeah. Which

Nicholas Paladino (23:36):

Is tough, but you know, I guess it is what it is, I guess. Yeah. I don’t wanna be, I don’t wanna be a pussy, but like I also don’t wanna hand over COVID to my grandmother, you know, like that that’s the line. I, I feel like, you know, and, and my grandma isn’t really, I feel like that health aware. So I feel like I have that responsibility to try not to kind of give it to her and stuff, but that does, to me, that I kind of didn’t see my grandmother for years. I, I, I still went to go see her and stuff like that.

Sevan Matossian (24:08):

So you still kiss her

Nicholas Paladino (24:11):

Now? I do. Now that they have the vaccine,

Sevan Matossian (24:14):

I didn’t, um, I didn’t, uh, I, I was so sick for like three days this week and I saw my dad, I told, and I told my dad like not to come over cuz he got CR not cuz I’m scared. Like I don’t, I don’t think I, I, I, I, I have a little different mindset than you. I, I think that like, if you’re gonna get it, you’re gonna get it. You’re gonna get it. You’re gonna get it. I don’t think there’s any, like, I don’t think Nick Pinos giving it to his grandma. I don’t think he’s GI. I don’t for, I just don’t believe it’s working like that. But um, but I didn’t kiss my dad when he came over yesterday, which is weird. Cuz usually if I see him, you know, I only see him like once or twice a week, I will run over to ’em and grab ’em. Yeah. Sometimes I try to even be more affectionate with them just so my kids will see it. So when they get old they’ll be like, oh, that’s how you’re supposed to treat. Cuz you know what I mean? I want them always to run over and give a big hug.

Nicholas Paladino (24:59):

That’s how I was. That’s how I was raised. Every time I get off the phone with my dad and my mom, I say, love you. And then every time I go see my like my mom or dad throughout the day, every time I like leave to go back to my room, I always say, love you. Yeah. It’s kind of just something that we’ve kind of just, I guess a habit over time.

Sevan Matossian (25:15):

I don’t let my boys leave the house without kissing their mom. So like we I’ll be like, yo, we’re going to the tennis court. Let’s go. And they’ll jump in the van. I’ll be like, did you guys kiss your mom? They’re like, oops. And then they just, they, you know what I mean? They jump out and run back in the house and kiss her goodbye. I mean, she, she made em it’s the least they could

Nicholas Paladino (25:30):

Do, but you don’t, you don’t make them say love you.

Sevan Matossian (25:33):

Oh, all that. Yeah, yeah, yeah. That too. But, but yeah. Yeah,

Nicholas Paladino (25:36):

But the kiss you want the kiss as well and the cheek.

Sevan Matossian (25:38):

Yeah. Mom always should get some physical affection. Gotcha. Plus I, I think she thinks that every time I leave the house with em, it could be the last time she sees them. She thinks we’re gonna get into some sort of shit.

Nicholas Paladino (25:48):

I mean, you guys are just, you guys are just skateboarding and you know, doing some UFC and some, you know yes. Sporting shit, you know? Yes.

Sevan Matossian (25:54):

I think she thinks we’re gonna get arrested.

Nicholas Paladino (25:58):

Hey, crazy shit could always happen.

Sevan Matossian (25:59):

So, so you’re, you’re, you’re born in Jersey and um, uh, sounds like a typical, typical story you come from, uh, you know, your second generation, hardcore immigrant people, people just know how to work and grind and everyone takes care of their own. And um, and then, and, and then at 16, um, you decide that you wanna homeschool so that you could dedicate yourself to, um, sport. Had you ever shown that commitment to anything before in your life? Was that the first thing? Did you ever have a paper route or any think crazy where like this is be the biggest paper out in Jersey or?

Nicholas Paladino (26:33):

Uh, so I was kind of, I just played a bunch of sports. I did, I did wrestling, I did baseball and then I did football. So I, and then I actually did basketball too. Wow. I actually had a nice jumper. So I was just that guy that was just doing everything. You know what I’m saying? Just occupied. So it was either sports or video games just because I, I was a loner. I kind of, I would hang out with friends, maybe, maybe, you know, twice a month, three times a month and stuff like that, you know, whenever they would get me outta the house, but, and then, and then yeah. And then when I, yeah, look at that. I don’t know. I D maybe

Sevan Matossian (27:03):

Holy shit, you used to be a girl.

Nicholas Paladino (27:07):

I do look like I wearing lipstick, right?

Sevan Matossian (27:08):

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. You look like, he looks like, um, he looks like, uh, James Hobart in the fake Seon podcast. Uh, uh, doesn’t he, uh, Instagram account. Wow.

Nicholas Paladino (27:22):


Sevan Matossian (27:22):

You turn, it’s amazing. When little facial hair can do.

Nicholas Paladino (27:25):

Yeah. People tell me, I look 30 now. They used to call me pretty boy, cuz I used to gel my hair right before games. Like my hair used to be just, just thick.

Sevan Matossian (27:35):

Uh, excuse me, real quick Seon. A big movement to not force kids to do something they don’t want to do like hugging grandma, my body, my TWI. Right, right, right. Oh, fuck yourself. Um, no, I know you’re joking. Jake

Sevan Matossian (27:48):

Force my kids. I fucking force ’em to do everything and they love it. Um, and they, and they really do. I should do a whole show on that. If you do not have really strict boundaries for your kids, if you are a progressive parent, if you believe in exploring every idea and thought your kids have, you will have fucked up manic, mentally fucked up kids, kids need crazy strict boundaries to be free. And when your kid says shit, ignore 95% of the shit they say don’t react to your kids. Support them, but don’t react. You’re not their friend. You’re their parent. There he is. Look it. I thought that was James Hobart. That’s Nick pina. Look it Hobar Hobart. Hobart and his photos. 50, 50% through transition right there. He’s on the hormones are the hormone. Uh, blockers are working Hobart. My goodness. Someone, you know, what’s so cool. Nick is someone made this account like making fun of us. Oh shit. Oh shit. Nick’s up there. Click that. How come Nick looks like a dude. How come the rest of us look like we’re 10% through transition. Nick looks like a dude.

Nicholas Paladino (28:56):

That’s actually not a bad picture at all.

Sevan Matossian (28:59):

Geez. Oh, not to be confused with Paul Salina burning questions for the guys. How does it feel to go from being an absolute top of the game with peak physical Nike deals training with Fraser pulling in chick to now just being a dude plays video games in his mom’s

Nicholas Paladino (29:12):

Basement. Ah mom’s garage by the way. But

Sevan Matossian (29:17):

Yeah. And he is got a heater in there. So fuck you

Nicholas Paladino (29:19):

Two heaters, two heater gotta stay warm. You know, I mean it gets freezing over here in the winter for freezing.

Sevan Matossian (29:27):

I, um, I, I was getting kicked in and out of my mom’s house until I was 34.

Nicholas Paladino (29:32):

I mean, I, I, so I, have

Sevan Matossian (29:34):

You ever been kicked out? Have you ever been kicked out?

Nicholas Paladino (29:36):

No. No, but I chose to leave. So at, uh, 17, just because of opportunities, but um, but yeah, I forgot my point.

Sevan Matossian (29:44):

Did you go to cook? When did you go to Cookville at 17?

Nicholas Paladino (29:47):

Yeah. So that was the, yeah. So right before that I was at, uh, I was at Reebok HQ, me and Angela. We actually, we actually visited there for a little bit and then I decided to stay there for a while and then.

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