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About IFBB Pro Joe Russo

Joe Russo grew up playing sports including football, baseball, basketball and wrestling. His true love is football. While playing football as a young player, Joe realized that he needed to put on some size and strength. Soon after, Joe started working out. People and friends around him noticed his shape and the gains he was making. They often would encourage him to compete in bodybuilding. At first, he resisted, but soon after decided to compete. Through his teenage years, Joe won some important teen bodybuilding titles including the Teen Overall at the Michigan State.

After competing in bodybuilding as a teen, Joe went back to his true love, football. For many years through his 20s, he competed in semi-pro football as well as Arena Football. A few years back, Joe injured his hamstring. It never really healed properly, and Joe never recovered his speed completely.

That injury lead Joe back to bodybuilding again in 2016. He’s now concentrating on competing in Classic Physique and hopes to go pro soon.

Sports Played

  • Football
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Wrestling

Physical Stats

Height 5'10"
Weight (Competition) 200 lbs
Weight (Off-Season) 255 lbs
Chest 50"
Waist 34"
Biceps 20.5"
Forearms 15"
Quads 24.5"
Calves 18"
Handedness Right

Strength Stats

Bench Press (Max) 465 lbs
Bench Press (Reps) 405 lbs x 4
Squat (Max) 455 lbs
Deadlift (Max) 405 lbs
DB Press (Reps) 130 lbs x 8
Military Press (Reps) 250 lbs x 6
Barbell Curl (Max) 225 lbs
Barbell Curl (Reps) 135 lbs x 15
Alt DB Curls (Reps) 65 lbs x 10
Hammer Curl (Reps) 100 lbs x 10
DB Shoulder Press (Reps) 120 lbs x 10

Bodybuilding Competition History

Year Competition Division Class Placing
2017 NPC Jr Nationals Classic Physique Class C 3rd Place
2016 NPC Michigan State Championship Men's Bodybuilding Light Heavyweight 3rd Place
2016 NPC Michigan State Championship Novice Bodybuilding Light Heavyweight 1st Place Overall Champion
2016 NPC Michigan State Championship Novice Classic Physique Class C 1st Place
2005 NPC Teen, Collegiate, Masters Nationals Teen Bodybuilding Light Heavyweight 4th Place
2004 Muscle Mania Men's Bodybuilding Light Heavyweight 2nd Place
2004 Muscle Mania Teen Bodybuilding Light Heavyweight 1st Place Overall Champion
2003 Michigan State Championships Teen Bodybuilding Light Heavyweight 1st Place Overall Champion

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