Friday, October 7, 2011

Spotlight Interview: Maria Rita Penteado

Originally from Brazil, Maria Rita Penteado had won every Bodybuilding competition she had entered before the 2011 Arnold's. Because of a ridiculous rule, she can not do National shows due to not being a U.S. citizen. That is a shame because I truly believe she would do very well at National shows. Rita brings a great physique, highlighted by her incredible delts, and a great stage presence. Rita has the physique, looks and attitude to be a star in the fitness industry.

Q: You are originally from Brazil. What brought you to America?
A: I came her to study English and then I started competing in Bodybuilding and stayed in the Country.

Q: What was the hardest thing for you to get used to in America?
A: The language I think I was the worst haha.

Q: How did you get interested in Bodybuilding?
A: When I was 15 years old I started training with weights because I was too little, too skinny. I wanted to put on some size and a little bit of muscle. I saw good results and kept doing it.
Q: When you first started, did you expect you would get as into it as you are?
A: No! But I always liked it. I always admired the athletes.

Q: When you started did you have anybody you looked up to or admired?
A: Not really anyone special. But there were tv shows about fitness I always watched. They taught about exercise and talk about dieting. It helps if you watch. I always watched and learned from it and went to college for Physical Education and that's how I got into that.

Q: Up until the Arnold's you had won every show you did....
A: Haha!

Q: But you couldn't do a National show, can you explain why?
A: Yeah, I am not allowed. I need to be an American citizen and I am from Brazil.

Q: Does that get frustrating?
A: A little bit. But I do it for fun. There is nowhere to go so I just do Regional shows.

Q: When you keep winning, does it get hard to find motivation to get better?
A: No, it doesn't hurt the motivation.

Q: After doing the Arnold's are there any improvements you need to make?
A: I need to get as lean as I can. They dropped the middleweight class, so that was hard for me. They had lightweight and heavyweight, so I tried to drop to 12 and my competition weight is 128-129, so I ended up at heavyweight and flat. So it didn't work, if they have middleweight, then maybe next, year and if not, I don't know.

Q: Looking back at all the shows you won, is there one that means most to you?
A: Not really, but I really liked how I looked at Europa Battle of Champions in Connecticut.

Q: I am a fan of your delts, but do you have a part you think is your best?
A: My back and shoulders.

Q: Can you give an idea of what you do for delts?
A: I like lateral raises and shoulder press. I think it helps develop my shoulders best. I keep doing that and see results.

Q: When you are in the gym, being attractive and with your physique, do you get a lot of attention.

Q: Thank you. Yeah I do.

Q: Does it get annoying?
A: No, people are nice. They say "You look good". No one is offensive.

Q: Do you know whats next as far as competing?
A: Not yet. I took the summer to rest and then get excited for next year.

Q: Would you be interested in fitness modeling?
A: Yeah. I do some photo shoots when I am getting ready for shows and when I am in good shape I do some pictures. Nothing crazy, just for myself.

Q: Before we finish, anyone you want to thank?
A: I want to thank you for the opportunity. Thanks to everyone who supports me as an athelte and likes my work or writes me on Facebook. All those people.


  1. wow,I am amazed after seeing your fitness body.
    If you don't mine, how many time you take exercise in a day?. Although we need low fat diet because which is helpful to make fitness body.

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