On March 12, we interviewed fitness master Dávid Gaugin, who says he is the true manifestation of everything ultra-marathon, motivational, extreme physical endurance person David Goggins wishes he could be. In an exclusive sit-down conversation in which we were not allowed to sit, Gaugin talked to us about his inner strength, ability to exercise 24 hours per day, and how he is a terrible house guest.
INTERVIEWER: A lot of people have heard of David Goggins but probably not of you, Dávid Gaugin.
DÁVID GAUGIN: Keep moving! Keep fucking moving!
INTERVIEWER: Sorry. I’m doing it. Why do I have to keep running in place during this interview?
DÁVID GAUGIN: Because I’m an asshole, basically. And this is what you do when you spend time with me.
INTERVIEWER: Are you doing this to show up David Goggins, because his reputation is to push people to their limits through physical activity?
DÁVID GAUGIN: The difference between me and David Goggins is that my name is French-sounding, number one. And number two, he rests.
INTERVIEWER: He rests?
DÁVID GAUGIN: Keep fucking moving. He rests. He sleeps and eats sometimes, and I don’t.
INTERVIEWER: You don’t eat or sleep?
DÁVID GAUGIN: No. I just work out and run and shit all the time. No breaks. No food. Ever.
INTERVIEWER: That’s impossible.
DÁVID GAUGIN: Impossible is a word you use to put limitations on yourself.
INTERVIEWER: You don’t eat or sleep?
DÁVID GAUGIN: Your pussy is showing.
DÁVID GAUGIN: Let me tell you a story. I went over to a celebrity’s house one time. He invited me. I want to make that clear. And we spent a day together. I didn’t take a cab. I ran there, so I could keep exercising. I stood in front of his door doing pushups till he answered. Then I came inside and told him, “You don’t push yourself enough. You need to do something every day that not only sucks, but also sucks all day, every day.”
INTERVIEWER: Like what? What did you want him to do?
DÁVID GAUGIN: I told him that if you never stop moving, for an entire 24-hour cycle, you will see you can achieve anything. I’m talking about non-stop movement. No rest. No eating. Just keep doing that for 24 hours.
INTERVIEWER: That seems crazy.
DÁVID GAUGIN: Keep fucking moving, motherfucker!
DÁVID GAUGIN: I burned all the beds in his house.
INTERVIEWER: You what?
DÁVID GAUGIN: I burned it all. No way for him to sleep without a bed. And I smeared garbage and shit all over his floors so he couldn’t fall asleep there. I even fucked his couch.
INTERVIEWER: You fucked his couch?
DÁVID GAUGIN: So that he could never use it again.
INTERVIEWER: I can’t quite picture that.
DÁVID GAUGIN: If I fucked your couch, you’d know what I mean. You could never use it again.
INTERVIEWER: O.K. I believe you.
DÁVID GAUGIN: Let me tell you what I told him. Nobody likes the dude who comes into your house and forces you to do calisthenics, pull-ups, and squats till you puke and try to call the police. Everyone likes the dude who says, “Hey, why don’t you take a break, and we’ll order a pizza and watch the game.”
INTERVIEWER: Yeah. Yeah, I’d like the guy who wants to watch the game with me too.
DÁVID GAUGIN: Nobody likes the friend who fucks your couch and says shit like, do fucking sit ups or I’ll shoot your fucking pets! Nobody is into that guy. You know who they’re into?
DÁVID GAUGIN: They’re into the friend who says, “Hey man, let’s talk about your problems. Let’s have a couple beers and hang out on your porch and have a deep conversation about life and maybe order a super delicious dinner and watch a movie later.”
INTERVIEWER: Why wouldn’t you want a friend like that? That sounds like a really enjoyable evening.
DÁVID GAUGIN: Start doing sit ups.
DÁVID GAUGIN: Do it!
INTERVIEWER: O.K. O.K.
DÁVID GAUGIN: So, anyway, he did this whole 24-hour routine with me. And at the end of it, I asked him if he ever thought he had the power within himself to accomplish what he just did.
INTERVIEWER: What did he say?
DÁVID GAUGIN: He died somewhere in hour 16, but I didn’t talk to his body till hour 24 because I’m disciplined.
INTERVIEWER: He died?
DÁVID GAUGIN: If you don’t believe in yourself, that happens?
INTERVIEWER: Is that a question?
DÁVID GAUGIN: I guess?
INTERVIEWER: Are you all right?
DÁVID GAUGIN: I’m feeling weird.
INTERVIEWER: Maybe you should rest for a second.
DÁVID GAUGIN: Fuck you, pussy!
INTERVIEWER: You look really bad. How long have you been doing this stuff?
DÁVID GAUGIN: Four days.
INTERVIEWER: You’ve been exercising for four days straight?
DÁVID GAUGIN: I believe in myself.
INTERVIEWER: I’m going to call an ambulance.
DÁVID GAUGIN: You’re a pussy.
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