CBS NEWS 60 MINUTES: Joel Osteen, Pastor Benches 300 LBS, Twice His Body Weight

Sequence of Joel Osteen bench press video stills from 60 Minutes broadcast of Joel Osteen interview by Byron Pitts on October 14, 2007.

Joel Osteen is shown in a segment of his 60 Minutes interview on the Smith Machine performing a bench press for at least three or four repetitions at what appears to be 215 or 225 LBS (45-LB Olympic bar, 45 LBS X2, 25 LBS X2, 10 LBS X2, and 5 LBS X2 … or another two 10-LB plates). The successful minister reportedly keeps his life simple — spending time with family and friends, and getting exercise, which includes weight training and basketball.

Joel Scott Hayley Osteen (born March 5, 1963 in Houston, Texas) is the senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, North America’s largest and 2006’s fastest growing church, averaging more than 47,000 attendees at weekly services. He is married to Victoria Osteen, who serves as co-pastor. The Lakewood was formerly the arena of the Houston Rockets and the nearby Interstate has ramps designed especially to bring people to this facility. Osteen credits that design to the act-of-God.

Joel Osteen was featured as one of Barbara Walters’ “10 Most Fascinating People of 2006” and was named “Most Influential Christian in America” in 2006 by He is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Your Best Life Now. It reached the top of the New York Times bestseller list, and has sold more than four million copies since its release in October 2004. The book is available in 19 languages. His television ministry is the most watched inspirational program in the United States.

Joel Osteen’s second book, Become a Better You, (products on Amazon) was released in October 2007 with a first printing of three million copies.

Joel Osteen has been interviewed on 60 Minutes, FOX NEWS Fox & Friends, CBS Early Show and more.

Part II of 60 Minutes video segment with Bench Press exercise by Joel Osteen.

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