Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino would like to make something abudantly clear:
He is no Alex Rodriguez.
By this, the long-time Jersey Shore star does not mean he could never bed Jennifer Lopez because, hey, one never knows.
Instead, what Sorrentino means is that he has never used performance-enhancing drugs.
(Rodriguez, formerly considered in the discussion for greatest baseball player of all-time, was busted for steroid use on multiple occasions.)
How did this topic even come up? Why did Sorrentino feel a need to address it?
Partly because the guy is absolutely ripped. Just look at that image above.
But also because the official Jersey Shore Instagram account recently posted a photo of Hugh Jackman -- who ain't no slouch in the muscle department himself -- posing with Angelina Pivarnick and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi.
One individual went ahead and commented on the post that they suspected Sorrentino used steroids to get his body back in shape after he spent many months in prison for tax evasion.
The MTV personality then took to the comments section to set the record straight.
“I am flattered you think I am on performance enhancing substance but I am not,” Sorrentino wrote.
He continued to remain calm and proceeded to explain his, well, situation:
“I am on probation and get tested biweekly for illegal substances. What you see is hard work, determination, proper diet, exercise, muscle memory, intermittent fasting, prison and genetics.
"You should try it sometime!! People love to throw shade on what shines. Stay in your own lane and run your own race cuz!!
"Do you even lift !? #clapbackseason.”
The reality TV star revealed his new muscular figure in September after spending eight months at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight later that same month, Mike detailed how he shed more than 35 pounds while behind bars, using that time to get in amazing shape.
What else is there to do in the clink, right?
“I went to sleep every night at 10 p.m. I woke up every morning at 7 a.m. and did fasted cardio for about an hour,” he said, adding:
“My window of intermittent fasting was between 16 and 17 hours on the weekdays, and 18 and 19 hours on the weekends. I had to continually challenge myself, whether it was in the gym and/or diet."
Sorrentino and his wife recently celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary.
They ate at The Butcher’s Block in Long Branch, New Jersey, on November 1 in honor of the occasion; where, we can only assume, Mike scarfed down a whole lot of protein.
So, yes, we believe that Sorrentino has come by his physique naturally.
But co-star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro on the other hand? Based on his body and his behavior (see below)? Let's just say... no comment.