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Caroline entered the sport and entertainment media industry in 2010 when she became the presenting face of International Strongman. She presented the hugely popular Christmas show ‘The World’s Strongest Man’ in 2011 for Channel 5, attracting over 1 million viewers. Caroline also commentated on The CrossFit Games for Eurosport, an event touted as the World Championships of fitness. She commentated the first CrossFit Live Invitational between USA and Europe and The European CrossFit Games Championships. Caroline has presented Europe’s largest rugby sevens, netball and music festival – The Bournemouth Sevens as well as the Dubai Rugby Sevens. And being a keen motorsports fan Caroline relished her role as presenter of The Paris Motor Show for MSN TV. Caroline produced and presented her own athlete interview series ‘The Truth: Athlete Insights’ for online sports platform ‘Exclusive Sports Media’ interviewing athletes from track and field to ski cross and rugby. Proving her presenting versatility she also ventured into the world of showbiz and interviewed the stars of Star Trek, Highlander and Spooks at ‘The Greatest Show in the Galaxy’ to a live event audience. Fitness Health & Expert When not on screen Caroline is busy in the fitness and health industry for which she has over 15 years of experience. She is the author of ‘Better Body Workouts for Women’, a personalised approach to fitness, with publishers Human Kinetics and helps people to get fit at home with her high intensity award winning fitness DVD series ‘The Total Body Collection’, via her workouts on the FitOn app, and via her social media platforms. Workouts from her DVDs are featured each week on Fitness and Fab TV in the UK and are also available as an app. She previously contributed to a monthly column ‘Caroline’s Core Moves’ for BodyFit magazine in the UK and is a contributor and cover model for many more publications. Caroline travels the globe as the face of the company and a master trainer and ambassador for Performance Health Systems presenting Power Plate whole body vibration education and wellness principles. In 2015 she launched her 'Gladiator Workout' series which uses her bespoke athlete training system along with MMA fitness routines. This series was adopted in all Virgin Active gyms in Australia, select Fitness First clubs in Asia and now in the US. Her latest workouts can be found on Power Plate’s new On-Demand platform and app. Caroline worked with Universal Pictures on the launch of their TabataTM fitness training concept. She was also the television expert and sports science expert for ProSkins intelligent apparel in the UK and Australia. In addition, Caroline is the creator of the online weight loss nutrition plan ‘JustSlim’ and has featured as a TV fitness expert on both UK and US networks. She now specializes as an innovative content creator and educator for fitness brands and products looking for a qualified voice to represent and showcase them across social media platforms, web and on air.
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Jovin Tardif is a freelance writer, storyteller, interviewer, reviewer and conversation starter.

Conversation with Host, Model and Presenter Caroline Pearce

Today, I received my front row VIP seats to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). I am so excited. UFC is the largest MMA promotion company in the world. It features some of the highest-level fighters in the sport.  The first event started back in 1993. The behind-the-scenes package also includes a meeting with host, model, author, and presenter Caroline Pearce. All I have to do is get on a plane and head west. Wait…wasn’t I just on a plane with the media?

When the plane landed, I was instructed to look for a sign. I giggled as I saw a chauffeur with my name on a piece of paper. It was like being in a John Hughes movie. After that, I was directed to a limo. Inside the limousine included many amenities for example a television, surround-sound systems and video game consoles. There was unlimited alcohol and bottles of water. Hmmmm…why not try out the video game console and a glass of water. As we approached the venue, I smiled.

I stepped out of the limo where I was immediately greeted by Caroline Pearce. Honestly, I was shocked as I am a big fan of the Gladiators franchise. I remembered her play the character of ‘Ice’ in Sky One’s version of Gladiators. But, I had to remind myself to remain professional. My brain went a mile a minute as I thought about how to start a conversation with sports host, model, published author, and presenter…Caroline Pearce. Don’t be starstruck, don’t be starstruck, don’t be starstruck.

To ease the tension, Caroline Pearce pointed to the Octagon and started talking about the structure. We walked towards the Octagon and I learned as Caroline explained the UFC cage. The octagonal structure has walls of metal chain-link fence coated with black vinyl. The standard octagon has a diameter of 30 ft (9.1 m) with a 6 ft (1.8 m) high fence. The cage sits atop a platform, raising it 4 ft (1.2 m) from the ground. It has foam padding around the top of the fence and between each of the eight sections. It also has two entry-exit gates opposite each other.  I was mesmerized by this magnificent layout.

The next thing I heard was the door close. I looked at Caroline and she replied: “Rookie treatment. Good luck!” We both laughed but now I started to hear entrance music playing in the background.  I thought to myself: “Oh no, not again.”

Caroline Pearce
Sports Broadcaster Caroline Pearce

Interview with Host, Model, Author, and Presenter Caroline Pearce

1. Can we discuss your time as a heptathlete and bobsledder for Great Britain?

Yes of course. I competed in heptathlon from age 17 (age 13 for pentathlon before that) winning National Championships and competing for Great Britain. The heptathlon is the 7 track and field disciplines that take place over 2 days and each event is scored. I loved the variety and camaraderie with the other athletes. At age 24, I tried out for the British Bobsled team and earned a place on Team Great Britain for the lead up to the World Championships. It was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life hurtling down the track at 80 miles per hour with 5G’s plus of force!

2. How do you physically and mentally prepare for a competition?

By making sure I put in the training and work hard. There are no short cuts… training, recovery and nutrition have to be on point. But just as important is the mindset and mental training. I would do a lot of mental rehearsal, especially during times of injury when my physical training was limited and more so on the day of competition, making sure I mentally addressed every scenario for every event in my head. I’d use visualization techniques in particular.

3. Let’s discuss the importance of good health. Do you have any fitness tips?

I have lots of fitness tips to share :). Check out my Instagram @carolinepearce where I provide tips daily! But if I were to provide just one here it would be ‘consistency’. Doing something to move every day will ensure long term results. I advise consistency over short intense bursts of fitness followed by an equal number of weeks of inactivity. Consistency is key with workouts and diet.

4. What sort of advice would you give about proper nutrition?

With so many ‘diets’ being discussed from Keto to Vegan to Intermittent Fasting, I would say just find what works for you long term. What way of eating can you sustain for the rest of your life? If the above is not sustainable then why put your body through a yo-yo approach to dieting. When in doubt eat ‘clean’ foods (naturally occurring and not packaged) with a balance of nutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrate) 5-6 times per day. A simple DNA Fit style test will give you more detailed information on what foods your body does and doesn’t respond to but often we know this based on how our stomach, energy levels and mood alters after eating. Eat clean and eat intuitively whenever you can. This is my motto!

5. You are known as ‘Ice’ from the hit TV show ‘UK Gladiators’ on Sky 1. Any interesting stories from the show?

That show was so much fun and I can’t share all our secrets haha! But seriously we all got on really well. During and outside of filming and training we would all call each other by our Gladiator names. I even have everyone’s number saved in my phone under their Gladiator name. I can also tell you that Ian Wright, our show host, was desperate to try out the games! He’d stand there with his microphone itching to play on the rings and climb the wall! I think he wanted to be a Gladiator too!

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Sports Broadcaster Caroline Pearce

6. You are currently the lead host for the Professional Fighters League (PFL) on ESPN presenting pre and post-fight shows, hosting the show and conducting in-cage post-fight interviews with fighters. Do you have any advice you would give to students about how to conduct interviews?

I’m loving the PFL and can’t wait until Season 3! Interviewing is my favorite part as I’m naturally inquisitive and love storytelling. My advice would be to do your homework. Know your subject really really well! In addition, when you ask questions make sure to actually listen to what your interviewee is saying! Sometimes they will open up subject areas the viewer would love to hear more about. Avoid just sticking to your questions and be fluid with the direction of the conversation. Ask open-ended questions that allow for longer answers and not just ‘yes’ or ’no’ answers and most of all be passionate about your job!

7. Caroline Pearce, how do you prepare to host a show?

I research by watching tape and reading up on the latest news and fighter specific stories. This is hours of work that people don’t see. I’m a big notetaker and still like a traditional pen and paper style of note-taking. I’ll make long-form notes and then condense them into shorter notes and bullet point questions. Then it ’s about getting in a good mental space. Whilst getting ready and in rehearsals, I just get excited about the event, about my job and the chance to do what I love. I drink hot water with honey as the arena can often be very dry and cold and so not good for a lot of talking!

8. Can we discuss ‘UFC: Beyond the Octagon’ and just for fun, can you tell us about a favourite moment?

This show ended a couple of years ago. It was a studio show I hosted in the UK at BT Sport studios with Gareth A Davies. We would review and preview fights, have fighters come on as guests to interview and play some fun games! A fun moment was Conor McGregor coming on the show for the first time and talking live to Chad Mendes who was in Brazil getting ready to face Jose Aldo for the title. Chad asked Conor if he knew what wrestling was and Conor told Chad ‘I know how to rest my balls on your forehead’! This was hilarious and went viral!!

 

Sports Broadcaster Caroline Pearce
 

9. You are also a US correspondent. Can you discuss how that connection happened and the different networks you are working for?

I moved out to Los Angeles in February 2016 for different work opportunities and for sunshine! It was something I’d always wanted to do and since with BT Sport we were heading out to Vegas a lot more to cover the events live rather than doing our studio show it made sense. I became their US correspondence from that point onwards. Also at that time Fox Sports hired me to cover events for them. So I’d say Fighting combined with my fitness business gave me the opportunity to live and work Stateside. I now also work for PFL on ESPN which so far has all been in the US.

10. Caroline Pearce, you traveled to India to host the first-ever World Cup of Kabaddi for Star Sports India. What can you tell us about the World Cup?

That was a very unique experience. I’d never been to India before or watched the sport of Kabaddi but both surprised and enchanted me in so many ways! India was eye-opening, beautiful and humbling. Everyone was so friendly and happy and the community is very passionate about their sports. Kabaddi is the second biggest sport in India I believe behind cricket.  Millions tuned in to watch the World Cup and I had so much fun learning the sport and hosting the show, working with Indian stars as well as a truly international team. The sport is fast-paced, kind of a mix between wrestling and touch rugby, combined with breath-hold work!! Every time a player makes a ‘raid’ (run) they have to chant the word ‘Kabaddi’ under their breath continuously for 60 seconds! I’d encourage everyone to Google it and check it out!!

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Jovin Tardif is a freelance writer, storyteller, interviewer, reviewer and conversation starter.

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