Name: Carmen Dicu
Date of Birth: 12/08/89
Hair Color: Red
Eye Color: Brown
Location/Hometown: downtown Phoenix
What is your athletic background, and how did you get involved with lifting?
I did sports in school but nothing professional. I remember just loving being active and in shape. I first saw bikini competitors when I moved in the states and wanting to be an empowering strong woman. The idea of being fit was all i wanted and that’s how it all began.
What keeps you motivated?
Progress. Seeing change keeps me very motivated to keep going.
Who’s the most inspirational person in your life?
My mom. She always taught me to walk with a purpose and have a plan B, C & D. She taught me that nothing can stay in my way and that Sky is the limit. She also taught me how to be understanding, have my own opinion and be strong no matter what today brings.
What does your current training split look like?
I have a personal trainer Jason Strayhand that has been with me since day 1. He took me out of YOUFIT and taught me everything he knows and has been my guide for the last 3 years. We do a lot of performance training to make sure my conditioning is always on point, a lot of heavy lifting and athletic exercises. I workout about 4-5 a week and do about 3-4 days of cardio (35mins each) – and this is on a consistent basis.
What’s your favorite body part to train?
Shoulders! I enjoy training every part of my body but also i love power movements. Shoulders has always been the Muscle group that i was able to develop the easiest and i enjoy the most.
Which do you prefer, and why…steady state cardio or H.I.I.T?
I do a mix of both at the moment but sometimes when I want to cut more i do steady state cardio because it fastens my metabolism for a longer period of time rather than HIIT – but that’s just me!
What 3 exercises have contributed the most to building your physique?
Hanging leg raises
What is the most common training question that people ask you?
How do I build a butt like yours?! – it’s the question i always get!
\Funniest thing you’ve seen at the gym recently?
When I did side lunges and fell on my ass from losing balance and the whole gym stared at me and started laughing – it was the funniest moment ever. Ooopsss
Who do you look up to in the fitness world?
At the moment I’m very inspired by Angelica Texeira – she’s the absolute goal for me and her positive attitude inspires me VERY MUCH!!! I love how humble she is and how hard she works and her consistency is absolutely impeccable.
What are some of your favorite motivational quotes?
Arnold is my life so anything that comes out of his mouth is like the Bible for me. The best quote i always loved and follow is “The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else. I hate that. “
Do you have any gym, pet peeves?
When people stare. Sometimes i have to leave the gym because I can’t handle it. And this is not coming from a vain place, it’s coming from me being uncomfortable when people stare.
What’s a sport or event that you would LOVE to try?
Event: winning the Ms Olympia Title
What are the contents of your fridge?
Meal prep food and diet soda. Eggs, chicken, fish, veggies, Diet Coke, water, yogurt, halo top.
What is your favorite healthy food
This is a good one. Hmmm … I’d say sushi.
How do you prepare a meal? Do you make a bunch of healthy recipes or is it just boiled chicken and asparagus every day for you?
My meal plan changes a lot, but i try to keep it fun if it’s not peak week. I like to cook with Flavor God and a lot of savory type foods that will be okay to eat without feeling bloated and that are not full of sodium. I try to stay away from sodium as much as I can.
When did you realize that health and fitness was your passion?
After my first show. I was hooked on the process !! Still am and it will never change. My goals are long term and even when I’ll be 60 I’ll be a bodybuilder.
What is your favorite cheat meal?
BURGERSSSSS & Sweet Potato Fries
What gives you the best results when trying to get lean?
Low carbs high fats and a lot of light lifting high reps.
Workout music – what’s on your playlist?
My Spotify is full of Logic, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Sia & EDM music.
What is the most challenging thing you deal with about consistently staying in top shape?
Food. Food is so delicious and sometimes it’s so hard to stay on track especially when I travel. But I’m blessed with a fast metabolism and I get away with eating donuts here and there. Haha
What is your greatest achievement so far?
I have so many achievements that I can’t pick a single one. The most recent one is my last show at the Arnold Amateur – i went in without knowing what could happen and getting 2nd place in my class was a HUGE achievement for me.
If you could interview one person alive or dead, who would it be and why?
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER!!! He’s my inspiration and I would have so many questions ontop of wanting to go workout with him and learning everything he knows!
If you could give all of the readers out there your 5 best tips for staying in great shape while juggling a busy schedule what would they be?
1. Take it day by day – don’t think about tomorrow, focus on today!
2. Be prepared – preparation is your key to success
3. Stay consistent – without consistency, you get no results
4. Be kind to yourself
5. If you fall, get back up
What does your current supplementation plan look like?
I take protein, carnitine, aminos & pre workout, fish oil, multivitamins, calcium & fat burners when i am really tired.
What are your favorite 5 muscle building exercises and why?
I don’t have 5 favorite ones because i think it’s important to trick your body on a constant basis. But the best technique that’s worked on me is negatives.
What body part are you most proud of?
My glutes – I was able to enhance my genetics and build a toned bubble butt with proper training and I’m the most proud of it.
In your opinion, what attributes does a successful fitness model need?
Passion, Goal Oriented & Consistent.
Favorite activities and hobbies you enjoy when away from the gym?
I like being home with my boyfriend and my frenchie watching tv and eating good food. Going on walks and just enjoying life.
What are your future goals, dreams, and plans?
Becoming an IFBB PRO is my goal for 2018 and after that being invited to the Arnold Classic and competing in pro shows to collect points for Olympia. This is what I think about every single day.
what is the number one philosophy you live by
Leave your mark – a positive, empowering and strong mark. Empowering women is all I want to do my entire life.
If someone wants to connect with you, where can you be found?
Instagram is my main platform – @beastchickk