Scott Dennis is in his second year in competing as a pro. Scott this year has competed in 4 shows. Within those shows Scott made a choice to switch coaches to Omar Ventura and it showed. Scott went from not placing to place 2nd at the Puerto Rico Pro, and of course winning the Baltimore Grand Prix in where he placed second to Andre Ferguson last year. After the show, we were able to catch up with Scott and ask him a few questions for this exclusive interview.
Congratulations on your win at the Baltimore Grand Prix Pro. Last year you placed second at this show, how does it feel walking out this year as the overall winner?
Well this is my first pro win, so the feeling is absolutely indescribable and it really still hasn’t sunk in. It was very emotional for me; it really meant the world to me to get my first pro win. Last year placing second was bittersweet. It was great to place second and get to go toe-to-toe with the homie Andre Ferguson who is one of the best in the world. It was also bitter being that close to a win, and my first Olympia qualification. It just wasn’t my time yet and that was ok. I never knew if the day would ever come, I just worked as hard as I possibly could and kept faith that it would. Winning in this league is incredibly difficult no matter how good you are. It was really a lot of weight off my back to now call myself an IFBB Champion, and an Olympian. But that’s done and over with now, and my focus is purely on making sure everybody knows who I am when I step on stage at the Olympia.
What were the biggest changes you made coming into this year’s Baltimore Grand Prix?
A huge career change that I made was working with Omar Ventura. He took me to a whole new level, but getting there took a lot of changes. He pushed me like never before with all aspects, training, dieting, and cardio. I’ve always been a hard worker, but he put me on a path that made me work harder than ever before.
Now that you are qualified for the Olympia, what is your game plan moving forward, and for when you step on that Olympia stage?
Originally my plan was to go to the Prestige Crystal Cup in Boca two weeks after Baltimore, but Omar quickly shut that down after giving it about an hour to ponder and discuss with others. I wanted to go get another win before the Olympia, but putting into perspective what I have put my body through the past two shows, we knew it was best to take the full nine weeks and focus solely on the Olympia. All the incredible changes I have made with him have been in a very short period of time, this prep will be almost double the amount of time we’ve had together total. With that time, I plan on bringing something even better and I think that if I can get just a little bit better, I will be dangerous. I’m showing up to win, if I didn’t feel that way I would try to collect another check in Boca and add another win to my resume but I truly believe if I come in how I imagine I will, then I’m going to make some noise.
Competing at these large-scale shows against other pros can be nerve-racking for some. How do you keep your cool leading up to the show?
Going into the Olympia I can’t get wrapped up in anything, or anyone, but myself. A lot of the people that I follow on Instagram are currently in prep for the O, some being very close friends of mine. I can’t distract myself worrying about what they are doing, or how they look because I know they are going to look incredible. So I won’t be scrolling my feed very much the next eight plus weeks because it’s easy to see these incredible physiques they have and ask yourself can I beat him. But truthfully, I think I can beat anybody so not even looking is what I will do. But realistically, this is the biggest show in the world so it’s not a matter of keeping your cool; it’s a matter of containing it the best you can.
Knowing what you know now in the world of the IFBB, what advice would you give yourself back when you first began competing?
I knew very little about the IFBB when I first started competing, so turning pro really wasn’t something that I would say I thought about much. Looking back now though, I would tell myself to be patient because the best guy in the world are grown men and they are not little boys. Take your time, and grow good dense quality muscle before you think you’re even close to being able to be competitive in the league.
What is your go to cheat/post show meal?
Offseason, my go to cheat meal is either Five Guys or Sushi. Post show varies. I like to get something that I’ve really been craving and I like to get take out and go back to my room and just relax with my girlfriend and eat in bed. I always have to have some sort of cake, or donuts as dessert though. I know most people like to go out eat out at a restaurant after, but for me there’s nothing better than a good meal in bed.
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