“That’s a Million Dollar Question”: 28-Year-Old Chris Bumstead Answers How Long He’ll Be Sticking to Professional Bodybuilding

Published 04/19/2023, 9:15 AM EDT

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Four-time Mr.Olympia Classic Physique champion Chris Bumstead has been dominating the category since 2019. The 28-year-old’s dedication has made him a favorite in the bodybuilding industry, making it tough for fans to guess whether there ever will be someone to replace him. Chris Bumstead will retire when he decides he’s ready, but he does have an age in mind. Before that though, he has no intentions to hand over the title so easily.

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On April 18, Chris Bumstead appeared in a candid interview with ‘Don’t Be Sour’ on YouTube. The 28-year-old talked about his preparation to win the Classic Physique, the fifth time in a row in 2023. C’Bum also took the elephant in the room head-on.

Chris Bumstead’s retirement plans

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During the interview, C’Bum was asked by host Maxx Chewning, “When are you done ?” He replied that although “that’s a million dollar question”, he presently has no definite answer. However, he will hand over the trophy when he is ready. Bumstead began to express that he definitely has a goal to retire after reaching the top. He wants to exit by choice while having a lot more potential in him. The bodybuilder desires to stay healthy even after retirement and actively take part in the next chapter of his life.

Further, Bumstead expressed that he often tells his fiancé Courtney King that he concentrates on “one year at a time” and does not ponder about what would happen in the following years. He also revealed that he has certain health issues for which he routinely gets checked up. So if someday he encounters a condition that is out of his control, then he may retire. Keeping this thought in mind, Bumstead concentrates on one Mr.Olympia at a time.

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Lastly, he stated the age that he is looking at retirement, “ if I feel good, I’m healthy, I’m still loving what I do and I’m excited for another one, I’ll do another one but I don’t think I’m gonna go much past the age of like 30.”

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This is not the first time Chris Bumstead has hinted at his retirement. A few months back, he revealed his exit plans to coach Hany Rambod.

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C’Bum prioritising health

Last year, when Chris Bumstead won his Classic Physique for the fourth time, fans assumed that he might have retired. In fact, the bodybuilder himself joked about losing significant weight and not looking like a professional bodybuilder. Hence, to calm his retirement rumors, Bumstead opened up on it in a podcast with coach Hany Rambod.

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Bumstead stated, “My honest answer is one more because last year I thought this might be my last one… if my health isn’t there, if I’m feeling too stressful, why am I doing this?” He explained that he does not want to pursue something he loves while getting stressed out and making his body suffer. The 28-year-old is highly conscious of his health as he suffers from an autoimmune kidney disorder called IGA Nephropathy. It causes swelling in the patient’s kidneys, legs, back, and stomach. C’Bum’s health conditions are the major reason he is extra conscious about his retirement. However, he wishes to exit while still being on top.

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