Massari’s sex appeal the motivation behind his hardcore workouts

By Monique Savin

Sari Abboud, known as Massari, was born in Beirut is a Lebanese Canadian R&B singer who grew up in Canada. He started his musical career in 2001.
For R&B singer Massari, sculpting a tight, sinewy package is a job requirement. In January, the 31-year-old Lebanese-Canadian, now at work on his third untitled album, blazed 18 pounds of fat and grew 13 pounds of muscle in 11 days, taking super-setting to the extreme.

My goal

“To get down to 3 per cent body fat. I’m 165 pounds now with 12 per cent body fat, down from 23 per cent. I want to get my body to a certain point where if I have to look extremely good for a video, it’ll only take two weeks.”

My workout

“I’m in training with The Winning Factor, led by Pennsylvania-based John Schaeffer, who trains Anton Apolo Ohno and other Olympians from different sports.

“I do two workouts per day and exercise seven days a week using his Static Tension Principle: a 10-second hold immediately after 10 repetitions of an exercise, instead of resting between sets. We also do drills between exercises. Here’s a typical training day:

“I’m up at 8:30 a.m., have a pre-workout meal, which is oatmeal, coconut oil, colostrum powder and peanut butter and I have three spoons of this before the gym. I take vitamin D, calcium and glutamine before bed to facilitate recovery. No dairy – it makes fat.”

Strength: “Leg press. The first exercise is always six sets of 10 reps, from then on three sets of 10 reps.”

Cardio: “I grab dumbbells (ranging between 15 and 40 pounds on each arm), put them on my shoulders and run up and down stairs, and then every second step, twice.”

Strength: “Leg press again, then squats.”

Cardio: “Stairs again.”

Strength: “Next is one-leg squats.”

Cardio: “Stairs.”

Strength: “Leg extensions, and at this point, I’m praying for the Lord to take me, I can’t even breathe.”

Cardio: “Running up and down stairs, and then every other step, for speed and endurance 10 to 15 times.”

Strength: “Hamstrings.”

Abs: “One exercise is lying down with bent knees and I grab a 40-pound dumbbell at my feet, bring it up and over my knees to my chest and back down.”

Intervals: “Treadmill drills for 20 minutes: one minute at 4.5, one minute at 7, one minute at 9, one minute at 5.5, then 10, and so on.”

Meal: “I eat chicken, broccoli, sweet potato and rice.”

Cardio: “An hour and a half later, I hit the steps again, and then do 60 minutes of cardio. “

Meal: “I have chicken and pineapple.”

Rest of the week: “Chest and triceps; back and biceps; shoulders and boxing; the last day is a combination of everything.”

My lifestyle

“I constantly tour Europe, the Middle East and Australia, so I’m conditioning and following a strict diet to avoid the chance of getting sick.”

My motivation

“Sex appeal and image is crucial for the entertainment world. To sell a product I need to package it in a way that will bring interest from my female fan base, so I can fulfill their fantasies.”

My anthem

“I listen to Swedish House of Mafia, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.”

My challenge

“Everyday temptations of bread.”

The Globe and Mail

  • FadiAbboud

    @Sex appeal and image is crucial for the entertainment world. To sell a product I need to package it in a way that will bring interest from my female fan base, so I can fulfill their fantasies.”
    Its a known fact that females like a man who doesn’t spend more time looking good then they do. Six packs don’t make you more masculine.
    Regardless of what this guy says.. I bet he has fulfilling plenty of males’ fantasies too secretly or not.

    • Hannibal

      Fadi,
      You sound jealous mate… LOL
      I couldn’t resist.. Sorry!
      BTW you two share the same last name. Any relation?
      I wish I had his muscles but definitely not his bold head…

    • Hannibal

      Fadi,
      You sound jealous mate… LOL
      I couldn’t resist.. Sorry!
      BTW you two share the same last name. Any relation?
      I wish I had his muscles but definitely not his bold head…

  • Anonymous

    @Sex appeal and image is crucial for the entertainment world. To sell a product I need to package it in a way that will bring interest from my female fan base, so I can fulfill their fantasies.”
    Its a known fact that females like a man who doesn’t spend more time looking good then they do. Six packs don’t make you more masculine.
    Regardless of what this guy says.. I bet he has fulfilling plenty of males’ fantasies too secretly or not.

    • http://www.cadmeia.com Hannibal

      Fadi,
      You sound jealous mate… LOL
      I couldn’t resist.. Sorry!
      BTW you too share the same last name. Any relation?
      I wish I had his muscles but definitely not his bold head…

  • FadiAbboud

    yes, hes my cousin- we are all cousins : )
    I have great love and confidence in myself and I have no animosity towards anyone who tries to look good. Most people do it for themselves however.
    So when a male is that pretty and says he does it just for the ladies.. I don’t believe it . The majority of women like to be the prettier ones in the relationship and don’t like a guy that spends more time on their looks then they do.

    In today’s world.. He can’t deny the fact that hes also doing it for the gay guys more likely who in general like pretty guys.
    But of course admitting that would make him vulnerable to public ridicule that he could be gay himself and that would tarnish his “Casanova” image…

  • FadiAbboud

    yes, hes my cousin- we are all cousins : )
    I have great love and confidence in myself and I have no animosity towards anyone who tries to look good. Most people do it for themselves however.
    So when a male is that pretty and says he does it just for the ladies.. I don’t believe it . The majority of women like to be the prettier ones in the relationship and don’t like a guy that spends more time on their looks then they do.

    In today’s world.. He can’t deny the fact that hes also doing it for the gay guys more likely who in general like pretty guys.
    But of course admitting that would make him vulnerable to public ridicule that he could be gay himself and that would tarnish his “Casanova” image…

  • Anonymous

    yes, hes my cousin- we are all cousins : )
    I have great love and confidence in myself and I have no animosity towards anyone who tries to look good. Most people do it for themselves however.
    So when a male is that pretty and says he does it just for the ladies.. I don’t believe it . The majority of women like to be the prettier ones in the relationship and don’t like a guy that spends more time on their looks then they do.

    In today’s world.. He can’t deny the fact that hes also doing it for the gay guys more likely who in general like pretty guys.
    But of course admitting that would make him vulnerable to public ridicule that he could be gay himself and that would tarnish his “Casanova” image…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_35XPVW6PO2I5MKMYXAR6GR3OQI Mariana L

    I really detest those class of guys who show enormous muscles, i think that is so gay… im a woman and i have good taste, i know about what is beautiful and what not and the beauty for me, is an harmony and being well proportionated, the sex-appeal is another thing, someone can be very ugly and to be sexy and vice versa… and curiously, the most attractive persons i have seen, are those who are not so aware they have that quality…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_35XPVW6PO2I5MKMYXAR6GR3OQI Mariana L

    I really detest those class of guys who show enormous muscles, i think that is so gay… im a woman and i have good taste, i know about what is beautiful and what not and the beauty for me, is an harmony and being well proportionated, the sex-appeal is another thing, someone can be very ugly and to be sexy and vice versa… and curiously, the most attractive persons i have seen, are those who are not so aware they have that quality…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_35XPVW6PO2I5MKMYXAR6GR3OQI Mariana L

    I really detest those class of guys who show enormous muscles, i think that is so gay… im a woman and i have good taste, i know about what is beautiful and what not and the beauty for me, is an harmony and being well proportionated, the sex-appeal is another thing, someone can be very ugly and to be sexy and vice versa… and curiously, the most attractive persons i have seen, are those who are not so aware they have that quality…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_35XPVW6PO2I5MKMYXAR6GR3OQI Mariana L

    I really detest those class of guys who show enormous muscles, i think that is so gay… im a woman and i have good taste, i know about what is beautiful and what not and the beauty for me, is an harmony and being well proportionated, the sex-appeal is another thing, someone can be very ugly and to be sexy and vice versa… and curiously, the most attractive persons i have seen, are those who are not so aware they have that quality…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_35XPVW6PO2I5MKMYXAR6GR3OQI Mariana L

    I really detest those class of guys who show enormous muscles, i think that is so gay… im a woman and i have good taste, i know about what is beautiful and what not and the beauty for me, is an harmony and being well proportionated, the sex-appeal is another thing, someone can be very ugly and to be sexy and vice versa… and curiously, the most attractive persons i have seen, are those who are not so aware they have that quality…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_35XPVW6PO2I5MKMYXAR6GR3OQI Mariana L

    I really detest those class of guys who show enormous muscles, i think that is so gay… im a woman and i have good taste, i know about what is beautiful and what not and the beauty for me, is an harmony and being well proportionated, the sex-appeal is another thing, someone can be very ugly and to be sexy and vice versa… and curiously, the most attractive persons i have seen, are those who are not so aware they have that quality…