Chris Bumstead is one of the most successful bodybuilders in the industry. The 27-year-old rose to fame a few years back. Chris is the reigning Mr. Olympia Classic Physique, who won the competition consecutively for three years – 2019, 2020, and 2021. He was recognized as a bodybuilder in 2017 and 2018 as the runner-up in the same competition.

It was the beginning of Chris’s journey as a celebrated bodybuilder. Bumstead was famous for his eye-widening physique, which he achieved with immense dedication. In one of the interviews in 2017, he revealed the reason behind his motivation.


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Chris played multiple sports from a young age. It diverted him into bodybuilding. Moreover, he received more guidance when he met professional bodybuilder Iain Valliere, who was dating his sister. Valliere helped him to kickstart his bodybuilding career. Chris first appeared on stage in 2014 and has been unstoppable since then.

How did Chris Bumstead motivate himself in the gym?

Chris was 19 when he first appeared in IFBB’s bodybuilding competition. After multiple attempts, he won IFBB North American Bodybuilding Championship in 2016. This got him the pro card at the age of 21. In 2017, when Chris stood as a runner-up in the Classic Physique division, he rose to fame.

In the interview, he gave a very witty reply when he was asked what drove him to work out. At first, he answered the question seriously.

Chris said, “My motivation definitely comes from loving what I do. I have a strong passion for training and I love seeing how I can transform my body.” He then laughingly added, “Though sometimes for motivation, it doesn’t hurt to have a pretty girl in the gym.”

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Bumstead also threw light on his incredible quad development. He revealed that there was no secret to building quads for him. The bodybuilder prefers squats heavily and constantly. He has been practicing squats from a young age in school. Chris spent a lot of time strengthening his legs.

What type of workout worked best for Chris?


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In the interview, Chris also shared about his workout routine. He stated that he consistently focuses on a 5-day training split. Bumstead takes separate days to train his back, chest, hamstrings/glutes, shoulders, and quads. The bodybuilder also added, “People often ask what days I train certain body parts and my answer is I don’t. I have a 5-day rotation and rarely take days off unless I feel I need to.”


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