Lifelong fitness enthusiast Rick Valente first developed his passion for exercise and bodybuilding when he was a child. Determined to transform his body into an ideal physique, Rick Valente trained using strict fitness regimens that included weight lifting, consuming a protein-heavy diet conducive to amassing muscle, and playing sports. When he was 19, Rick Valente entered his first amateur bodybuilding contest; he won the Mr. Summer title for Summer’s Night Club in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Shortly after, Rick Valente pursued his interest professionally and went on to regularly compete in nationwide bodybuilding contests. In 1983, he had earned a number of titles on the East Coast and decided to relocate to Los Angeles, California, where he began training at Gold’s Gym in Venice Beach, a famous site for bodybuilders. Recognizing the emerging popularity of bodybuilding promoted by Lou Ferrigno, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Franco Columbu, Rick Valente understood that moving to the industry’s central location was vital to his career. After moving to the West Coast, Rick Valente quickly took first place for Mr. Los Angeles and ranked second for Mr. California.
In addition to working out and participation in bodybuilding competitions, Rick Valente focused on developing a personal training business. He often capitalized on his success in competitions to promote his enterprise and made appearances at gym openings and seminars. Rick Valente also appeared in articles and photo spreads for fitness magazines.
In 1987, Rick Valente retired from bodybuilding when he tore a pectoral muscle. By 1989, he shifted his career to television and served as a cohost for ESPN’s fitness show Body Shaping.