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ANDRE "BAM BAM" SCOTT
NPC NATIONAL LEVEL COMPETITOR, PROMOTER, JUDGE |
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If you have not heard the name "Bam Bam" than you have not been to a show in the Pacific Northwest! Andre Bam Bam Scott is a pioneer in the bodybuilding community not only in Oregon, but in all the Northwest. Andre has been a National level competitor before many of you have ever thought about even working out! Andre has competed with some of the top names in the sport and has done well. While taking time off of competing to raise his three children, Andre has been more involved in the sport than many people know about. He is the promoter of the Oregon State Championships, he has been coaching many great athletes, and even started judging shows. This guy wears many hats and is an inspiration to anyone thinking of getting onstage. Oh, and did we say that he is one of the best if not the best posing coach in the Northwest!?!

1. When and why did you decide to start competing?
I’ve been competing since I was a 19 yrs old. I ran track in college but it didn’t feel the same as it did in high school…it wasn’t fun anymore. I needed to do something competitive and top stay in shape, so I started bodybuilding. I competed in my first show after three months of training. I competed in five shows my first year and was fortunate enough to win all five.


2. How much has the sport changed since you first starting competing?
The sport has changed and progressed leaps and bounds since I first started competing. When I first started there was only bodybuilding. There was no Fitness, Figure, or Bikini. There was alot of resistance by the die hard Muscle Heads, but with the addition of these divisions, I’ve watched the sport blossom. Now there is a division or class for almost any level of muscular development. Some of the newer divisions are still being defined, but with the additions of Men’s and Women’s Physique, I see the sport becoming more palatable to the non-extreme muscle interested masses.  


3. Being on both sides of the stage now with promoting, judging, and even competing yourself.. Do you think it makes it easier to understand the sport more?
Wearing multiple hats has allowed me to see things more peripherally. I now can say I fully understand how everyone feels as an athlete, promoter, judge, expeditor, coach, and even MC. There are so many facets that go into properly preparing for a competition it’s crazy.

4. Now that you are on both sides of the sport.. Do you have any advice to competitors?
As a competitor preparing for a competition I would advise that the athlete emphasize condition over size. Put energy in how their physique is displayed to the judges. Always select a competition far enough away that allows the athlete enough time properly prepare for the event.  
 
As a judge I would urge every athlete to reference other successful athletes in their perspective divisions, and look at the quality of the physique the competitor will be compared to. Then seek out educated and experienced coaches and trainers to aid them in achieving their competitive goals.   


5. You have helped so many athletes with everything from posing, contest prep, etc.. Are there some people that stand out in your mind over all the years of helping that you would like to tell us about?
Oh my goodness!!! You’re trying to get me in trouble….lol. I have worked with hundreds of athletes in one capacity or another over the past 25 yrs in this industry. Notable IFBB Pro’s include : Idrise Ward-El, Angela Leong, Mindy Socamoto, Rikki Smead, Bleu Taylor, Marcy McCaskey, Kim Kosmos, Lisa Stark, Joni Neilson,  my girlfriend KeriAnn Heitzman, and IFPA Natural Pro D’ghon Culpepper.  
 
Laurie “Champ” Smith, Matt Porter, Brandon “The Kid” Lyons,  My Little Brother Turk Fickling, Kristen“Muscles”Spurlin
and Roddel Razor are all people I hold near and dear to my heart that have allowed me to assist them with their prep as well.

6. Who or what inspires you to strive for more in the sport?
My three babies: Skylar, DJ, Christian, and my girlfriend KeriAnn keep me motivated, and give me all kinds of love and support. Kinda crazy how a hug and a smile from a loved one seem to keep everything in perspective.

7. What is next for you as a competitor and/or promoter?
My next show as a promoter will be the Oregon State Bodybuilding Championships. I’ve been promoting it for the past 10 years. My next show as a competitor has yet to be decided. I’m enjoying my training and being able to loosen up on my food a  bit.

8. What is your favorite memory good or bad while prepping, competing, promoting?
My favorite, most recent memory just happened. I have officially judged my first NPC sanctioned competition as a judge. Being on that judging panel allowed everything for me to come full circle. I have now successfully  participated in every facet of the sport.

9. Any website you would like to plug, facebook, twitter, personal site, etc...
Please check out NPCOregon.com and OregonBodyBuilding.com


10. Anything you would like to say to all the visitors to NPC Oregon?

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. If you ever see me, don’t hesitate to come over and say hello. I’m never too busy for a friendly smile.

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