Tara Scotti aka "da hotti" shares her feelings on a disappointing loss and
how she bounced back to kick some booty. A true New Yorker Tara tells it
like it is.
This woman has the potential to turn pro without question. Take
a minute to get to know more about Da Hotti and be sure to stop by the
Twinlab booth at the Arnold Classic and tell her you saw her on
Place you call home:
Born and raised in Queens NY, live in White Plains NY
Personal Fitness Trainer, Fitness Model, Figure Competitor
You placed a disappointing 4th at the 2001 NPC Figure Nationals, give us the
lowdown on the show and your hibernation after that.
I was so excited for the show, because it was the first ever Figure
Nationals. I felt I was on point with my training and diet and was very
happy with my physique. I was confident that I was doing very well that
night. After pre-judging, I got a lot of positive feedback. And not just
from my friends and family.
When I was called for 4th place, I was very
disappointed. I was more upset because when I asked why I took 4th, I was
told I was a little too "hard", but the girl who took 1st in the short class
was very hard herself, so I was upset at the inconsistency of the judging.
Looking back now, I should of just sucked it up and not been such a sore
loser, because it wasn't too shaby to be in the top 5 in the first ever
Figure Nationals with the likes of Davana Medina and Jenny Lynn.
competition I decided that I would distance myself from competing for a
while because I was drained. And Figure wasn't a pro division anyway at
the time. I concentrated on making my personal training business very
What made you compete at the 2003 NPC Eastern USA show?
For me personally
the timing was just right. I wanted to give it one more shot, and I looked
up the NPC New York schedule and saw that the Eastern USA was in November.
It was just the right amount of time for me to get ready.
You had to be stoked to come back and win the overall title there - yeah?
Stoked is and under statement. I was ecstatic. It felt just as good as I'd
imagined it would.
What did you do to prep for that show and make such a showing with two years
I never got out of shape. Training is a very big part of my life, so I
didn't do anything too drastic. I did tweak some things in my training to
bring some areas up that I felt needed to be brought up.
I am fortunate to
have a good friend of mine Franky DiCiccio to help me prepare for my shows
with regards to diet and supplementation. He is my personal guru!
What shows are you planning to compete in for 2004?
I am getting ready to
compete at th JR. USA's on April 17th. Depending on how things go there, I
will know what other shows I will do. I am only doing pro qualifiers this
You're pretty confident you'll turn pro this year - what makes you deserving
of a pro card?
I feel I have put in my dues and have a pro level physique.
Have you done any fitness modeling?
Yes, I have been modeling for quite
some time. Lately I have been shooting with a bunch of photographers and
have been fortunate to get some good work.
Who do you train with?
I have a trainer Gerry who has been my trainer for
12 years! I go to see him at least once a week. The rest of the week I
train alone. I like it that way.
You'll be at the Twinlab booth at this year's Arnold - how did you get
hooked up with them?
I spoke with several companies at the 2003 Olympia,
and I had a few offers on the table for endorsement deals. I decided to go
with Twinlab because I use their products.
Ripped Fuel Extreme, CLA and Glutamine.
How many times did you cheat on your last contest diet?
Not at all. I have
a hard time allowing myself the opportunity to cheat. (Even thought I know
in my head that it is OK and probably even good to cheat once in a while)
What is the most challenging thing about competing?
Timing. Trying to make
sure that you don't peak too early.
Worst job you've ever had in life?
Working as a legal secretary. 9-5 is
not for me!
Are you a tomboy or a girly girl?
What line did your current boyfriend use to pick you up?
We were friends
for a while and I was in a bad place in my life and he asked me if I wanted
to get away and go to Mexico! I guess that is a line. Haha (FYI... I said
yes and the rest is history)
Favorite place to visit:
California. I try to go out a few times a year.
When you're not competing and dieting what do you like to do?
I love to
cook and entertain. I enjoy eating, drinking and being merry!
Who inspires you in life?
My mother is my inspiration. She raised me and
my brother alone as a single mom. Worked 2 jobs always, never complained
and still always looks fabulous.
Not yet. Looking though!!
You'll be launching your new web site as well as a member's only site soon.
What can fans expect to see on your sites?
I am very big on making sure
that the content will be current and updated often. I will have tons of
sexy pics and great info.
Best advice someone has given you in this sport?
Stay true to who you are.
Develop your physique as best you can and don't get to consumed with the
judges. It is a subjective sport.
What advice do you have for others who are considering competing in Figure?
If competing is something you have always wanted to try, give it your all
and go for it! You will know immediately after your first show if it is for
you or not.
Anything else you'd like to share?
Lets see, check out TaraScotti.com. I
am very happy to be back. It is only the beginning!
Thanks Tara Best of luck to you. I appreciate your time and honesty!
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