By ANDREW VONTZ
AND YOU WILL KNOW HIM BY THE SHAPE OF HIS ABS
At the beginning of Boogie Nights, busboy Eddie Adams discovers the value of his anatomical gift, adopts Dirk Diggler as his stage name and rockets to porn stardom and a life that’s a nonstop party. By the end of the movie, new stars have eclipsed Dirk and his natural endowment. A crushed man, his life in ruin, he stands in the mirror examining himself while he says, “I'm a star. I am a big, bright, shining star.” Like Eddie Adams, Mike Sorrentino made a discovery about his physique at 18 that put him on the path towards his celebrity destiny. "I learned at any early age about flexing and isometrics," Sorrentino, the breakout Jersey Shore star, says as he cools his heels and takes down one of the six small meals he eats every day during a break from a marathon Dancing With The Stars rehearsals. On that epiphanic day in front of the mirror, Sorrentino learned how to force his toned stomach into an isometric contraction that made his abs pop out like cubes in an overfilled ice tray. "You learn there’s a certain way it feels and looks." Like Eddie Adams, Sorrentino rebranded himself and his abs with a catchy new name—The Situation. He hopes his star will keep rising and that he’ll outshine the reality star rep of being just another cocky, goodlooking guy with six-pack abs and avoid Diggler’s decline into obscurity.
It’s a lofty goal for a man best known for his abs, his cocky funny routine, and for coining the term ‘Grenade’—his lingo for an ugly female friend of the lady a guy’s trying to get with who runs interference on the mackdown—and the acronym GTL, his shorthand for Gym, Tanning, and Laundry—the holy trinity of tasks he prescribes to look good, feel good, and woo ladies. “The ultimate goal is to be in movies, make great movies.” Could there be more to this Situation than meets the eyes?
SITUATION NATION RISING
At the moment, Hollywood seems to think so, hence The Situation’s turn on DWTS.
In case you’ve been stuck in a spider hole somewhere, here’s the situation on The Situation: Mike Sorrentino, ex erotic dancer and underwear model lands a low-paying gig on Jersey Shore, an MTV reality show set in the raucous party environment of Seaside Heights, NJ—a.k.a., The Shore. When the show debuts, The Situation’s zippy one liners, catchy (and now trademarked) acronyms, and abs that look like they’ve been transplanted from an ancient Greek statue make him a star. In short order, he’s propelled into big celebrity and the opportunities and loot that come with it, including a reported $5 million annual income and a $100,000 Bentley that Unique Autosports customized for him.
“When we’re out, big name stars want to meet Mike. Jason Giambi and Lil Bow Wow have come up and asked for pictures. Leonardo DiCaprio introduced himself to Mike. Kristin Cavallari ran up to him and kissed his abs,” says The Situation’s childhood friend, Jon Manfre, who along with The Situation’s older brother, Mark, and sister, Melissa, help run and manage The Situation’s many endorsements and business projects. They include Devotion Vodka—the world’s first protein-infused vodka, NoX Edge nitric oxide supplement, a book, Here’s The Situation, that hits stores in November, and The Situation Workout DVD arriving in time for Christmas.
BEYOND THE ABS
Training has always been the sun The Situation’s life orbits around. He studied Tae Kwon Do for a decade and attained his black belt at 16. In high school, he played football and got hooked on the gym. Now as a star, fitness continues to play a fundamental role in his existence. “Every day when I wake up, I gotta go to the gym,” says The Situation, 28. “I arrange my other activities around my workout. I have to organize my mind, body and health first."
But things didn’t always come so easily for The Situation. A few years before landing his Shore gig, he worked as a mortgage banker and when the real estate bubble burst, he lost his job, his house, and his car. "Things were really bad so I said, let me try what I always wanted to do but never had the courage to do. I was always afraid if I followed my dream someone would say no. But I found the courage and here I am today."
Like Dirk Diggler, MTV reality show stars have a tendency to explode in popularity—then just as quickly become waste paper chucked into the dustbin of obscurity. Remember one-time TRL host Jesse Camp, the winner of MTV’s Wanna Be a VJ contest? No one else does either. Odds suggest that there will come a day when The Situation’s moment will pass and he may have to face himself in the mirror like Diggler at the end of Boogie Nights. But The Situation doesn’t think so.
“On Jersey Shore people got a glimpse through a keyhole of who I really am. The world's really starting to see me on Dancing With The Stars. I'm humble but confident. I can play many roles, a guy who takes on a challenge on very short notice with potentially damaging results if I make the wrong move.” There’s a knock on The Situation’s door. It’s time for him to slip back into his dancing shoes and practice. Abs may be at the core of The Situation’s mystique. But today his feet are his swords, the dance floor his battlefield, and his future, like his prospects in the competition, still wide open.
HOW THE SITUATION GOT HIS SITUATION, AND SO CAN YOU
-Eat every two hours, six small meals per day—three meals and three protein shakes.
-Drink tons of water.
-Choose clean proteins, fruits and veggies.
-Get 6-8 hours of sleep per night. “Sleep is when your body grows and repairs itself.”
-Avoid simple carbs and junk calories—including condiments like mayo, mustard, ketchup
-Approach fitness as a long-term lifestyle, not an insta-transformation. It takes time to get a Situation going, so be dedicated, patient, and work hard for it.
-Make working out your #1 commitment, because it builds the confidence and discipline you need to succeed in every domain of your life.
-Give yourself one ‘cheat day’ per week when you can eat whatever you want and recover from your training.
THE SITUATION’S TRAINING SITUATION:
While shooting Dancing With The Stars, The Situation faced grueling dance training that lasted 6 to 8 hours per day, so he didn’t need to hit the gym. But here’s a look at how his training breaks down when he’s not polishing his terpsichorean skills:
M: Chest, cardio, abs, lower back
“To get your own stomach you have to work within your genetics and your body structure and follow the steps—do the cardio, do the nutrition, and do ab exercises to start getting your body in good shape. I love leg raises and recommend doing different leg raises. Once you're used to that do hanging leg raises. You can sit on a ball and do crunches. I stick to three to four exercises for abs and once your body gets used to it, mix it up.”
TU: (Opposite of Monday) back and cardio
“I’ll do many, many different sets of different types pull-ups then rows (DB, machines), but mainly pull-ups.”
“My training is always geared towards a lean look, so I always do cardio and always do supersets and drop sets, high reps.”
TH: Day off
“I’ve fatigued my upper body earlier in the week, so I shift to the legs and lower body. Leg training releases testosterone and promotes growth.”
SA: Back to upper body, bi’s and tri’s, along with cardio
SU: Cheat day
*One day per week, The Situation eats whatever he wants, and recommends that you do, too. “You work hard for your day off, reward yourself and enjoy it.”