Matt James from The Bachelorette shared that he and the “quarantine crew” are getting creative when it comes to finding ways to pass the time and have fun.
He dished with Showbiz Cheat Sheet about the giant slip and slide he and the rest of the housemates, including Tyler Cameron, built using homemade materials. James also teased about a few “upcoming” projects that will involve 30 small inflatable pools, Jell-O, and pudding.
Both James and Cameron are sharing plenty of videos and photos from their quarantine house in Florida. James and friends not only soaped up the massive plastic layout on their front lawn, but James even got on his skateboard so he could “hang 10” inside a manufactured wave.
What’s really going on inside the quarantine cave?
Although it looks like every day is a party inside the quarantine crew’s home, James says he feels lucky he had somewhere to ride out the pandemic. James is supposed to be joining Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette. However, production paused due to the pandemic.
“Having friends who are willing to open up their homes to people in such a crazy time we’re in, I’m fortunate enough to be down here [in Florida] in warm weather and generally out of harm’s way in terms of what everyone’s doing with the virus,” he says.
He adds that he and the guys are also just finding ways to pass the time. “We just find things around the house and try to get creative,” much to everyone’s detriment, he jokes. “We just ordered a bunch of inflatable pools so we’ve got 30 small pools we’re going to fill up eventually. Amazon has been a very big partner in what we’re doing, having their site open and being able to order things that we don’t need.”
James adds that even though he and the crew can put away the food during the pandemic, including comfort food, they balance the junk with extra workouts.
Join Matt James and celebrity trainers for a good cause
Bumping up his fitness while being on lockdown is one reason why James is so excited about NEOU’s 12-hour Fit-A-Thon, streaming on Instagram Live on Thursday, April 23. From 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. ET, NEOU will host a live fitness event, featuring celebrity hosts and trainers from The Biggest Loser, The Bachelorette, and more.
James’ 2:30 p.m. high-intensity interval training class (HIIT) is going to be a kicked-up competition. He says HIIT training isn’t his normal routine. “But I wanted to push myself to the brink. Is it my standard workout? No, but we’ll be talking a lot of junk and I hope we’ll raise a bunch of money.”
The Fit-a-Thon was born from James’ and close friend and fundraising organizer Patrick Long’s passion for helping frontline healthcare workers through the COVID-19 pandemic. Long said the efforts started small and grew from there to become Operation Food Fight.
“We started super-small, grassroots with a few friends in quarantine trying to be part of the solution,” Long explains. “My girlfriend actually works in the pediatric ICU at one of the hospitals in New York. And we figured, let’s just send them a meal. One day it was a pizza delivery just as a boost.”
But the idea took off and grew to the fundraiser through NEOU, which is Long’s gym in New York. “We reach out at a grassroots direct level at hospitals in New York, New Jersey and now Florida,” he adds.
James and Long are even down for a challenge. They are mulling over cycling or running a mile for every dollar donated.
Interested in trying NEOU for yourself? Visit www.neoufitness.com for a special offer of 30 days free followed by $50 for the year. Tune in live for the Fit-a-Thon on NEOU’s Instagram @neoufitness.
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