Ich Bin: Lucian Acaru, personal trainer

An inspiring E11-dwelling hunk with a passion and philosophy for good health? Yes please!

Lucian Acaru: ‘Nutrition has nothing to do with calorie counting’. Photo: LA
Lucian Acaru is a personal trainer and nutritionist who has been working and living in Leytonstone for the past four years. He started a full time coaching business after graduating in sports science in 2013. Since then he has helped many members of E11’s community achieve “amazing” results, according to testimonials. He advocates an individualised diet and exercise approach based on biology and science, as opposed to dogmas and beliefs.

When were you happiest?
Now, doing what I love and helping others to achieve their health and wellness goals.

Where would you like to live?
London in the summer, and Dubai in the winter.

What is your greatest life achievement?
Watching my client Bridget abseil from The ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Olympic Park was a pretty proud moment. It was humbling to see how my coaching had helped her reach her goals. (You can find out more about Bridget’s journey by clicking here.)


What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Any change requires effort.

What is your earliest memory?
Chasing my great-grandma with a red and white polka dot kitchen pot! Once a rascal, always a rascal.

What makes you unhappy?
When dieticians and nutritionists teach people to count calories and give them the green light to eat industrial-processed food items which are toxic for the body.

‘I cannot have a meal without a glass of red wine.’ Photo: LA
What simple thing would improve your quality of life?
Having a good size garage so I can empty my car of all the boot camp equipment you’ll find me ferrying around. You can watch some Saturday Boot campers in action here.

What is your guilty pleasure?
I cannot have a meal without a glass of red wine.

Who or what do you hate and why?
Parking attendants issuing a ticket before the minimum observation period.

What’s the worst thing anyone’s said to you?
You’ll never be able to do that.

Tell us a secret.
Nutrition has nothing to do with calorie counting.

What has your career taught you?
That nearly half of what I learnt during my sport science degree was wrong; a lot of the teachings weren’t supported by scientific evidence. It’s important to challenge deeply entrenched beliefs which are often supported by biased surveys.

What is your favourite dish and why?
Bors – it’s a traditional Romanian/Russian dish made with grass-fed met. It’s full of healthy nourishing fats. The kind of fats that we have been eating for 99.9% of our evolution… long before the toxic industrial fats arrived.

Who or what do you love?
I love what I do: coaching others to help them achieve the best version of themselves. What I love even more is when clients then go on to become health coaches for their friends and family.

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Inspired already? Head to Lucian’s website here for more info
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