Pete mus­cles his way into the elite

Macclesfield Express - - WHAT’S ON - STU­ART GREER

ABODYBUILDER has spo­ken of his pride af­ter com­ing fourth in the World Cham­pi­onships.

The podium fin­ish at the IBFA event in Italy last month is the lat­est stage in a re­mark­able jour­ney for Pete Jack­son.

The 62-year-old from Macclesfield only took up body­build­ing two years ago and is now one of the world’s best in the over60s class.

Pete, who runs ToneZone on Melville Road, said the trip to Rome was a ‘fab­u­lous’ ex­pe­ri­ence.

The dad of one said: “To be com­pet­ing against some of best in the world - from Italy, Spain, France and Rus­sia - and com­ing fourth feels fan­tas­tic.

“I do think I could have looked a bit bet­ter but that’s the trial and er­ror of find­ing my way in this new sport.

“Re­gard­less it was a fab­u­lous ex­pe­ri­ence and I will be set­ting my sights on win­ning first place in next year’s worlds, pro­vided I can qual­ify again.”

Train­ing for the world cham­pi­onships was no easy feat for Pete, who had to com­mit to a gru­elling regime to get into peak con­di­tion in­volv­ing six meals a day of fish, chicken, broc­coli, spinach and lots of pro­tein drinks.

But once the hard work was done, Pete found him­self set free in one of the culi­nary cap­i­tals of the world.

He said: “Be­ing in Rome there was plenty of pizza and pasta, not to men­tion gateau and cheese­cake. I ba­si­cally didn’t stop eat­ing for six days and put on about 16 pounds.”

Af­ter a few weeks re­lax­ing and en­joy­ing him­self Pete is now back in train­ing mode ahead of Mr Liver­pool in May, the first com­pe­ti­tion he took part in two years ago.

Be­fore tak­ing up body­build­ing Pete was al­ways fit. He grew up on a farm in Flash and for many years he was in­volved in both the Macclesfield and Bosley tug of war teams.

Pete said: “I am ex­pect­ing my first grand­child soon and was re­minded that ‘fourth in the world’ is a great achieve­ment to tell them about when they are older, but I def­i­nitely want to go back and win it.

“I sus­pect if I do win, I’ll prob­a­bly then want to go and try and en­ter other com­pe­ti­tions.

“I’m well and hooked.” truly

Body­builder Pete Jack­son with some of his tro­phies

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