Posted 16 February 2015 by Interview:

Elton Pinto Mota


How and when did you start training?

I have always been into sports from a very young age, which was football, at the age of 18 just when I was finishing college it just amazingly happened that I started to do modeling after being signed to a model Agency in London. Being a model I knew I needed to stay in shape in order to cause a better impact with the photo shoots that I was getting booked with, this was when I first started to find out about training and eating well, it was challenging but it was also fun.  

What mistakes did you make as a newbie?

I would not say that it was actually a mistake but it definitely taught me some good lessons.  One of those mistakes was a mistake that everyone commits as a newbie which was training chest and biceps everyday hoping to look like a super hero, missing rest days, not giving enough time for my body to rest and without considering that my physique had a very funny shape, ...I mean can you imagine big biceps and a huge chest on a stick man??! It was mental. There are a few more but this one is a classic and had to be shared.


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

My advice and tip in order for anyone to stay consistent would be to create goals and objectives and focus on those. It can become difficult to stay motivated, it happens to everyone, but we all have that one athlete that we look up to or admire, keep up with their progress and grab your motivation from them but most important always ask yourself why did you start in the first place. Become your own answer.

Do you listen to music whilst training?

I have to listen to music while training, music is like a pre-workout to me. Currently I have some artists such as Jay-Z, Kanye West, Young Jeezy, TrapMuzik, Rick Ross, Rockie Fresh and without forgetting Jay Rock... Go get the album.


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

As a Men's Physique competitor, I always want to be better than I was on the previous year or competition, therefore I know progress does not come easy, you cant do what you did yesterday and expect a different result, so Yes We Shall Dig Deeper.

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

Around 12 weeks I start experimenting with new exercises and changes in my nutrition, always trying to find an answer on what works best and what does not.  When it get to 6 weeks out I usually have my training and nutrition more than ready.

What are you most proud of?

I am very proud of all my fitness achievements to present date, knowing that so far I have managed to achieve most of my goals when I have put my head down and focus.


Do you bulk and cut or stay lean year round?

I tend to bulk and cut, I do enjoy having a nice off-season where I can enjoy everything that Pizza Hut and Nutella can offer, but I always keep in mind my limits.  Whenever I am dieting I just can't wait to stop dieting and when I am not I can't wait to get back to it, it's a love and hate relationship.

What types of cardio do you do?

We all know how boring cardio can be in everyone's life, cardio sucks and yes I said it. Answering the question I would normally go for long walks in the morning between 25-35 mins 2 times a week, I enjoy swimming once a week for 45 mins and boxing pad work every now and then and that's about it, the rest is just the intensity of training.

What is your training routine like?

Full Workout Routine

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

  • 8 a.m. - 6 scramble eggs and a banana
  • 11 a.m. - 1 chicken breast 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 p.m. - Tuna salad with brown rice and a protein shake.
  • 3 p.m. - Almonds and raisins (a hand full)
  • 5.30 p.m. - Turkey breast, brown rice and vegetables
  • 8 p.m. - Salmon and vegetables (no carbs for the last meal)

Who are your favourite athletes, bodybuilders
or fitness models?

I like to keep it old school, I am a huge fan of the bodybuilding physiques from the golden era, my favorites being Arnold Schwarzenegger and Frank Zane, these guys were the real artists of aesthetics.


What supplements do you use if any?

  • Pre Workouts
  • Protein Iso Whey
  • Glutamine
  • Amino Acids
  • Multi-Vitamins

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

  1. Focus on your physique.  When building up a physique always focus on trying to build the best version of yourself and not to compete against others, nothing in this world beats a good mirror.
  2. Be persistent with your weak body parts, make sure you're always working on different body parts and try to look for areas that can be improved upon e.g. Looking at your shoulders and increasing rear deltoid exercises.
  3. Be patient, a lot of people are looking for results too fast in order to feel good about themselves.  Train hard, eat clean, rest well and the results will start to appear slowly, but remember to enjoy the journey.

Elton Pinto Mota
Date of Birth: 8th of March 1991
Weight: 88kgs, Height: 178cm, 5ft 10in



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