Recent winner eyes ‘Mr. Olympia’ title
MEDFORD, MA – August 2, 2018: Carlos DeOliveira works on his lifting routine at Gold’s Gym before his upcoming bodybuilding competition, on Thursday, August 2, 2018 in Medford, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Nicolaus Czarnecki/Boston Herald)
You want to look like Medford bodybuilder Carlos “Caike” DeOliveira?
Be prepared to eat massive amounts of plain grilled chicken breast and guzzle two gallons of water a day. And get ready to spend up to four hours a day, seven days a week, at the gym.
“Most people are used to having eggs and toast for breakfast. I’m used to having chicken,” Carlos, 24, told me. “I love eating healthy.”
His discipline and willpower has certainly paid off. Carlos won last weekend’s USA Nationals Physique Bodybuilding competition in Las Vegas, one of the country’s biggest bodybuilding events.
Now, Carlos hopes to head to his native Brazil to compete in the upcoming “Muscle Contest Brazil.” His dream is to someday clinch the title of “Mr. Olympia.” His latest win made Carlos a “pro” which means he can compete for prize money.
“I want to be the best at this sport,” he said.
When Carlos was 11 months old, his parents immigrated to the U.S. in search of a better life and the American dream. He was only reunited with his parents again at age 9, after living with a family friend in Brazil, and came to the U.S. with his parents two years later.
Carlos began working out at Gold’s Gym in Medford at 17.
“As a kid, you always want to look better,” Carlos said.
A bodybuilder asked Carlos if he was preparing for a show. He wasn’t, but he took a chance and ended up winning a regional show, the Jay Cutler Classic. He was hooked. And he still loves it — except for the spray-on tans.
Carlos has spent the past six years eating healthy and working out. When he prepares for a competition, he spends three months “dieting down” to look his best. This means spending up to four hours a day at the gym seven days a week, doing cardio and weights, and eating six meals a day about two hours apart.
Carlos buys and cooks food in bulk. His wife, Julie — whom he met at the gym, of course — helps him cook. He eats a lot of plain grilled chicken breast, turkey, fish, sweet potatoes, asparagus and broccoli. He drinks up to two gallons of water a day.
His coach, Omar Ventura, monitors his eating and exercise from California and puts together a program.
“He’s one of my hardest workers,” said Ventura, calling him a “coach’s dream.”
If Carlos’ father, a house painter, and his mother, a cake decorator, want to go to a restaurant, Carlos eats beforehand and drinks water.
“We’ll still have a great conversation,” he said. “I just won’t be enjoying the same foods.”
But after a win, Carlos indulges in pancakes, covered with chocolate chips or even Skittles.
“I love, love pancakes,” he said. “I’m a breakfast guy.