By Elizabeth Liberatore
Photos by James Patrick
Paul Green donned some pretty impressive jerseys throughout his eight-year career in the NFL. Green, who played tight end, has sported everything from blue and orange for the Denver Broncos; blue, silver and bright green for the Seattle Seahawks; and black, gold, and white for the New Orleans Saints while out on the field.
“I started out in Denver which was great since we went to Super Bowl 24 that year. We got killed, but the experience was awesome. I then went to Seattle for four years and finished up in New Orleans,” Green explains.
The former football player hails from Coalinga, California, a small farm town. He reminisces about spending every summer working on his family’s farm.
“My father grows pistachios and my two siblings and I would always help [him out on the farm]. Back then it was all tomatoes, cotton and grapes, which made for a lot of work but some great tomato fights,” Green recalls.
He went on to study at University of Southern California and earned a degree in communications. Additionally, he was a tight end for the football team there.
“I’m a USC Trojan for life! [My communication] studies taught me to stop talking about USC in Sun Devil territory, though,” he laughs.
Since leaving the NFL, Green has tried his hand at a variety of other pursuits – one being acting. His best friend who is also an actor, Patrick Muldoon, encouraged him to pursue the craft after football. Green followed his friend’s advice and in 2003 landed a role in the HBO comedy-drama television series, Entourage.
“It was a small role but to this day I still get recognized by college kids as ‘calf guy,’” he says.
His calf guy role led to other appearances in shows such as Alias, CSI Miami, and many others.
When he isn’t making cameo appearances, Green can be found at his other passion, The Body Lab (www.thebodylabus.com), which has locations in both Phoenix and Scottsdale. The studio is equipped with Lagree Fitness machines and classes that put a whole new spin on Pilates.
Lagree Fitness emerged when former bodybuilder Sebastien Lagree was tired of making time for both strength training and cardio routines inside and outside of the gym. His solution, Lagree Fitness, tackles both areas in half the time and in one place. The revolutionary workout challenges the body’s endurance and strength simultaneously, which hooked Green after his first session.
Green’s joints have taken quite a beating over the years, from playing basketball every day until his 44th birthday to harsh blows taken on the football field. The popular fitness method became his joints’ saving grace.
“Lagree Fitness has been an eye-opening experience! I didn’t think there was something that could match the intensity of my training and be much easier on the joints, but here it is,” he says. “The first time I went into a Lagree studio I was in great shape but I only did 30 percent of the workout – it was that hard! I am a stickler for form and if you do it correctly, [no other workout] will net better results.”
The Body Lab offers Lagree Fitness classes, which activate slow twitch body fibers via controlled movements. It is a full-body workout that every trainer spices up based on his or her unique personality. The constant variation keeps Green coming back for more.
“All of the trainers are amazing and I love the different personalities and specialties that come through in their classes,” he says.
Green admits that most former football players miss the camaraderie of the team. Although no one could replace his former brothers on the Broncos, Seahawks and Saints, he has found a new community at his fitness studio.
“It really feels like a family, and when you have 11 or 12 people in class struggling together and of the like mind to better themselves. it’s really a natural high that can’t be duplicated,” Green explains.
The fitness fanatic is no newbie to the Valley. He first moved here in 1992 to train with Mack Newton during his offseason after suffering from a serious football injury. He officially made Arizona home around six years ago.
“I moved here in 2011 for a wonderful woman who ended up giving me the greatest gift of my life, my almost 4-year-old boy Jack!”
Fatherhood has proven to be this former NFL’s favorite pursuit.
“It’s such an adventure every day watching him [Jack] grow into this little human being. My favorite time is just playing with him and letting his imagination run wild, which it does! At the end of the day I can only hope to show him as much love as I can and instill in him the values that I believe will make him a better man someday,” he smiles.
It goes without saying that Green has always chosen to live an active lifestyle. Whether it was chasing his siblings around on the farm, playing basketball and football throughout his life, taking Lagree classes at The Body Lab, or playing hide-and-seek with his son – health has always been at the forefront.
“Health is everything!” he says. “Please take time to educate yourself on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle as it not only affects your well-being, but all those around you as well.”