“I Have Fears and I Am Afraid of…”: 4x Mr. Olympia, Chris Bumstead, Makes a Startling Revelation About Himself

Published 03/21/2023, 7:30 AM EDT

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Apart from conquering the Mr. Olympia Classic Physique stage for years, Chris Bumstead’s off-field authenticity has left fans hooked. In a recent interview with journalist, Ashley B Nevel, the bodybuilder opened up about presenting his true self in front of the world. He also shed light on his fears, which often take over his guts ahead of competing. 

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Despite his notable wins, Cbum revealed that he often grapples with confidence. Unlike other athletes in the domain, he does not shy away from expressing his concerns publicly. He seeks to give the fans what is real, instead of a made-up hardcore impression. 

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As per the interview on YouTube, the Canadian pro got candid and disclosed that he opts to remain open about his ups and downs to his fans. “I have like fears, and I’m afraid of losing sometimes. I’m afraid of what’s gonna happen to me,” he admitted. Additionally, Bumstead also spoke about his confidence claiming he never aligns with the “hardcore winning mindset” that other competitors resort to. 

“I’m not always confident, and I don’t ever pretend to be. I like present that I’m human, I go through ups and downs sometimes,” Cbum said. Moreover, showing his real and anxious self to the world, is what he is fond of. “I have anxieties and fears about what I’m doing even though I’ve won four times…I’m like it’s still scary, now there’s more expectation on me,” the 28-year-old icon added. 

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Besides that, Cbum intends to present himself as real and human as possible. He indicated that he is not different from most people and has his moments of self-doubt. Hence, the 4x Classic Physique winner acknowledged, “I think I do a good job for people who follow me online and stuff… presenting an honest true self of who I am.” Likewise, he once talked about his darkest phase prior to winning consecutive titles. 

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Speaking in a YouTube video once, the 264-lbs star shared that he was diagnosed with IgA disease, 5 years ago. The condition resulted in his kidney dysfunction and sudden weight gain. His training regimen was also hindered, and Cbum struggled with his physique then. The autoimmune disease spiraled his Mr. Olympia expectations as he drowned in poor self-esteem. “I was literally ashamed of myself. When I looked in the mirror I was so discouraged every day,” he revealed. 

Apparently, routine examinations declared that his blood and urine had excessive amounts of creatine and protein. His body retained more water than usual, specifically in his ankles and shin areas. Thus, adding to his bodily struggles. Despite all the hurdles, Bumstead resisted and prevailed gloriously.

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The prior health concerns have played a major role in Bumstead’s road to self-acceptance. Therefore, he tries to deliver the same in his social media content. The bodybuilding community can’t help but bow down to the star for his impressive humility. What did you think of his revelations? Let us know in the comments. 

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Tiyasa Biswas

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Tiyasa is a US Sports author for Essentially Sports. She charts her journey in the sporting world right from her childhood. A basketball player all through her high school and college days, Tiyasa looks up to Michael Jordan as her idol, and reveres the Mamba Mindset.
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