Joel Bushby

Joel Bushby

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Even from an early age I can’t remember when I wasn’t active. I always wanted to move, whether it be going down to the park with the other kids or doing high jump on my trampoline. I was very short and scrawny and did not start filling out until I reached 21. I started swimming at the age of 5 so I knew how to swim and liked it so much I just kept it up, which helped me in all the school carnivals. I became the school champion from the 1st grade and continued until the end of high school. I made it to the state titles for swimming, athletics, rugby league and touch football; so I was a bit of an all-rounder. I loved the feeling of competing, training and the friendships I made. I gained a lot of discipline from all the hard training I did when I was younger and it has made me a stronger person today. When I left school and started working I still kept up my team sports because of the way team bonding and training made me feel. Now I feel that being part of the gym is like being part of a team.


A typical week consists of walking with a group every morning for 45 minutes to an hour. To a lot of people this may seem like cardio but to me it’s just like breathing, you just do it; I enjoy the colours of nature and watching the sun rise. I believe it’s good for your soul and it charges your batteries for the day ahead. I do resistance training five days a week, very ‘old school’. I alternate from a push day to a pull day. I choose up to four muscle groups per session and hit them heavy and hard and train that way all year round. An example of a push day would be: leg press 4 sets x 10 reps, dumbbell chess press 4 sets x 10 reps, standing shoulder press with bar 4 sets x 15 reps, cable flyes 4 sets x 12 reps, and triceps dips 4 sets x 15 reps.  A pull day would be: deadlifts 4 sets x 10 reps, pull-ups 4 sets x 10 reps, bent over rows 4 sets x 15 reps, reverse cable flye 4 sets x 12 reps, and biceps curls with barbell 4 sets x 15 reps. On the last day I usually hit my calves, abdominals and whatever else is not sore in my body. This is usually just calves and abdominals as my whole body is constantly sore - but I love it!


A typical week consists of good wholesome foods. I try to keep everything organic. I purchase most of my produce from the farmers markets and if I was to go to a supermarket I would find all my food around the perimeter, not down the aisles. I have lots of protein in my diet from lean red meats, chicken, eggs and fish. I have good fats from coconut oil, avocado and nuts. I also have carbs which are fruit, oats, brown rice and sweet potato. I eat protein all day but am very picky when I have my fats and carbs and how much of them. I am constantly drinking water, “the way I see it if you want a flower to grow you need to water it”.  I think of my body like a flower - the body needs sun and water. I do take supplements consisting of vitamins, fish oil, protein supplements and green supplements. I am not big on enhancers as I believe your body can achieve the results you are looking for naturally. 


I have been competing in the International Natural Bodybuilding Association (INBA) for two years. I have been entering the Federations competitions every six months since I started. In my first competition in 2011 I came fifth in the Novice bodybuilding division for the Queensland title. This gave me the opportunity to qualify for the Universe Titles where I came fourth in Novice. Six months later I entered the Brisbane Classic Titles intermediate division where I came third and this qualified me for the nationals. This was a big event for me. I entered the open division and came second. The next competition was the Brisbane Classic. When I entered I tried something different after being dared to do both the bodybuilding and fitness model. I came third in the open men’s bodybuilding and won the fitness model division. I then went to Townsville for the Tropix competition and again entered both fitness and open. I came second in the open and won the fitness model category.  This gave me a new perspective on how I was going to approach bodybuilding and how I was going to make this sport versatile for myself and show others that it is possible to compete in both levels. I can still enjoy life doing what I love such as surfing, running and swimming and still be competitive in bodybuilding with a more aesthetic look rather than be big and bulky and struggle to move well.


I live and breathe fitness; it comes so naturally to me. The fact that I get to show people what I love really does not feel like work. I get to pick where I hold my sessions - outdoors if I want or just keep to the gym. There is no better feeling than helping someone to reach their goal. The satisfaction of seeing their faces when their goal is met or during their journey is amazing. The feeling of when the client puts all their trust in you makes you feel like you are really making a difference. 

If I had a client that wanted to just go into fitness modelling I would suggest they train like a bodybuilder would prepare themselves leading into a competition. Enjoy the whole experience and never give up. I have never given up and never will and am slowly making my way to the top. 




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