Arina Manta, Miss Fitness Australia and Miss Figure
Australasia - 25th January 2005
We interviews Arina Manta, Australia's
#1 athlete in her given sport.
How did you start in sports?
my parents love any type of sport. My father was a
professional soccer player and he really wanted my
sister or myself to be very athletic as well.
started at 3 years old, who have you been able to
stay positive, dedicated and successful for so long?
was trained from a very young age mentally and physically
to be dedicated, disciplined and very competitive.
I grew up in a communist country where as an athlete
you are trained to be number 1. Being second wasn't
the "secret" to your success?
secret to my success is the power of the mind and
the ambition to be the best I can be.
have been your biggest supporters over the years?
parents, my close friends, my personal training clients
did you turn professional?
turned professional in December 2005, 2 days before
the New Year. I worked really hard to get to this
level. It was a happy day when I was told that I had
been granted my Pro Card. Is my dream came true to
be able to compete on the world stage alongside the
girls who I have admired for so many years.
many years have you been able to work in the business
have been a personal trainer for most of my working
have the rare attribute of being able to look absolutely
stunning and amazing in either competition gear, casuals,
or an evening gown. Is this something you have worked
on consciously, or is it just a matter of your total
body and mind conditioning, or something else?
am a perfectionist. I like to look my best not only
on stage or at the gym, but in every environment and
it is also who I am. Its not something I consciously
think about, its just the way I have been brought
many months a year do you compete professionally?
have to train all year round in order to maintain
my physique. I typically have to diet for 10 weeks
to get ready for a show, that is all over in a day.
I might compete 3 times a year depending on what shows
are on and my financial situation.
the main differences in your professional and personal
life in "on season" and "off season"?
the off season I can socialize more and attend events
and functions. When I have to prepare for a competition
then for that 10-12 weeks I really try and keep to
myself and my close circle of friends who understand
that I cant go out as much and need to eat my self-prepared
meals. My training , my work , preparing my food and
extra rest takes most of my time. So yes my social
life style suffers a lot during the "on-season"
when I am getting ready for a comp, but it is something
I have to do to be the best.
your training regime involve, and what's the minimum
training sessions you work per day?
train weights training 5 times per week and do cardio
training every morning When I diet for a competition
I include one more cardio session a day ( 7 times
a week). The training can be up to 2.5 and 3 hours
a day broken up into two sessions.
much do you lift?
important to point out that I am a body shaper, not
a body builder or a weight lifter. It also of course
depends as to what muscle group you are asking about.
My legs and back are much stronger than other body
parts, but yes, I do lift heavy. I typically do 12-15
reps for upper body and might go as high as 50 reps
for my legs. For each body part I will do 4 sets of
4-5 different exercises. For biceps I might use 20kg
dumbells, for chest I bench around 60kgs and for legs
I might go up to 280kgs.
size and weight obviously changes depending what part
of the competition cycle I am in. When I am off season
gaining size and muscle I weigh as high as 60kgs with
around 15% bodyfat. When I am competing I will weigh
around 53kgs with around 7% bodyfat. This level of
bodyfat is very low for a woman.
most recent measurements taken in January at the start
of my off season diet was:
/ Back 41.5"
your tattoo represent something?
tattoo is very similar to the one that Pamela Anderson
has around her arm. I wanted something that represented
strength and determination while still being sexy.
I don't even notice it is there anymore but it feels
very much a part of me and my personality.
your staple diet, and what are your favourite foods?
- this will vary depending if I am competing or not.
In the off season my goal is to gain muscle so my
diet doesn't have to be as strict, but I still need
to eat plenty of protein and carbs and limit my fats.
I do enjoy cakes, and Japanese food, but my favorite
desert is Caramel Brulee.
I am getting closer to a competition I will eat 6
times a day and all my meals have lean protein and
also clean LG ( low glycemic ) carbohydrates, lots
of vegies and lots of water. All my calories are counted
and my meals are based on a strict ratio of protein,
carbohydrates, and fats. I take a large amount of
supplements and vitamins to make sure my body has
every opportunity to grow and recover from harder
understand your currently preparing to compete in
the US, and you're Australia's only IFBB pro. Why
should potential sponsors, such as airline companies
and hotel chains seriously consider sponsoring you?
am officially Australia's top athlete in my sport.
I represent the optimum in healthy clean living and
promote a great lifestyle. In Australia there is an
epidemic of obesity. Any company who would like to
associate their brand with a clean, healthy, active,
fun loving, bronzed Aussie lifestyle would do well
to associate themselves with me.
are you looking forward to seeing in the U.S?
am looking forward to being able to stand on stage
and go head to head with the girls whose careers I
have followed in the magazines. For years I have wanted
to see how I would go against them and now I have
your marketing U.S.P (Unique Selling Points) in detail?
Arina is Unique:
1. Female - Understands women's needs.
2. Fitness Expert
3. Weight Loss Expert
4. Trainer of Trainers (Personal trainers come to
me to get themselves fit)
5. Trainer of Champions (I train the #1 ranked women
competitors in other federations and divisions)
6. Officially recognised as top amateur athlete in
Australia prior to pro card
7. Only IFBB Pro Figure Athlete in Australia.
8. Ranked #1 Professional Spring Board Diver in Romania
for 10 years.
9. Incredible ability to motivate and instill passion
used to describe Arina (written by friends).
8. Gifted motivator
body, beautiful, magazine covers, media darling, good
ambassador, health lifestyle message etc etc
places has your fitness career taken you?
have travelled throughout Australia competing in various
shows as a fitness and figure contestant.
2004 and 2005 I travelled to Barcelona in Spain which
is where the World Championships are held each year
where the best amateur contestants representing countries
all over the world come together to compete.
do you consider the highlights of your personal and
to Australia was a big step for me and was very difficult
at first as I couldn't speak English, but I knew that
it would be worthwhile sticking it out. I love the
lifestyle here and the people. In Romania I was professional
spring board diver and I've done 1 year of Sport science
at the University before I moved to Australia .
In Australia I was a complete nobody with no money
or assets and now have a quality of life and opportunities
that I could never have expected to achieve when I
first arrived here. Teaching myself to speak, read
and write in English when I was in my 20's was challenging
and a great accomplishment. On the professional side
if things, winning my first show was a big step, but
gaining my Pro card and becoming a Professional has
been a lifelong dream and so for now that is my best
do you do to relax, and don't say "train"!
love doing anything outdoors. Rollerblading in the
park, walking on the beach, taking drives out to the
country are all great things to do during summer.
I love shopping of course, watching movies, and being
generally just enjoying the company of my friends.
motivates and inspires you?
understand that your "the trainer of the stars".
How did this develop?
have been a personal trainer for years and over time
people start to realise that your clients are REALLY
getting results. I started to then get approached
by other personal trainers to help them with difficult
clients (just people who have a harder time losing
weight than others), and then by the personal trainers
themselves to get them remotivated or back in condition.
Once I started doing shows I began to get approached
by more girls who wanted to compete and had some excellent
results and started up an informal team of "Fitdolls"
- female fitness competitors. Word just kept spreading
and now I have a range of clients from the very unfit,
to high profile athletes.
television type programmes would you consider hosting?
would LOVE to have a go at something like an Australian
version of "The Biggest Loser". It is such
a positive and inspiring show. Like the USA, Australia
suffers from way too many overweight inactive people.
Im sure I could achieve even better results and my
team would win !
me your like a real Lara Croft, but better, sexier
and bigger. Would you consider stunt training from
our friend, Colin Handley, with a view to getting
into motion pictures?
yes definitely. I would love to do something like
that, especially with my ability of fitness, flexibility
and strength. I believe I could be really good at
media companies have covered your career to date?
have until now basically kept a low profile so I could
focus on competing and getting to the level I am now
at. I am very well known inside the fitness and sports
modelling community, but not so much to the wider
Australia. I have started to work with Greg Tingle
of Media Man Australia who is providing some excellent
advice and contacts that will get me better known
about town and to a broader section of Australians.
much has the internet helped you, and how many people
visit your website?
internet has been a great help. It provides me with
a low cost means to promote myself while allowing
potential clients, friends and fans to contact me
who wouldn't be able to otherwise so easily.
I update my site often with new photos ( modelling,
competitions, training) and everything that happens
in my life in the fitness area.
hard, be happy, love life
special message for your fans?
all my fans out there, all your support is appreciated
so much. It is only because of your positive attitude
towards me that I am at this level and I will not
disappoint you. I will give 100% to get better and
better and I hope to motivate others in a healthy
lifestyle and feel better about themselves.
would you like to do that you haven't yet?
in the Figure Olympia in the USA. This is THE Olympics
of my sport.
your star sign?
am Taurus: reliable, totally dependable and utterly
loyal, well organised and capable in practical matters,
ambitious, romantic, sentimental, sensual and very
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