Even Lucifer needs a personal trainer to get in shape.
And by Lucifer, we’re referring to Lucifer Morningstar, the dashing-as-hell (no pun intended), suit-wearing, quippy fallen angel portrayed by Welsh actor Tom Ellis on the supernatural drama Lucifer.
When the show, about the devil killing time on Earth as a special consultant for the LAPD, was rescued by Netflix for its fourth season — following its cancellation by its original broadcaster Fox a year ago — Ellis had three months to get ripped.
To achieve that, Ellis engaged the services of LA-based celeb trainer Paolo Mascitti. A personal trainer with almost 20 years’ experience, the Italian-born Mascitti’s clients include Hilary Duff (his first), Grimm’s David Giuntoli and S.W.A.T.’s Alex Russell.
“Tom is very tall, like 6’ 4”, and he tends to be skinny, so it’s hard for him to gain muscle mass,” Mascitti, 38, tells 8 DAYS over the phone. Working with actors is always a challenge because “there is always a due date” to achieve a certain look.
For Ellis, Mascitti devised a regimen that entails "mostly compound movements, lots of pull-ups, squats, bench presses and deadlifts." The routine they used was a four-day upper/lower split with heavy weights, and two days of HIIT (high intensity interval training), using body weight, kettle bell and medicine ball, squats and jumps in different variations involving a 2.1 interval ratio (two minutes at moderate intensity and one minute "pushing to the limit").
Diet-wise, Ellis had five regular meals and two shakes per day. His meals were macrobalanced, with carbohydrates coming from mostly vegetables. You can check out the end results of his hard work in the ‘Orgy Pants to Work’ episode, which is set in a nudist colony (Hubba hubba!).
Right now, Mascitti, a former professional volleyball player, is back in the gym with Ellis, prepping him for the fifth and final season of Lucifer. Here, we chat with the devil’s trainer and ask him for some super-easy fat-burning tips for us mere mortals.