Chris Bumstead is heading into the new year with a desire to improve himself mentally and physically. In a recent YouTube video, Bumstead shared the secrets to his ongoing motivation, emphasizing the significance of setting goals and a consistent routine.
“It all comes back to a lack of humility, the more humble you are, the more you’re willing to work for something, the more you’re willing to learn. I just think it’s one of the best traits to have to continue any form of improvement, especially self-improvement.”
Chris Bumstead has faced numerous obstacles on his way to cementing his legacy. From revealing that he suffered a lat tear during his 2023 Olympia prep to announcing he is expecting his first child with Courtney King, Bumstead is a man on a mission. As someone who is constantly looking to challenge themselves, Cbum is once again aiming to improve in 2024.
After securing his fifth Classic Physique Olympia title, Cbum took a temporary hiatus from the gym to undergo a hair transplant. Now, rejuvenated and ready to resume training, he is gearing up for a comeback. To ease back into his workout routine, Bumstead has introduced a ‘push-pull-legs-style’ training split, which he intends to incorporate into his three to four weekly workouts.
As Chris Bumstead strives for personal growth, he has openly shared insights into the evolution of Classic Physique. Setting the standard for the division, he finds himself in a continual struggle to surpass his achievements. Holding the title of Classic Physique Olympia champion, Bumstead acknowledges the challenges that come with being a reigning titleholder, expressing the weight and difficulty he feels in maintaining that status.
Regardless of the mental strain bodybuilding has put on Chris Bumstead, he continues to stay humble and push forward becoming a better version of himself each time he steps on the stage. This can be attributed to the fact that Bumstead needs resistance to grow.
Chris Bumstead Gives His Outlook On The Challenges of Bodybuilding
In a recent YouTube video, Chris Bumstead discussed his goals for 2024 and the challenges that will come with this new season. While it won’t be easy, Cbum looks at these trials as a way to improve himself physically and mentally.
“What comes into my mind first is the challenge it [bodybuilding] puts on me, the challenge to continuously keep getting better, find new ways to stay motivated. Find new ways to be more consistent and that goal is to keep pushing something better and better.”
“It’s just like a physical goal that I can chase that makes me internally and mentally a better person as well. It’s a physical goal as I keep chasing and pushing and winning more Olympias, putting on more muscles, getting a better physique, and stuff it comes with all these mental challenges that force me into these situations that are really difficult. I think putting yourself in difficult situations is the way you become stronger and better in many aspects of life.”
Chris Bumstead also addressed his ability to be confident on stage, or lack thereof since he shared that it took until his fourth title win to believe he couldn’t be beat.
“I’m not always confident. I definitely haven’t always been confident. I had to earn the confidence that I do have. Like the first three Olympias and 10 shows before that, whenever I got on stage I was like super nervous didn’t feel confident in myself” Bumstead said.
“I didn’t really believe I was going to win the Olympia, honestly, it wasn’t really till the last two Olympia where in my mind, I’m like I’m going to win this one.
This is mine. No one is going to beat me. It took me four titles to really feel like that. This year was the first time I ever said it out loud.”
Chris Bumstead Talks Biggest Challenges in Bodybuilding + Shares How He Keeps Himself Motivated
Becoming a five-time Classic Physique champion doesn’t happen over night. Bumstead had to remain dedicated and make sacrifices to become the bodybuilder he is today. One of the biggest changes he made was giving up alcohol.
“Stopping drinking. It was more so just a complete lifestyle change I made in my life where I used to party go out and eat bad, XYZ, then all of a sudden I just switched to being full-bodybuilder mode.”
“The biggest thing I really cut out was drinking. I used to drink quite a bit, like 2-3 times a week when I was in college. While I was still able to make gains and progress obviously with drinking, you’re not eating that whole night and you’re clogging up your liver, so your ability to burn fat through your liver is slowing down.”
“You’re hungover the next day or two days depending on how much you drank. Your workouts are suffering, your recovery is suffering, everything is just off.”
Lastly, Chris Bumstead acknowledged that there are bad days, when working out and eating good are the last thing he wants to do.
“Structured routines is something that pops in my mind as very helpful [for discipline]. This year when I was really struggling at the part where I tore my lat and I had to keep my discipline and keep locked in.”
His way of combatting those low moments is with his strict routine which eventually becomes systematic.
“Wake up at the same time every day, do your cardio the same time every day, breakfast, everything into a complete routine so on those days where you feel like you really don’t want to do it, you don’t want to do fuckin cardio, you don’t want to train, whatever, it just doesn’t matter, because it’s a part of your routine you just become a robot and do it without even thinking. Just run through the days and get through it the best you possibly can.”
Year to year, Chris Bumstead appears to only be improving, but there are definitely top-tier contenders eager to take him out. Most notably, Brazilian star and reigning 2023 Arnold Classic champion Ramon Rocha Queiroz and Germany’s Urs Kalecinski are waiting in the wings hoping to steal the Classic Physique Olympia crown.
The highly anticipated 60th anniversary of Mr. Olympia takes place October 10-13. The Las Vegas Convention Center will welcome the best bodybuilders from around the world, who will vie for the sport’s ultimate prize.