This Hollywood Workout From Tom Ellis’s Trainer Will Get You Ripped This Summer

It's not too late to still get that summer six pack!

Kirsten Curtis |

This summer, don’t be that guy hiding under a baggy t-shirt while the rest of the okes are all sun’s out guns out. If you’re not up to baring your boep with pride, this Hollywood workout from celeb trainer Paolo Mascitti will help you get shredded fast.

Meet Your Trainer

Paolo Mascitti is a personal trainer to Hollywood stars like Nicole Scherzinger, Alex Russell and Netflix series Lucifer’s Tom Ellis, Kevin Alejandro and Lesley-Ann Brandt, among others. When actors have a shirtless scene coming up and they need to look jacked, Paolo is the guy they call.

Actor Alex Russell called Paolo and look at him now…


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Look at this awesome Paolo filter. Only takes four months to download ??? @paolomascitti ??‍♂️

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“Many of my celebrity clientele often approach me three to five months before they have a movie, shirtless scene or a cover coming up they want to look great for,” he says. Here are Paolo’s Hollywood workout tips for getting camera-ready. ‘Cause let’s be honest, a beach snap for the ‘gram can be just as stressful as a TV appearance… and the camera angles and lighting are way less flattering!

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1/ Build Muscle First

Of course, when it comes to fitness, there’s no such thing as one size fits all. “Everybody has different goals and, depending on the medium, the workouts need to be adjusted as such,” says Paolo. But there are some general rules that work with most people. “One of my common approaches is to spend the first two thirds of the workout plan on building as much muscle mass as we can, while paired with an appropriate diet with a surplus calorie intake,” says Paolo. “The remainder is spent on shredding down through calorie deficit.”

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2/ Don’t Stress About The Scale

You’ve read it here before: muscle weighs more than fat. So you may find you’re actually gaining weight even though you’re looking and feeling leaner. And if you’re relying on the scale to measure your success you’re just going to feel bad about your perceived lack of progress.

Check out the results actor Kevin Alejandro got using Paolo’s Hollywood workout methods…


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Worked my ass off for this moment. Thank you my love @lesliealejandro for capturing it!! @menshealthmx thank you for featuring me!!

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“Losing weight and shredding are two different concepts,” explains Paolo. “Shredding is about optimising your body’s ability to burn fat, while preserving as much muscle mass as possible.” If you’re doing a Hollywood workout style training programme, gauge your progress on more tangible stats like how many pull-ups you can do or how many abs you can count.

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3/ Compound Moves Build Gains

“Even during shredding I rely on compound movements and multi-joint exercises which form the foundation of many of my workout plans,” says Paolo. “Supersets* are an effective way of boosting performance, plus they build muscle and endurance, burn fat and cut your workout time in half.”

*Superset is when you perform one set of an exercise and immediately switch to do a set of another exercise with no rest in between sets. It can be a combination of working the same muscle group or two different muscle groups, Paolo explains.

How the devil got his coconut shoulders…


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Getting after them shoulders today…@paolomascitti showing Off his ever improving editing skills ???#deviltraining

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JUST FOR YOU: This guy came back from a hip injury to drop 25kg and get shredded!

The Hollywood Workout

“Do this workout three days a week only and not back-to-back,” says Paolo. “Try and keep the workout between 30-50 minutes and don’t go over 60 minutes.” On off days he recommends you do cardio, such as 15-20 minutes of sprints.

Watch Paolo demonstrate some of the moves…

Your Hollywood Workout Moves

Training Day 1: Chest and Back

1A Bench press 5 sets 8-12 reps

1B Pull ups 5 sets maximum rep count

2A Incline Dumbbell Press 5 sets 8– 12 reps

2B Barbell bent over row 5 sets 8– 12 reps

3A Cable Crossovers 4 sets 12-15 reps

3B Close grip front lat pulldown 4 sets 12 -15 reps

Training Day 2: Shoulders, Biceps and Triceps

1A Dumbbell overhead press 5 sets 8 reps

2A one arm cable lateral raises  3 x 8 – 12 reps

2B Bent over low pulley side lateral 3 x 8 – 12 reps

3A Dumbbell front raises 3 sets 8-12 reps

3B upright barbell row 3 sets 8-12 reps

4A EZ Bar curl 4 sets 10 -12 reps

4B skull crushers 4 sets 10-12 reps

5A hammer curls 4 sets 10-12 reps

5B cable rope triceps extensions 4 sets 10-12 reps

Training Day 3: Legs and Abs

1A squats 5 sets 12-10-10-8-8 reps

1B leg extensions 5 sets 10-12 reps

2A stiffed legs barbell deadlift 4 sets 10-12 reps

2B hamstring curls 4 sets 10 reps

3A Dumbbell lunge 4 sets 10 reps each

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