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Joe Brighty  🕰 24 📧 E-Commerce 💻 @team_disciplined coach 🏆 UKBFF Champ - 🌎 IFBB Finalist 📹 2BROSPRO PREP SERIES 👇🏽

Looks like I made some adobe level gains this offseason. The V Taper is real 🔽
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It’s got to that point in prep where the mental toughness has to come through. A high weigh in first thing in the morning can really set me up for a bad day 🤨
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Lowest weigh in of prep so far has 99.1kg. I’m aiming to hit around the mid 90s come stage time, and condition is really starting to come through now. Within the next week or so I think I’ll be as lean as I was at any point in 2016, and pushing a lot more calories than I was back then. 🙌🏼
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Happy Friday my mans 🤙🏽

Wednesday wings from your boy 🦋 what do you guys think?
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I’ve been working hard to perfect the posing from the rear for this season and I think we’re getting there. Nailing the back pose is all about associating the way you envisage your rear with a feeling in your posterior musculature. 💪🏽🧠
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Without identifying the right feeling, you’re just playing guessing games on stage, and you can’t afford that when the next man has it on lock 🔐
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Next stop... transitions @isaacffrancis 🤸🏽‍♀️
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@2brospro_events

Feeling full AF right now.. but where the shreddies at? 🤨🤔
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I’ve had a stressful few days man. Juggling competition prep and trying to get promoted at work (which means a fully blown interview and presentation 😫) has been tough. But when these opportunities pop up you can’t let them slide, I bring it all on myself and that’s fine. I got the minerals to cope 🤙🏽 just...
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Anyway, now that’s out the way, back to fat shedding. Daily calories as of this week 2750, and cardio upped to 2000kcals a week. Time to bring the pain homies. 🤘🏽

Solid pull session this afternoon at my new favourite central london gym 🤩 gymbox bank is certainly the saviour
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Gonna enjoy visiting this place as the shreds advance as we approach competition season baby 😬 old school, underground weights room that is of course absolutely DEADOUT at the weekend.. hence being half naked up in this bitch 🤨
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Stress levels are 💯 at the moment for your boi but it’s all good, especially when I manage to get a wicked session in to end the weekend 🤞🏽
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Ready to smash a big week this week and come out of it smiling and fired up 🔥🙌🏼 let’s get after it gang

Good morning my people 🙏🏼
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So seeing another young dreamer become an IFBB pro at @musclecontestinternational yesterday has well and truly lit the fire for me 🔥
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Things just got very real, I’m just under 10 weeks out from @2brospro_events in the place I lived for three years whilst at university. It was here that I decided to first compete, it was here that I built the foundations for the physique I’ve earned today. It was here that I fell in love with bodybuilding. 🤩
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Weight has been sitting at between 99-100kg for the past week but it’s time to grind now. I don’t want to see an ounce of fat on my body in 8 weeks time. Let’s go. 🤨

Yo fam, sorry for the radio silence the last few days, but let me hit you with my latest update 🙏🏼
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Last week was productive af in terms of progress, ending with a new low weigh in of 99.2kg 😬 but this period hasn’t come without a cost.
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Prep mode has fully taken over the majority of my days both mentally and physically. My patience is at an all time low, the smallest things are affecting me, and I’m finding myself very focussed on food 👀
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The way I set myself up is so that I can enjoy the majority of my calories and food towards the end of the day, which is brilliant for enjoying my evenings but not great for energy levels throughout the day.. at least not until I get in the gym 🤘🏽
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None of this concerns me too much when considering the bigger picture. I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in and I’m well on track. It’s just the reality of a competition prep. So we keep digging. 😅

A very productive week so far, weighing in this morning at 99.4kg which is my lowest by 0.5kg all prep 🤘🏽
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Felt my tightest by far yesterday morning as I saw more lines and signs of leanness reappearing after a year and a half of being in hiding. I’m most excited to go further than I’ve ever been before, that is what drives me every morning. That and the fact that I’m just desperate to win and realise a dream 🤩
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At 11 weeks out today everything is cruising along very nicely. Food remains relatively high, my lifts continue to progress each week, and the weight and fat keeps dropping. With all those things being ticked off I can only be pleased with how this prep is going, and every time I get in the studio for posing now I feel more and more satisfied with the direction I’m moving in 🤙🏽
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I can’t wait to see the changes over the next few weeks now 😬

HOW NOT TO DIET 😟
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#throwback to my best look of 2016 in my opinion. Not a look I’d be satisfied with this year but one that I look back on proudly 🤙🏽
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My prep for this show was a carcrash to be honest. I used a method of dieting called ‘Carb Backloading’ by DH Kiefer because I truly believed it was the best way to diet- one that would enable me to keep insulin low throughout the day by only eating protein and fats (and I mean ONLY) and therefore remain in a ‘fat burning state’, then train after work and eat all my carbs for the day in the evening, spiking insulin dramatically which would help to shuttle all the carbs/glycogen to my muscles for recovery and growth 🤔🤔🤔
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It all sounded very logical at the time, before I started to learn more... for example that protein itself spikes insulin 😂 of course, the diet worked.. thanks to the caloric deficit, NOT the timing of macros. 🤨
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The result of not eating carbs all day eventually led to a dramatic drop in strength and I have no doubt that I lost some tissue because of that. I specifically remember coming out of that prep and not being able to bench 90kg for 8 reps. 90KG FOR 8 REPS 😔 it was a sad day.

Boxed off a brilliant push session today, one that I went into with completely the wrong mindset 🤔
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As I walked to the gym I felt exhausted. This morning’s cardio felt as hard as it has done all prep, my legs felt heavy by the end of the day and surprise surprise I was tired. Would some people sack it off at this point? Of course they would, but it’s a waste of time for me to compare myself against those people. They have other commitments that are more important, other dreams they have to chase 🔐
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Not sacking it off today doesn’t make me hardcore or special. You wouldn’t expect anyone who embarks on a competition prep to miss sessions, because they wouldn’t make it through half of prep 🤷🏼‍♂️
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What DOES make a difference is that I got in the gym and by the time I started my first working set I was DETERMINED to perform as best as I could. That determination and discipline is what has gotten me this far, and it is what will continue to drive me through this prep and beyond. 👊🏽

One hand on hip v. ‘lat spread’ - which do you guys prefer? 🤔
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This is the current situation from the rear, as of about 12 weeks out. I can’t wait for more detail to pop and the taper to get more and more dramatic.. but at least there’s a level of leanness that helps me to work out what looks best when posing 👀
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Hammer has been dropped as of this week. This prep has been plain sailing but it’s time to take it up a notch. I’m determined to be ready early and make sure I get on that stage with no regrets when looking back over my prep 🤨

Not so much a #transformationtuesday.. more like the story so far 🙏🏼
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Come the end of next week I’ll be about mid way through my prep for the June @2brospro_events back in my old stomping ground.. Coventry 🤷🏼‍♂️
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I started prep at just under 107kg, and my current average weight is just over 100kg, with fairly minimal changes having been made so far. 🤘🏽 you know the drill, trying to get the most out of the least.
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Calories started at 3100 daily and they’re now sitting at 2900 starting this week, and cardio has increased from 1000kcal per week to 1500kcal per week. 10k steps daily has remained the same and is likely to throughout 🙏🏼
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Time to go from lean to stage-peeled. #justgotstarted

#fakemondaymotivation: flat bench rep PB and choosing your pre workout meal 🍫
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A few takeaways from this video:
1. My mum is incredible.. but also a little bit mental. Not sure if she’s weirder because of her actions at the end or because she’s spotting me benching 130kg 🤷🏼‍♂️🤔 2. I’m 12 weeks out and benching 130kg for a rep PB.. by about 5 reps 🙏🏼 strength continues to move up and I really want to stress the importance of your pre-workout nutrition to ensure you are getting THE BEST out of yourself when you get to the gym. This is obviously important in the off season, but when you’re prepping it can become more challenging, and therefore I’d say requires more deliberation 🤔
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The fact of the matter is if begin to step back on your training, and begin getting weaker and regressing on your reps or weights, you WILL lose tissue. No amount of protein (optimal or not) will save muscle tissue if you stop offering it the same or new stimuli. You will lose tissue that you have worked HARD to gain.
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So as for your meal: choose something that doesn’t bloat you, or make you feel overly flatulent- neither of these feelings are good ones when you want to hit a PB. Ensure the meal has ample protein and carbs to fuel your workout. I also add dark chocolate most days- the fat will help to slow down the rate at which your burn through the carbs. Dark chocolate has been shown (albeit potentially not overwhelmingly) to help promote blood flow- i.e. better pump 🙌🏼

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