Name: Anthony Catanzaro
Height: 5′ 10
Residence: New York, New York
Weight: 178 Lbs
Occupation: Gym Owner, Fitness Celebrity
Achievements: Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness Champion
When did you get started with fitness?
I started working out at the age of 15. I was always impressed with muscles. I used to watch WWF wrestling on TV and became obsessed with Macho Man Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan all those guys. To me they were my role models at that time. I had no interest in wrestling but I had an interest in the way their personalities where. I wanted to be just like them and walk around with a feeling of self confidence. I think at that age I was finding out who I was and said to myself this is the way I want to live my life. “Having a go-get em attitude”
What drives you to be so fit?
I get this question all the time and my answer is simple, I love what I do! I love the feeling out working out my muscles and the pump I get from it is better than any drug in the word. I’ve never taken any steroids ever in my life I’m completely natural and preach to young kids out there never to use the stuff. I’m a huge believer in being self motivating. A lot of people are searching for someone to inspire them and motivate them but truthfully; “you have to run on your own gas”!
What has been the hardest obstacle for you to overcome?
I think in life we all have obstacles, I think everyone has certain things they need to overcome. For me, I’ve always had issues with trying to be the best. I sometimes can put a lot of pressure on myself in doing so. I expect nothing but perfection from myself at all times and that’s impossible for any man. I think I’m starting to learn more about myself and as I get older, I realize that life itself isn’t perfect so how can I expect myself to be?
What is your favorite body part to train?
I love training everything to be honest with you. I don’t have a certain body part I love to train. I think if I favored training a certain body part over another, my body would be out of proportion. I love the fact that I have complete control over my physique and I can take it wherever I like go.
Do you incorporate much cardio into your training?
Absolutely I believe there are 4 Rules to follow when it comes to fitness.
2: Weight training
I train cardio at least 5 times a week for around 30 min per session.
Could you tell us about your current training program?
I train with weights five days a week, and I train cardio at least 5 days as well.
My training program goes something like this:
Day One: Chest and Triceps
Day Two: Calves and Quadriceps
Day Three: Rest
Day Four: Shoulders and Hamstrings
Day Five: Back and Biceps
Day Six: Repeat day one
Day Seven: Rest
What does your diet look like?
I’m a huge believer in following the nutrition plan to achieve your goals.
My diet goes something like this:
Meal 1: 6 Egg whites- 1 bowl of hot cereal- 1 multi vitamin and 2 cups of coffee
Meal 2: Protein shake Met R-X or Designer Whey
Meal 3: Steamed chicken broccoli and brown rice
Meal 4: Grilled chicken, turkey, beef or fish with Salad
Meal 5: Protein shake with 1 bowl of hot cereal: grits, cream of wheat or oatmeal.
Do you Take Any Supplements?
I’m not much of a supplement person. I look to eat a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables as a source of natural vitamins to feed my muscles. But I do supplement with these items daily:
Whey protein: Met-RX or Designer whey
If you could start back form the first day you started training would you do anything different?
I started training at 15 years old, but knew nothing about nutrition until I was in my mid-twenties. So ten years went by that I trained without even knowing what protein was. So if I could go back and make corrections, it would be to fix my diet back then. But all in all I’m glad I’ve learned it the way I did. I never asked for help from anyone. I’ve made mistakes along the way and learned from those mistakes. I think that’s what makes you who you are. If you have to constantly hold someone’s hand and ask a million questions, how can you truly learn?
I’ve always said, “You have to fall a few times, before you learn to walk.
What is your biggest “Fitness” accomplishment?
I have many but when I won the 1997 Mr. Fitness that was the highlight of my fitness career. It was a sweet win because I knew I did it on my own. I trained alone and worked on my diet alone and I won alone. So I think out of all the fitness stuff I’ve done, winning that title proved to me that a mans will is stronger than you think.
Is there anyone in the fitness industry that you look up to?
I have many people I look up to and admire but I’m not really impressed with a lot of the fitness models and bodybuilders today. To me, a lot of them are sending the wrong message out there to young kids. As a kid growing up watching the WWF and seeing guys like Hulk Hogan say stay in school eat your vitamins and say your prayers was really something that the kids today need to hear. Back then when you opened up a fitness magazine there were tons of articles to read and learn from. Open up a fitness magazine today, and all you’ll see on every page is an ad for supplements. So the message that’s being sent is one that’s artificial and superficial.
Final Advice For Readers?
I would like to take this time and thank all of my fans and new friends out there for reading this.
I also would like to take this time to thank you for all your support over the years and I’m happy to help any of you out there achieve your goals.
Feel free to email me with any questions you might have on health and fitness at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to help you.
Remember “you can fly like an Eagle, if you think like a chicken”
– Anthony Catanzaro