The expiration date on Chris Bumstead‘s bodybuilding career is ticking away as he once again contemplates retirement. In a clip shared by the Flowpdc Instagram account, Bumstead reflected on his achievements and revealed that he doesn’t plan to compete past 30 years old.
Since 2019, Chris Bumstead’s grip on the Classic Physique category has been undeniable. His combination of muscle volume, stature, and dry conditioning turned him into a long-standing champion, having successfully collected a total of five Classic Physique Olympia titles.
Considering his dominance, some prominent voices of the sport like Shawn Ray believe it’s time Bumstead move into the Men’s Open class. While Bumstead had teased a possible one-off in the no-holds-barred division, it has yet to materialize. Ahead of his potential hunt for a sixth Classic Physique Olympia title, Bumstead discussed his future in the sport.
Chris Bumstead Sets Sights on Retirement in 2 Years, ’30 Would Be The Oldest I Ever Go To’
Below, you can find Chris Bumstead’s thoughts on his career and his plans to retire at 30 years old.
“Do you see yourself competing for a very long time still?”
“I always said 30 would be the oldest I ever go to. That’s what I said my whole career and I still feel the same. I’ve never been someone who wanted to do it for very long.
I’m lucky I became successful at a very young age so now that I’m only 28 years old and I’ve already won five times I already had a more successful career than I ever imagined. So everything here is bonus points for me,” shared Chris Bumstead.
On his way to securing the 2023 Olympia victory, Bumstead’s road to success was littered with obstacles. His brother-in-law Iain Valliere, a former Men’s Open competitor, suddenly retired from the sport. Then, during ‘Cbum’s’ winning speech on stage, he revealed he was tasked with overcoming a lat tear. Making matters even more complicated, Bumstead and Courtney King announced that they were expecting their first child.
While Urs Kalecinski and Ramon Rocha Queiroz would surely benefit in Bumstead’s absence, that won’t be the case this year. The reigning Classic Physique Olympia has already invited fans on his off-season grocery haul, where he also gave a sneak peek into his new ‘push-pull-legs-style’ workout split.
From training, and nutrition, to recovery, Chris Bumstead is making use of any resource possible ahead of his next bodybuilding endeavor. He recently underwent a stem cell operation for kidney regeneration by Dr. Khan, who described the procedure as a preventive measure.
With steady reminders of Chris Bumstead’s eventual retirement, who knows how his exit from the category will affect the landscape? However, for now, Bumstead has no intention of surrendering the throne quietly when 2024 Mr. Olympia returns from October 10-13 in Las Vegas, Nevada.