EXCLUSIVE | 'The Titan Games' Season 2: Kareem Brinson reveals he listened to Post Malone to de-stress himself
'The Titan Games' premiered on NBC on May 25, with an electrifying episode. Battles were won and lost, tears were shed, both joy and sorrow while the fans cheered for the participants and the Titans. In the show, competitors will go up against each other and the winner will fight a 'Titan', a professional, medal-winning athlete all for a staggering $100,000.
MEA World Wide (MEAWW) caught up with Kareem Brinson, a participant on the show right in time for the episode. Brinson is a DJ entertainer and group fitness instructor from New Jersey. Asked what motivated him to take on the show, he says, "I love a great challenge. I love competition. I am a crossfit active competitor, so this was right up my alley, as it was testing fitness and heart." He says this was the 'ideal' competition for him and he loved the first season of the show and that he was 'super blessed' to be selected.
Speaking about how his family reacted, he says, "My family is super supportive. My wife is very happy, my daughter might have been more happy than I was, you know. She was excited to see Dwayne Johnson in person. They were very happy as they had seen the hard work that I put in on a day-to-day basis."
No surprises that the show is a physically draining one. On how he managed to reduce the stress for himself, Brinson says that he just listened to some music. "It was mostly physically taxing. The best way to de-stress, was to come home and just soak in a bathtub and listen to some good music. I'm a music fan, I am also a DJ so I know the right playlist."
What song made him feel lighter? "I love Post Malone so anything Post Malone is chill and gets me to relax. Whenever my mind is racing, or I've had a very long day and I just need to unwind, I make a Post-Malone playlist, and it takes me right where I need to be."
Brinson says that his biggest challenge was competing against his friends. "I was very happy with how everything turned out, to be honest, everything played out the way it was supposed to. My biggest challenge was just trying to compete against friends. I've made friends with everyone there so, the person you're facing is not just a competitor, it's a friend. You guys develop a bond. So, it was hard to like go against someone like that. I think that was like the biggest, the biggest thing for me."
What was his biggest learning from the show? "You have to stay motivated. I personally feel like I can improve on a lot of areas in my fitness. I think this competition showed a little more holes where I lack. And I can work on motivation, stay motivated and stay encouraged through competition is definitely one of the learnings. So I've been working on that, looking forward to display that in the near future too."
'The Titan Games' airs on NBC, Mondays, at 8 pm.