Canadian bodybuilder Chris Bumstead is easily one of the most popular contenders in the sport. What makes his success even more impressive is the fact that he doesn’t compete in the Men’s Open division, which generally serves as the main attraction of any event. In a recent episode of Prime Time Muscle, bodybuilding Hall of Famer Chris Cormier and Olympia judge Terrick El Guindy shared their thoughts on how Bumstead would fare if he switched divisions and voiced their support for him to receive an invitation to compete in the Open class at the Mr. Olympia competition.
Reigning four-time Classic Physique Olympia champion Chris Bumstead first gained attention for his impressive muscle mass, definition, and symmetry in 2017 when he took silver at Mr. Olympia. He fell short of former two-time champion Breon Ansley for the second time in 2018 before exacting revenge the following year in 2019 to win his maiden Sandow trophy. Once he reached the top, there was no stopping him as he racked up three successful title defenses.
Bumstead is coming off his fourth win at the 2022 Mr. Olympia last December. Following the victory, he announced his ambitions to win another title and opened up about finding his passion for bodybuilding again.
Four months ago, Bumstead gave his take on testing out the waters of the Men’s Open division. He expressed a desire to get a special invite and compete in the Open Arnold Classic contest on the condition that the event took place two or three weeks after Mr. Olympia.
Bumstead joined forces with Brazilian standout Ramon Rocha Queiroz for a heavy back training session earlier this year. Then, he teamed up with German sensation Urs Kalecinski for a sleeve-busting arms workout two weeks later.
‘CBum’ gave fans a look into his 3,500-calorie diet that he utilized in the 2023 off-season two months ago. He tipped the scales at 253 pounds and targeted adding more muscle mass to his frame. Then, Chris Bumstead showed off his massive back while crushing an intense upper-body workout. He later collaborated with seven-time 212 Olympia champion Flex Lewis for a taxing back training session.
Coach Hany Rambod wants Bumstead to bulk up to 255-258 pounds by the time off-season rolls out to start gearing up for the 2023 Mr. Olympia.
Olympia judge breaks down Chris Bumstead’s chances in the Men’s Open class
Olympia judge Terrick El Guindy shared his thoughts on how Chris Bumstead would look competing against the mass monsters of the Men’s Open division.
El Guindy lauded Bumstead for his mindset and believes he won’t aim for an extended run in the Open category.
“Chris Bumstead lives on his own pace,” said El Guindy. “He will not do anything to prove anything to anybody. If Chris Bumstead gets married and has two kids, looks at his wife and says I’m done, and everybody thinks he’s going to win the Mr. Olympia, he’s done. I give him a lot of credit because he’s a free-spirited guy who’s not going to be swayed by money or titles.
“If he does an Open bodybuilding show, I believe it’s going to be for fun. I think he’s going to give his best but I don’t think he’ll do on our terms he will do on his terms. He could very well show up at a show in Texas, here and there.
“Do I think that’s his career? I personally don’t. I don’t think Chris Bumstead will be known as an Open bodybuilder when he retires even if he competes. His legacy will be as the greatest Classic Physique of all time.”
Chris Cormier & El Guindy want ‘CBum’ to get an invitation
Chris Cormier and El Guindy extended their support for ‘CBum’ to receive an invitation for participating as an Open athlete.
“There’s some poses we would be dying to see Chris Bumstead up there against some of the top guys hitting the front lat spread, side chest, ab and thing, and such like that,” Cormier said. “Maybe even start just like Derek did. Go to Pittsburgh, try your luck on stage and see how you fare and just take it from there.
“Yeah I would give [Bumstead an invitation],” added Cormier. “He’s the most popular bodybuilder we have in the sport.”
El Guindy said, “If Derek got an invitation, Chris Bumstead should get one in my personal opinion, I’m not a decision maker.”
Chris Bumstead reflected on his partnership with former coach and Men’s Open standout Iain Valliere about two weeks ago. He credited Valliere for helping him stay healthy and succeed at a young age without using heavy amounts of steroids.
Even though Cbum competes in the Classic Physique division, his impact on the Open class is undeniable. Recently, 1990s bodybuilding veteran Kevin Levrone argued that Bumstead’s efforts have resulted in a new era of aesthetics in Open bodybuilding.
IFBB Pro League athletes’ representative Bob Cicherillo weighed in on Bumstead’s chances in the Open class and backed him to present a challenge against the likes of former two-time Mr. Olympia Mamdouh ‘Big Ramy’ Elssbiay, Samson Dauda, and Nick Walker if he added 15 to 20 pounds.