Chris Bumstead Bares Open His Struggles That Held Him Back This Year, 24 Days Out of Mr. Olympia

Published 10/08/2023, 2:27 PM EDT

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The world of bodybuilding is, undoubtedly, one of dedication and discipline. Athletes dedicate countless hours, pouring in sweat and determination to stand tall on stages like Mr. Olympia. Among such athletes is Chris Bumstead, a name synonymous with bodybuilding excellence. Yet, behind the scenes, even champions like Bumstead struggle with personal challenges.

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In a recent video on his YouTube channel, Bumstead offered a candid look into the struggles he’s been facing this year. One particularly telling moment shows him rushing into the gym, his eyes darting at the clock, a palpable sense of stress in the air. It’s a scenario many of us find familiar, the weight of tasks and time bearing down, stirring feelings of anxiety.

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This year has proved especially challenging for Bumstead. “Stress Rush mode which is something that I’ve been stuck in a lot this year and it really held me back”. He admits to often finding himself trapped in this hurried state of mind, a relentless cycle that he believes impacted various facets of his life. His wife, Courtney Alexis, suggested a potential solution in the form of a book titled “The One Thing.” Although Bumstead hasn’t dived into its pages yet, he feels it echoes advice from his therapist: striving to be the best might come at the cost of other aspects of one’s life.

The pursuit of excellence, while commendable, can sometimes overshadow other equally important areas. Relationships, business, mental well-being–the pursuit of perfection often demands sacrifices. For Bumstead, this pursuit took a toll on his mental peace.

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However, the video wasn’t just about problems; it was also about solutions. Bumstead talked about a specific coping mechanism he’s developed. During heightened moments of stress, he feels his perspective narrowing, much like tunnel vision. “I’m looking through a tunnel like this and I’ve noticed something that helps me get out of that is physically opening up my sight of view and like slowing down, taking a breath looking around me.” This recognition of one’s mental state and the attempt to recalibrate it leads us to consider the broader aspects of an athlete’s life.

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Chris Bumstead: Beyond the physical

In our collective chase for perfection, we might forget the essence of well-being. However, Bumstead’s genuine revelations act as a gentle nudge, reminding us of the importance of mental balance. Beyond physical prowess and titles lies the importance of self-awareness and mental equilibrium. These are the real victories.

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Chris Bumstead’s candid revelations underscore the intricate balance between physical excellence and mental well-being. However, even champions face internal battles. As he preps for Mr. Olympia, his insights remind us that true strength often lies in acknowledging vulnerabilities and seeking growth beyond the spotlight.

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Taha Tariq

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Taha Tariq is a Bodybuilding writer at EssentiallySports. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from a premier University and brings with him prior experience in managing social media campaigns and conducting market research. Bodybuilding and MMA have always been of significant interest to Taha, inspiring him in his professional writing and personal fitness journey.
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