I interviewed him. Aside from the standard questions, I wanted to know what a typical day consisted of at the house. The truth is that there's a reason they go crazy. Notable quote:
Scarola: You train four hours a day. So besides that, you're in the house the rest of the time.
MMA Madness: No breaks?
Scarola: You train two hours in the morning and two hours at night, so you have that break in between, but that's it. You got four hours of your total day training and 20 hours at the house chilling. You can only play ping-pong so much in one day.
MMA Madness: How far apart are the training center and the house?
Scarola: It's like a half-hour drive, I'd say.
So for 6 hours a day you're not in the house. Yet, even when you're outside you're still just working out and training. I'll admit: that's a lot to handle. I won't say it's as bad as the Marine Corps boot camp I suffered through (for starters that's 13 weeks and then some), but at boot camp everything is so regimented that you don't really have time to be bored. That luxury isn't something afforded to the fighters in that house.
As Doug Stanhope says, "Boredom is a disease worse than cancer. Drugs cure it with little to no side effect if used as directed."