We can't be the only ones impressed with former TOWIE star Joey Essex's AMAZING abs

When we think of Joey Essex there are lots of things that come to mind – TOWIE, former on-off girlfriend Sam Faiers, his kind of awesome hair – but we’ve never really associated him with looking buff. UNTIL NOW.

Our jaws dropped when we saw Joey‘s latest Instagram snap. The 24-year-old Essex boy shows off some seriously AMAZING abs as he poses in just a pair of boxers, some shorts and, erm, socks (kind of ruined it with those, Joe, but we’ll let you off).

Joey holds his fingers in a circular shape and looks all serious and sexy in the black-and-white snap.

‘O,’ he captioned the incredible shot. Which is actually what we said when we saw it, funnily enough.

It seems we’re not the only ones blown away by Joey‘s fit new physique. Several fans were quick to comment on the reality star’s hotness in the photo, with one writing: ‘fine specimen of a man 😍😘’

‘Why is he so fitttttt😻,’ another asked. We really don’t know, Joey admirer, but he certainly is.

Joey‘s very toned bod is a totally different look to what we’re used to. The former TOWIE favourite has always had a rather skinny frame, particularly following his stint in the jungle for I’m A Celebrity back in 2013.

But it looks like he’s been working hard to get his impressive new figure. Just like week Joey posed for a snap with a boxer friend and seemed keen to build up his strength.

‘@OharaDavies1 and me in gym today. All get following 🙌 #Hardwork #Dedication,‘ he told his followers.

Joey has also been keeping active with lots of other pursuits. He joined Dermot O’Leary for a bit of boogying a couple of weeks ago during Dermot‘s Comic Relief dance challenge and proved his athletic ability by winning reality show The Jump in February.

After all that hard work, we don’t blame Joey for getting his buff bod out. In fact we quite welcome it…

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Anna Francis