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?
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?
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?
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?
Squat, deadlift, and bench duh!! 🙂

Question: When trying to cut down, do you prefer HIIT or just normal cardio?
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?
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?
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?
“Ain’t nothin but a peanut.” (R. Coleman)
“Big Mike! You a sick guyyy.” (Arnold)


Question: What is in your gym bag?
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?
Instagram: @jonnyelgato
Snapchat: @jonnyelgato
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jonny.catanzano

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