Bumstead has his eye on bodybuilding’s grand prize alone.
After winning his fourth consecutive Classic Physique Olympia title in December 2022, members of the bodybuilding world have speculated about Chris Bumstead’s future. Whereas the bodybuilder has beforehand alluded to plans to proceed his Olympia dynasty — after he recovers from a torn right biceps muscle — legends akin to 1983 Mr. Olympia Samir Bannout have advocated for Bumstead trying his hand in the Men’s Open division at the 2023 Arnold Classic (AC) this March. As rumors swirl about what’s subsequent for the 27-year-old celebrity, Bumstead was not too long ago a bit extra frank relating to his profession targets.
On Jan. 27, 2023, Bumstead posted a video to his YouTube channel the place he made an effort to stipulate his current aggressive mindset. Within the course of, earlier than he even considers a division change or showing in contests, the athlete maintained that his mission for the foreseeable future is including extra Olympia titles to his trophy case.
Regardless of his dominance within the Traditional Physique division, Bumstead doesn’t really feel like he’s a category above his friends. In accordance with the athlete, his present schedule permits him to go full throttle for restoration and subsequent Olympia training. That, in flip, affords him the benefit he feels is required to get Olympia wins.
Whereas if Bumstead had been to place himself on the market for a contest just like the AC, he famous it will disrupt the profitable rhythm he’s established.
” … As a result of I gained the Olympia, I qualify [to compete in the Olympia contest] for all times,” Bumstead defined. “I feel that places me at an enormous benefit as a result of I can then take three months off [post-Olympia] to essentially give my physique a break, recuperate and loosen up, after which I can get into my low season, slowly ease into it and make the adjustments and growth that I have to, and then I can begin prep. Then, I don’t have to fret about different exhibits in between.”
If Bumstead ever labored for a strong exhibiting on the AC, it will cut back his restoration time and doubtlessly hamper his Olympia probabilities. The athlete would solely actually have roughly one month of relaxation after the AC earlier than leaping again into Olympia-focused coaching and nutritional plans.
Till additional discover, that doesn’t look like a sacrifice Bumstead is keen to make. He’s concerned in his bodybuilding endeavors to create an Olympia legacy alone.
“[Doing the AC] would give me a month to recuperate, a month low season, after which I’d be right into a three-month prep [for the Olympia]. I might simply be in that cycle super-quick with no downtime, and I really need my physique to remain younger, rested, and youthful,” Bumstead elaborated. “I don’t need to begin trying previous, drained, beat-up, and injured on stage. All I need to do is win Olympias. That’s the legacy I’m attempting to construct proper now. The Arnold [Classic] just isn’t my precedence.”
For what is likely to be the primary time in 2023, Bumstead has made his upcoming journey explicitly clear. He needs to increase his reign on the high of the Traditional Physique division, with any non-Olympia ambitions being unimportant. For Bumstead, it seems that he needs to proceed meticulously refining and sprucing the aggressive plan that’s been proven to work.
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