Hi everyone! I’m Jonny and the story of my journey really began around the age of 11, roughly 1995 or so. I had the chance to attend the Arnold Classic that year with my dad and I became hooked on health, fitness, and weightlifting. My dad then started taking me to the gym and I absolutely loved lifting weights and working out. What started as just training for football and sports turned into a serious passion. I saw great results on the football field and eventually walked on to a Division 1 football program. I played for the University of Tennessee as a cornerback from 2002-2006 and was even a member of the ’04 Peach Bowl and ’05 Cotton Bowl championship team. When I graduated, I knew it was time to hang up the pads but I certainly wasn’t done with health and fitness. I continued to lift and train hard daily. Eventually I got into competing in the NPC bodybuilding shows. I am currently competing at the national level in the classic physique division, seeking professional status in the IFBB. Training and helping others improve their health is a passion of mine, and I recently left a job of 10 years to pursue health and fitness full-time. Over the last few years, I slowly moved into fitness full time. I got my NASM personal training certification, as well as my NASM fitness nutrition specialist certification, and my NASM/AFAA Group Training Certification. Just this past year I joined the team at Six Pack Abs.com full time and I am currently the Director of Online Coaching at Six Pack Shortcuts. I currently have 22 online coaching clients all over the world including Australia, Amsterdam, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and of course here in the heartland of the USA!!

 

Question: How did you get started with bodybuilding and weight training?
Answer: 
Back in 1996, my dad took me to the Arnold Classic. At the time he was working for Ostrim, a health and nutrition company. Even thought I was only 12 years old at the time, I immediately fell in love with bodybuilding after spending the weekend at the expo with my dad. I also started working out in the gym right around that time. I used bodybuilding as an escape from the stresses of adolescence, but mainly to improve my performance on the football field. I ended up playing football in college at the University of Tennessee as a defensive back (cb) from 2002-2006. All throughout my career I always did bodybuilding on the side, obsessed with the magazines and supplements, doing what I could to achieve the physique of my dreams. After college football is when I got into competing, and it has been love ever since.

 
Question: Where does your motivation come from?
Answer: 
I’m wired a bit differently than most. My motivation comes from the inside, and I have a hard time explaining to somehow I do what I do. Since I started bodybuilding at 12 years old, I literally have not taken off more than 5 days in a row. It’s just the way I am. If I had to pick my motivation source other than my internal wiring, I would choose my father, Frank Catanzano, who taught me everything I know and got me into this sport from the beginning.

 
Question: What workout routine has worked best for you?
Answer: 
This is a tough answer. As a full time fitness coach, my job is to write workouts. What I can tell you is I will just about never do the same exact workout twice.  I generally train for hypertrophy- 4-6 sets- 6-12 reps – 15-25 sets total.  No need to be in the gym for over 90 mins.

 
Question: If you had to pick only three exercises, what would they be?
Answer: 
Squat, deadlift, and bench duh!! 🙂

 
Question: When trying to cut down, do you prefer HIIT or just normal cardio?
Answer:
I prefer HIIT due to my bodies response but either is fine. I do a mixture.

 
Question: What is your diet like and what does a sample day look like?
Answer: 
Competitor clean in season, very clean and organic year round.

  • 6 meals: proteins – grilled chicken/ground turkey/salmon/whole eggs/egg whites
  • Carbs: whole grain pasta, rice, egg noodles, potatoes
  • Veggies: all of them
  • Fats: macadamia oil, sesame oil, almonds, nut butters

 
Question: What is your supplementation like?
Answer:
BCAAs intra/post workout, krill oil, super greens, maybe pre-workout some days, collagen/cartilage/glucosamine, probiotics, and a multi vitamin.

 
Question: What is your favorite quote?
Answer:
“Ain’t nothin but a peanut.” (R. Coleman)
“Big Mike! You a sick guyyy.” (Arnold)

 

Question: What is in your gym bag?
Answer: 
Nike Romaleos 2, resistance bands, lacrosse ball, knee wraps, wrist wraps, water jug, occlusion training tourniquets, towel, baby wipes, baby powder, ammonia smelling salts for heavy ass lifts.

 
Question: How can we get in touch?
Answer:
Instagram: @jonnyelgato
Snapchat: @jonnyelgato
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jonny.catanzano

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