Corey Calliet may have stepped on to the “Revenge Body” scene as the show’s toughest trainer, but heading into its third season, he assures us that viewers will see a softer side of him.
“I can get on your ass and get you to do what you need to do, but I was also able to share that I care about you,” the trainer recently told Page Six. “This is about me treating you like family, this is real life.”
Despite fans seeing a sweeter side of Calliet, he hits the ground running with his TV clients.
“I say, ‘You have a short period to do everything that you need [in order] to be what you always wanted,’” he said. “I make them understand how serious it is, I tell them, ‘Use me to get whatever you want out of me in the short time that you have me,’ and I try to get the best you that you can possibly be in this time.”
E! revealed last week that Calliet’s clients both have suffered emotional trauma with their families and personal issues that pushed the “Revenge Body” process far beyond any number on the scale.
“People are starting to look at ‘Revenge Body’ as being more of a show that’s an overall change outside of being just a physical transformation,” he said. “[The show] helps people to look at themselves and change themselves if they’re not happy with where they are in life at this moment.”
Ahead of the July 7th premiere, Calliet likened his clients’ transformations to that of the show’s host, Khloé Kardashian.
“Her body is different every single year, granted it was forward progress but now you’re seeing the work that was put behind and how long it took to get where you need to be at,” he said. “Rome wasn’t built overnight and you sure didn’t put that fat on overnight so it’s going take time to take it off. We’re not [getting] crazy results where you’re just super fat and then you got crazy abs at the end.”
Staying realistic he added, “I don’t want you to think that you’re going to look like some supermodel in 12 weeks because it won’t happen, the goal is to get the best version that you can possibly get out of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally … I’m not going to oversell you on these crazy goals, I’m going to sell you on what’s going to help you get to the next level once this show is completely over.”
Calliet, who is based in Los Angeles, is responsible for getting Michael B. Jordan ready for the ring in “Creed.”
“If it wasn’t for me, he would not be fit at all,” Calliet joked. “Honestly, me and Mike, it’s a brotherhood thing, we always know that we have a task and we set the bar really high … the mentality is that every time we do a movie, the goal is to beat ourselves every time.”
Taking some techniques from his training with Jordan, Calliet told us that his “Revenge Body” clients did a lot of jumping rope and high-intensity interval training.
But when it comes to working with people who aren’t prepping to be prodigies of Rocky Balboa, Calliet said the show prepares its participants for their own successful future.
“I think ‘Revenge Body’ is the perfect start for somebody that wants to lose weight, it gives them the confidence to grow, it gives them the reality and makes them realize, ‘OK, I can do this, I just have to keep going.’”
“Revenge Body” premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. on E!