Posted 28 September 2011 by

Interview: MTV 'Jersey Shores'

Emilio Antonio Masella

How long have you been training and what
mistakes did you make as a newbie?

My First gym membership I got at the age of 13 in 8th Grade. I didn't take advantage of it much. I never went because I was intimidated because I was so young and overweight. I felt out of place at the gym. Although I was always very very strong. As a young kid in high school I was all about the "Weight" and ego. But upon Graduating I realized at 17 years old it was time to change my life around drop the "Weight" literally and get in shape.

For those who don’t know, tell us about Jersey Shore, how met you Snooki... And has anything changed in your life since being on the show?

Well I will tell you about "Nicole" aka Snooki. I met her through facebook before she actually even filmed "Jersey Shore" she was very sweet and attractive and we just took it from there. Never knew she'd turn out to be a more popular girl in the world. Upon meeting her back in 2009, yes my life has been a crazy roller coaster the last 2 years.

Do you listen to music whilst you train? If so what’s on your playlist right now?

I seldom listen to music while training, but I definitely listen to music everyday and everytime I’m doing cardio. What I listen to depends on the mood I'm in. I usually just click on Pandora and I can go from like Taylor swift / Drake / Avici / Eminem / to top 90's anything I’m in the mood for.

I understand that you powerlift and bodybuild
which do you prefer?

Yes, I just got into powerlifting. Growing up I always knew I had alot of strength it wasn’t up until about 6 weeks ago where I started a "Power Lifting " Regimen and started to test my strengths. I prefer Bodybuilding because I’d take image over being strong being at where I am in my life and the career I want to pursue image is everything. Lifting heavy takes a toll on your body!

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

Make yourself your #1 priority. If you want to compete it’s a lifestyle. You can’t come second to no-one or else your not giving it your 100%. "If you focus on results you'll never change, if you focus on change you'll get results"

Free weights vs machines what do you feel are the pros and cons of both and which do you prefer?

OLD SCHOOL! Free Weights! Go big or go home. All the Classic's like Arnold & Ronnie were too strong for machines and were before the time of all these crazy new machines. I like old school metal-plated machines or free-weights. They seem to get the best results. I do use some machines if I’m not feeling 100% or if it’s a couple weeks out from a show and I'm trying to not risk injury.

What are you most proud of?

I'm most proud of my body transformation I made from 2008-2009 when I lost over 100lbs and competed in my first body building show at 163lbs.

What rep ranges do you prefer and why?

6-10 Reps, 2 heavy sets and a strip. The way to build muscle!

What is your training routine like?

Monday: AM Cardio/ Chest/ Abs/ More Cardio
Tuesday: Am Cardio/Back/More Cardio
Wednesday: Am & PM Cardio
Thursday: AM Cardio/Shoulders/Abs/More Cardio
Friday: Am Cardio/Legs/More Cardio
Saturday: Am Cardio/Arms/More Cardio
Sunday: Track Workout (Quarter mile Runs, Sprint, Squats, Stairmill)

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

Right now I’m trying something new with my new trainer Gina Stone
Lots of more food went from 5 meals to 7, Carb Cycling also.

Do you bulk and cut?

I don't try to bulk. Had almost 2 years since my last show tried to put on muscle went from 163 to 200, was my highest.

How do you deal with cravings for junk foods,
sweets and salty food?

Try to avoid them! , I use to live alone for 2 years so it was easy. You can’t eat what you don't buy. So I did good & wasn’t tempted. Now I’m back living at my mothers & its deff been a challenge. Deff not easy, but you step back look at your goal and where you want to be and just tell yourself the only 1 your cheating is yourself. Hard part I had was letting go of alcohol again but it’s going on 7 weeks no alcohol. The first 2 weeks are tough after that you don’t even notice anymore. But I LOVEEE ICE CREAM!

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

I think about Phil Heath. He's a close friend of mine and I look up to him as a great friend and an idol. He just did the unthinkable and got himself to win the Olympia so I tend to think of his physique and how I’d like to be even half as good as him. Also I think back to when I was over weight and I’m like never again and it pushes me. I think of the haters and everyone whose ever told me "YOU CANT" and I do it because "I WILL" show them in the end. "No-one ever drowned in their own sweat"

Who are your favorite athletes, bodybuilders
or fitness models?

As mentioned earlier I am a huge fan & friend of "Phil Heath”. Also "Jay Cutler”. I look up to "Lee Priest" because he like myself am short only around 5'5 and he made a name for us short guys. I love Ava Cowan she’s also a great friend of mine.

What are your future goals?

To become a sponsored athlete and hopefully pursue a career in the Fitness and bodybuilding world. Whether it be turning pro or just being involved with the business. I believe I have the personality and image it takes. I'd like to be a host or image of something big.

What supplements do you use if any?

Strictly Gaspari Nutrition. I use their Myofusion, Superpump Max, BCAA, Halodrol, and Anavite & Sprodex. Currently taking all of those.

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

1. Don't try and take the easy way out and assume "Drugs" will get you there.
2. Diet Diet Diet.
3. Set Short Term goals that will all lead to one long-term goal.

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