Defying the odds, Bumstead managed to win the 2022 Olympia Classic Physique title with a torn bicep. This year, the competition was closer, with contenders Urs Kalecinski and Ramon Queiroz pushing Bumstead. However, ‘Cbum’s’ muscle hardness, density, and conditioning were enough to clinch him the win. In his victory speech, Bumstead revealed he suffered a lat tear during his prep.
Having teased retirement in the past, fans are curious if Bumstead will stick around or exit the sport as a wealthy entrepreneur and content creator. Shedding some light on his future, Bumstead opened up on a myriad of topics below.
Chris Bumstead Talks Legacy, Classic Physique’s Growth, & Biggest Rivals
“I mean, the entire division is a whole new division. Like you said if you look back at Danny Hester, the first Classic Physique Mr. Olympia till now, it’s crazy. One of the most challenging things about being a champion is that you’re not chasing anything or anyone.There’s no goal you’re looking towards. So when I won in 2019 I was the best at the time but if I looked like I did in 2019 I would have lost the following four Olympias. I had to keep improving. The only way to do that at the top is by beating yourself. There’s no goal that you’re chasing you have to create what other people are chasing,” explains Bumstead.
“In 2019 when I said I wanted to set the standard, I believe I did that but I wasn’t done. I have to keep setting my own standards and beating myself every single year to keep evolving.People have been chasing on my heels for the last five years and it hasn’t been easy. As you can see people like Ramon, Urs, even Breon is in the top five after six years.”“At the end of the day, I have to keep beating myself and paving the path forward.”
“I would probably say the number one rival who pushed me at the beginning of my career was Breon. He’s the guy who beat me twice at the Olympia and the third time I was like fuck that this guy is not beating me for a third time, he’s done.That was one of those things where he brought out a lot of the weak points in my physique. He was shorter than me and had a strong back and strong arms. He had more width than I did. I was like alright, if these are all my weak points and this is where he’s beating me, I have to make these strong points.Now, from the side, my arms have improved but my back has come up a lot. My side chest one of my strongest poses, which used to be one of my weakest. Him pointing out my flaws and showing me where I need to improve on really pushed me to be better,” said Bumstead.
“The most gratitude I feel in my heart comes from people who have mentally shifted their lives. I know a lot of bodybuilders get into the gym because they are depressed, anxious, or they are a little insecure and the gym is a place where they can feel confident and build that confidence.”“I would say [my humbleness] it’s a perfect combination of the way I was raised. I had two amazing parents who never gave a fuck about status or money or success they just wanted me to be a good human being and they taught me to be as such. And that is one of my biggest values. I surround myself with good people who value me for who I am as a person rather than my success as a bodybuilder.”
Bumstead Addresses Fake Twitter Account: “I’m Not On Twitter”
“I’m not on Twitter. I actually tried to report that account. There’s a Twitter account with 500,000 followers and it’s not me.I’m like damn that’s a lot of power, they can say anything and people will think it’s me. I tried reporting them and Twitter won’t let me take them down.”
“If you can think of it, I’ve probably thought of it. I’ve thought of more businesses, more shows, more competitions, more everything, I’ve thought of it. I might do it all. But the biggest thing that drives me right now is my excitement to be a father.”“I want to leverage my platform, but I want to leverage it as best as possible to try to give back to the community that helped me and to the community that has taught me so much mentally. I want to find a way I can express and share a lot of the knowledge I have received that have made me so much more happy and present.”