Joe Mackey is on a mission. The International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Pro League competitor has constructed a following due to his immense feats of energy. Now, he’s chiseling that mass, stepping away from the platform, and specializing in his prep for the 2022 IFBB Texas Pro, set to happen on August 12-13, 2022, in Irving, Texas.

On July 24, 2022, Mackey’s coach Miloš Šarčev shared an replace on Mackey’s physique the place largely each side of the athlete’s physique — like his arms, legs, shoulders, and abs — appears positively ripped. Check out the physique replace under:

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The 58-year-old Šarčev is a former IFBB competitor who notably received the 1989 Mr. Universe contest. Mackey expressed appreciation for Šarčev’s continued tutelage over his personal Instagram profile. He additionally complimented the Dragon’s Lair Gym in Las Vegas, NV — owned by seven-time 212 Olympia winner Flex Lewis — whereas hinting at extra common appearances in Sin City.  

“Great workout and posing with my coach [Miloš Šarčev],” Mackey writes. Huge due to the Dragon’s Lair Gym. Top-notch facility with an incredible setting and tools. Definitely shall be my go-to place once I’m in Vegas.”

At the time of this text’s publication, Mackey hasn’t confirmed his plans to try to qualify for the 2022 Mr. Olympia — going down on Dec. 16-18. 

Mackey’s Road Ahead

In late April 2022, Mackey joined the 900-pound deadlift membership. He adopted that non-public report (PR) by deadlifting 385.5-kilograms (850 kilos) throughout the 2022 Iron Wars VI. While these achievements are noteworthy, successful the 2022 Texas Pro may open a number of bodybuilding doorways for Mackey.

For one, per the IFBB Pro League’s requirements, a victory would garner Mackey an automated qualification to the 2022 Olympia. Should Mackey fall wanting the highest spot on the rostrum in Texas, a top-five consequence within the Tier 4 contest would no less than give him some factors (one by means of 4 from fifth to second place, respectively) within the total qualification course of. Provided Mackey finishes within the prime three amongst Men’s Open opponents on the finish of the Olympia qualification interval on November 20, 2022 — he would seize a spot within the prestigious contest. 

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According to NPC News Online, Mackey’s finest lead to 5 IFBB Pro League competitions since 2016 is an eighth-place end on the 2020 Tampa Pro. In his most up-to-date look on an official stage throughout the 2021 Chicago Pro, Mackey completed in twelfth place. The bodybuilder competed within the Men’s Open division throughout each contests.

Given his latest coaching progress, the regular hand of a bodybuilding legend serving to him, and total versatility, it could be silly to miss Mackey’s coming probabilities. In due time, a berth for Mackey within the 2022 Mr. Olympia may appear inevitable. 

Featured picture: @milossarcev on Instagram