Days After Giving Fans a Mini Heart Attack, Scared Chris Bumstead Shares Alarming Health Update: “Want to Be Able to Walk When I’m Older”

Published 09/09/2023, 1:45 PM EDT

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Old age is something that everyone is concerned about. Even strong and herculean bodybuilders like Chris Bumstead think about the consequences of old age when the body might not be able to take the weights of gym instruments anymore. The 4-time Mr. Olympia Classic Physique winner does not compromise on health since he already has an autoimmune disease related to his kidney. Apart from that, his career in bodybuilding is dependent on his health. In recent times, CBum seemed concerned about his old age, especially after the announcement his coach and brother-in-law made.

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Bumstead, who had also given a mini heart attack to his fans a few days ago, revealed another concerning aspect about growing old and why one needed to be healthy in the long run.

Chris Bumstead fears the inevitable

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The 2023 Mr. Olympia is just around the corner, and Bumstead is gearing up to win his 5th title. However, he seems to be on a stormy emotional rollercoaster about his career and old age. Just days ago, he scared the bodybuilding community with his Instagram post hinting at his retirement plans. Now, in a recent YouTube video showcasing his chest day, Bumstead talks about his fear of becoming older. While working out in his new gym, which he has temporarily named ‘Bum Lifting Club,’ the bodybuilder spoke about the sweltering heat due to not having an AC yet.

While Bumstead was busy doing some cable pulls and bench pressing, he spoke about increasing his rep range from 6 -10 to 12-15 to keep his joints healthy. Before revealing his rep range, he talked about his concern, saying, “Trying to up my volume recently, just to push a little more volume to keep my body healthy. It kind of pushes a little bit more calories, too. But it’s also kind of getting into that age where I can’t keep fu*** machine squatting like thick plates. My knees are getting just too beat up and I wanna be able to walk when I’m older.”

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So, Bumstead is increasing his rep range along with weights to prepare his body for old age. The bodybuilder also revealed that it is more about the mental game and keeping his consistency with bodybuilding. CBum’s fear of old age might have been triggered by the sad news from his brother-in-law and former coach.

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CBum receives a piece of sad news about Iain Valliere

Valliere, who was Bumstead’s coach and an IFBB pro himself, recently announced his retirement from competing on stage. The 32-year-old posted a marvelous collage on Instagram with the words “END OF AN ERA.” He also uploaded an emotional YouTube video moments later.

Bumstead was devastated but penned a heartfelt note for his former coach and brother-in-law. He said, “Wouldn’t be where I am or who I am without you brother. Proud of your career and this decision.”

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With all the speculations about retirement and old age, fans might be worried, but at least CBum will compete in the 2023 Olympia. Are you looking forward to it? Let us know.

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Tanushree Bhowmick

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Tanushree Bhowmick is a Bodybuilding writer at EssentiallySports. She holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature from an eminent university. Gymnastics, Football, and Fitness have always intrigued Tanushree and inspired her in her professional writing career and lifestyle.
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