Chris Bumstead’s Off-Season Training: Working Toward a 5th Olympia Title
Chris Bumstead, the reigning four-time Classic Physique Olympia champion, is ready to start his off-season training. Taking a break from his usual 5000 calories per day diet, he has reduced it to 3500 calories per day. Bumstead uploaded a video to his YouTube channel showing what he ate throughout the day to mark the beginning of his bulk.
His bulking diet consists of 3508 calories over the course of five meals, including his supplement stack. At the time the video was filmed, he said he weighed 250 pounds. The 2023 Olympia will take place in Orlando from Nov. 2-5 and Bumstead will prepare to compete for his fifth consecutive Olympia title in the Classic Physique division.
On February 11th, 2023, Chris Bumstead uploaded a video to his YouTube channel. This video primarily focused on him updating his fans about the injury he suffered during the 2022 Olympia weekend. This was his first biceps workout since the incident occurred. “I’m more relay it on biceps, I’m not late on everything. Honestly, because…I do shoulder day or chest day I get so sore right now.”
Prior to beginning his workout, Bumstead completed an off-camera warm-up that was not specified. Afterwards, he moved to the bench press station for a few sets of close-grip exercises. He stated that he is only pushing his biceps to around “70 or 80 percent of failure,” in order to prevent exacerbating his injury. Here are the exercises Bumstead performed on camera: Close Grip Barbell Bench Press, Cable Curls, Machine Overhead Triceps Extension, Machine Preacher Curls and Dumbbell Hammer Curls.
Bumstead is taking this time to build a strong mind-muscle connection and is approaching the training with extreme caution. He is focusing on building his strength and muscles without aggravating the bicep injury. He does not have any pain in the torn bicep as of now. If he starts experiencing any pain, Bumstead will have to get himself checked and slow down a little bit in the gym.
Following the workout session, Bumstead heads back home and prepares his first meal of the day.
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