YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE DRIVE, THE WILL AND A CLEAR PLAN OF ATTACK.
BIG BACK GRIPS USER PROFILE INTERVIEW: Joe Alves
BBG: Ok, so, tell us a little about yourself: your name, background, where you grew up, where you went to school and for what. What do you do professionally? A mini-bio, if you will.
Joe Alves: My name is Joe Alves. I’m 32 years old and I was born and raised in San Jose, CA. In 1990, my mom and dad packed up me, my sister, a dog and 3 cats and moved from California to Texas…I guess
Dad wanted a change of pace lol. Anyways, we were nomads for a while until we ended up eventually in Springfield, Oregon, which is where I now live. I finished my sophomore through senior High School years in Springfield, graduating in 1997. One year later I enrolled in Lane Community College pursuing a career in the Culinary Arts and Nutrition industries. Well I never ended up being the pastry chef that I had planned to be. Which is probably for the best, now that my lifestyle is not very conducive to stuffing my face with cream puffs all day. At 17 I started to get the bodybuilding bug pretty fierce. My father in competed in his first bodybuilding competition his late 40s! He inspired me to seek out a healthier lifestyle and look pretty damn good in the process! Training and learning the intricacies of nutrition, I worked retail jobs for 12 years. I got married, got laid off, got divorced and ended up working for my father as a gunsmith, which is what I still do fulltime.
BBG: You’re a sponsored athlete, correct? A lot of lifters are looking for sponsors. Can you tell us about your sponsor? And can you talk about what it entails for you?
Joe Alves: Becoming a sponsored athlete was a major blessing in my goals of becoming a success in the fitness and nutrition industry. You have to have the drive, the will and a clear plan of attack that leads to an ultimate goal! I had dreamed of one day becoming a pro bodybuilder. Having a sponsor is an amazing way of getting your name out and depending on the sponsor can be an amazing assist in your goals. When I met Tom Wiens, owner of Max Muscle in Eugene, Oregon, I was barely a week out of my first competition. I had little more than a 4th place win and my passion to sell me, but within the first hour he stopped me in mid conversation and said, “Let’s get you set up, Joe”. Tom and I have gotten to know one another on more than a sponsor/sponsored athlete level! We have become friends and confide in each other. Since his store was barely a month old when I met him, we realized we had a lot to offer together and have been working to support our endeavors. He has been an awesome support for me and it pushes to be more successful. I take Max Muscle supplements regularly now in my pre-contest regimen and get amazing results! Since I have been under his sponsorship, I have had other opportunities arise making my future goals closer and closer! I am always looking for ways to support the Max Muscle name as well as my own. My passion hasn’t slowed down for a second, and in turn helped me connect with you and discover Big Back Grips! I am truly blessed!
BBG: So what brought you into the world of lifting and when? What are your main goals in bodybuilding?
Joe Alves: When I was 17, my dad started a serious effort to lose weight and get fit. He was over 240 pounds and NOT the good kind! He was trained under a former Mr. Oregon, and after seeing him compete for the first time I saw what the achievement was of reaching your goals! Ever since than I have been trying my best to excel in this lifestyle. I plan on bodybuilding all of my life. As bodybuilding is a very disciplined lifestyle, it has defined who I am as a man and how I live my life. I will be competing in the 2011 Oregon State Open in three weeks, the Seven Feathers Classic in October and that will make three shows this year alone. I plan on competing on the nationals and getting my pro card by time I’m forty, so I have another eight years to get pumped ready! I want to support the life and industry that I love and help people achieve their goals! I want to make money doing something I enjoy and be a well-known competitor to bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts around the nation and eventually the world.
Joe Alves’ Delt Workout
Standing Dumbbell Lateral Raises:
- 4 sets X 10-12 reps/increasing weight per set
- (1-2 minutes rest)
Standing Barbell Front Raises
- 3-4 sets X 10-12 reps/increasing weight per set. This is an awesome exercise that can really develop the front delt tie-in with the upper chest.
- (1-2 minutes rest)
Bent Over Dumbbell Rear Delt Laterals
- 3-4 sets X 10-12 reps/you don’t have to use super heavy weight with this exercise to make the rear delts grow. This will eventually tie in to the upper back and make your rhomboids pop when doing a rear lat spread!
- (1-2 minutes rest)
Seated Dumbbell Press/Standing Dumbbell Shrug Superset
- 2 sets of moderate weight dumbbell press for 8-10 reps (no rest)
- Then straight to standing dumbbell shrugs for 2-3 sets of 10-20 reps!!