Posted 07 March 2011 by Interview:

Alexander Santaniello

How and when did you start training?

I started training for high school sports (baseball, football, track, and golf) in the summer of 2009.

How do you manage to stay motivated and consistent?

The results I get push me harder and harder every day. I also am training for a photo shoot this summer to start my career in fitness modelling. But before I started training for this photo shoot I loved the endorphin rush after a good workout. It keeps you feeling good all the time! Once it becomes a part of your routine, days without working out seem lethargic.

How long do you usually spend in the gym?

I train with high intensity so I usually don’t spend more than an hour and 10 minutes. High Intensity Interval Training takes up less time and better results are achieved. (For me at least)

What is your training routine like?

Monday: Chest and Triceps
Tuesday: Abs
Wednesday: Back and Biceps
Thursday: Legs
Friday: Shoulders/Traps
Saturday: Abs (using resistance and weights)
Sunday: Sleep

I do not have a set in stone training routine because if I did I would not get results! Muscle confusion is the way to go. Some weeks I will do rest periods of 5 seconds and some weeks I will strength train with a minute rest period. My training is so intense that a designated cardio day is not needed. On occasion I will run/spin/or swim for cardio.

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

I consume complex carbohydrates before and directly after workouts only. My diet is mainly high protein, medium carbohydrates, and medium fat. After the small amount of complex carbohydrates directly after my workout; I eat simple carbohydrates and lean meat. In addition, I consume 45g of natural protein powder after the last rep in my workout and natural casein protein before bed. I always eat organic and use natural supplements that don't have any artificial sweeteners.

Do you count calories or weight your food?

I do on occasion just to make sure I'm on track.

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

I don’t crave junk foods. But when I crave sweets I will have a power peanut butter and (reduced sugar) jelly sandwich. For salty cravings I will eat eggs with salsa.

What is your greatest bodybuilding/fitness
achievement so far?

My improved physique.

What are your future goals?

First I would like to be featured on the cover of a muscle magazine and begin my modelling career. After my name is out there I want to start a line of supplements and build my own gym.

Who are your favourite bodybuilders?

The Oak and Serge Nubret.

What is the number one philosophy you live by?

Stay Natural and Healthy.

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

  1. Keep your body guessing.
  2. Rest.
  3. Train with intensity.


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