Posted 16 August 2013 by Interview:

Jay Zuccato

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How and when did you start training?

I started training seriously when I was 17 years old. After being a competitive kick boxer for most of my teen years, I ended up injuring my knuckle’s during a sparring session. I was unable to spar or compete due to my injury, so I decided to focus my attention on weight training. I planned to build up my overall physique in order to return to kickboxing as a stronger and more powerful competitor. I ended up falling in love with bodybuilding and fitness and have been weight training ever since.

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What mistakes did you make as a newbie?

The mentality that lifting as heavy as I could would give me the physique I was looking for. I have since realized how important tempo, time under tension and consistent isolation is in the process of building muscle and proper weight training.

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We know consistency is key, what tips would
you give to anyone struggling to stay consistent?

The hardest part is the initial starting up phase with a weight training plan and diet. Once your body adapts to the new lifestyle it actually starts to enjoy the endorphins and extra energy that comes from consuming more nutrient dense foods. This being said, it is a lot easier to make living healthy a lifestyle rather than a temporary phase to lose weight/build muscle. The most important tip to stay consistent is to always plan ahead, whether that means training early in the morning because you can’t after work, or if it means staying up until midnight preparing meals for the next day.

Do you listen to music whilst training?

Anything ranging from Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, to the older songs from the 90’s by artists like DMX, Eminem and Dr.Dre.

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What do you think about when you have to dig deep and push out that last rep?

I always focus on thoughts about accomplishing my goals and dreams as my inspiration, as I know if I don’t give 100%, I am only keeping them from coming true. I also always look to my Grandma for strength with my training. My Grandma battled cancer for many years, but she was still smiling right up until the last moment I saw her. Whenever I feel like giving up I think of how strong and persistent she was in her fight and model myself after her.

How far ahead do you plan and prepare ahead your nutrition and training if at all?

I always prepare my meals for the day ahead of time, usually the night before if I will be out for the day. When I am preparing for a shoot or contest, I always pre-plan my calendar weeks a head of time to make sure I stay on schedule with my diet.

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What are you most proud of?

My proudest achievement in the fitness world so far was seeing my first spread in the March/April issue of Reps Magazine.

What are your current ambitions?

My current ambitions are to continue helping and giving back to others who are looking to improve themselves, by living a healthier lifestyle. As well, I am continuously striving to improve my physique and to gain more knowledge about proper nutrition and training strategies.

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Do you bulk and cut or stay lean year round?

I work very hard to stay in shape all year round, as fitness is not just a hobby but a passion and lifestyle of mine.

What types of cardio do you do?

I prefer doing a mix of morning steady state, and HIIT cardio.

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What is your training routine like?


AM - Steady State Cardio+AB Circuit
PM - Chest/Calves


PM - Back,Traps


AM - HIIT+AB Circuit
PM - Arms,Calves


PM - Quads/Calves


AM - Steady State Cardio+AB Circuit
PM - Shoulders/Rear Delts


PM - Hamstrings/Glutes/Calves


AM - Cardio/Abs or Rest

What is your diet when trying to get in peak condition?

My diet mostly consists of Chicken, Turkey, Steak, Brown Rice, Sweet Potato, Rolled Oats, Avocado, Udo’s Oil, Peanut Butter and a ton of green vegetables! When preparing to get into peak condition, I always utilize carb cycling in order to promote fat loss, and a high metabolism through planned re-feeds on my high carb days.

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Who are your favourite athletes, bodybuilders
or fitness models?

As well as legends like Frank Zane and Arnold Schwarzenegger I really look up to and am inspired by great individuals in the fitness industry like Natural Pro Bodybuilder Rob DeLuca, and top fitness models such as Marc Megna, David Morin and Greg Plitt.

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What supplements do you use if any?

I only use the best quality products made by the #1 supplement company in the world, Optimum Nutrition.

My current supplement stack includes: Platinum Hydrowhey, Gold Standard 100% Whey, Platinum Tri-Celle Casein, Platinum PRE-, Glyco-Maize, BCAAS, HMB, Amino Energy, Opti-Pump N.O, CLA, L-Carnitine, ZMA and Fish Oils.

What top 3 tips would you give to anyone
wanting to get CutAndJacked?

1. Stay Positive
2. Train Smart
3. Don’t ever give up!!

Jay Zuccato

Born: 1991 Weight: 180lbs Height 6’0







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