The reigning four-time Traditional Physique champ is taking his time getting again into the swing of issues.
In some methods, Chris Bumstead is perhaps at a crossroads in his skilled bodybuilding profession. After notching his fourth consecutive Classic Physique title on the 2022 Olympia —giving him extra championships than all different victors mixed within the historical past of the division that began in 2016 — Bumstead appeared to need to take a breather. In mid-January 2023, the athlete revealed he suffered a right biceps tear three days earlier than the Olympia and that it will take a while to recuperate correctly. Because the celebrity seems to be forward to the subsequent steps of his athletic journey, he gives a latest replace on his present standing.
On Jan. 23, 2023, Bumstead posted a video to his YouTube the place he grinds by a leg workout: one in all his first filmed classes of the brand new calendar yr. On the similar time, he disclosed what’s occurred along with his physique and training routine since tearing a biceps muscle.
Earlier than diving leg-first into his routine, Bumstead shared how he’s been recuperating within the roughly month since he prolonged his Traditional Physique reign and tore his proper biceps. The bodybuilder maintained that, other than giving some consideration to his legs sometimes, he hasn’t skilled often in roughly 5 weeks.
With the 2023 Mr. Olympia officially set for Nov. 3-5, 2023, in Orlando, FL, Bumstead seemed to be content material to take his time and never rush again full throttle.
“I’ve performed legs like as soon as a week-ish,” Bumstead famous. “Not working exhausting. So, I’m letting my physique recuperate proper now. However the Olympia is in 9 months.”
Along with taking it considerably straightforward within the gymnasium in the intervening time, Bumstead defined he’d gained roughly 12 kilos for the reason that 2022 Olympia. He weighed round 251 kilos when the video was recorded.
With extra element on his well being made clear, Bumstead powered by his leg coaching. (Notice: The athlete didn’t disclose particular units and repetitions for the entire totally different segments of his exercise.)
Leg Extension and Leg Press
To begin his session, Bumstead elected to do a superset of some leg extensions and a leg press. He carried out each actions unilaterally and handled them as a warm-up for his muscle tissues earlier than shifting to compound workouts.
Along with his warm-up out of the best way, Bumstead centered on a reasonably heavier leg press. The competitor maintained he didn’t need to push it an excessive amount of as he labored his method again into a top quality groove.
“… As a result of I don’t need to put plates on proper now,” Bumstead mentioned. “Partly as a result of my knees simply really feel unstable proper now, and I need to make sure that they’re equally sturdy.”
Within the “meat and potatoes” portion of his exercise, Bumstead applied some conventional back squats. The athlete appeared to have a single plate on all sides of his barbell for a warm-up earlier than slowly progressing his weight by a couple of extra units. As a better, Bumstead appeared to have two plates adorned on either side, which equals 225 kilos (assuming Bumstead used a regular 45-pound barbell.)
Strolling Dumbbell Lunge
As he began to wind down his leg session, Bumstead stored attacking his decrease physique with a couple of units of strolling dumbbell lunges. The athlete appeared to carry 70-pound dumbbells in every hand for everything of this portion.
Seated Calf Elevate
To complete off his exercise, Bumstead carried out seated calf raises. He appeared to have mounted two 45-pound plates to his machine for the respective units as he put a cap on the general session.
On the time of this writing, it’s obvious Bumstead will work to realize a fifth straight Traditional Physique Olympia title this coming November. Whereas bodybuilding legends like Samir Bannout have recommended the athlete ought to strive his hand at competing within the Males’s Open division — even as early as the 2023 Arnold Classic in March — Bumstead has beforehand clarified he wouldn’t contemplate a change till 2024 on the earliest. To not point out that shifting up a division would doubtlessly not be clever for somebody nonetheless recovering from an upper-body ailment.
Regardless of the close to and long-term future holds in retailer for Bumstead, it’s possible he’ll proceed sharing in-depth seems to be at what’s subsequent in his bodybuilding pursuits.
Featured picture: Chris Bumstead on YouTube