Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Joe Tete

Joe's an old pro whose fire for fitness is still burning bright. At 67, Joe is 200 pounds and lifting strong.

Name: Joe Tete
E-Mail: joegym@pics.com
Age: 67  Height: 6'1  Weight: 201 lbs
Location: Medford, NJ
Years Competing: On And Off Since 1968

How Did You Get Started?

Playing professional football in the late 1960s I had a re-occurring shoulder injury; I separated and dislocated it many times. I went to gym to do my own rehab as there were no rehab centers in those days.

I saw bodybuilders who competed and wanted a challenge to compete again. I started to work out and entered my first contest after only 3 months, then went on to win Mr. New Jersey after 17 months (1969). I was ranked top ten in the country in 1971.

Old shoulder injuries haven't derailed Joe's training train!

Why Do You Love Fitness/Bodybuilding?

Besides making a living from it, I love the challenge of competing and accomplishing my goals for health and sculpturing my body. Working out gives everyone a natural high that becomes addicting.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

Obviously, it improves confidence by making me look and feel at least 15 years younger and being so much stronger and healthier compared to the people who do not live the fitness/bodybuilding life style. At my age, being 67, strength, well being and good health helps me enjoy a quality life. Without fitness and bodybuilding my energy and confidence would be much lower.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

I was a professional athlete who had a career-ending injury at the time. I needed some form of competition so I got into bodybuilding and wanted to be the best I could be at the time. I wanted to go against the best to see how I would fair against them. I had the desire, fortitude, discipline, and never-give-up attitude.

What Are Your Future Fitness/Bodybuilding Plans?

To stay healthy, fit and live a quality life.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Fitness Competitors?

Push thru hard workouts ... rest properly and never, never give up.

Who Are Your Favorite Fitness Competitors/Bodybuilders?

I always liked Steve Reeves, knew Arnold from Gold's in California back in the day, and went to college with Ken Waller.

What Features Do You Use On Bodybuilding.com?

The Store and looking the up values of certain supplements.