Classic physical talent Chris Bumstead is preparing to begin preparations for 2022 Mr. Olympia. Before starting his bodybuilding season, Bumstead states that a “very low dose” cycle helped him look much better, as well as preserve his health.
Bumstead, a three-time Classic Physique Olympia champion, is widely regarded as one of the sport’s biggest stars. His blend of size and aesthetics makes him incredibly difficult to tackle on stage. The jaw-dropping packages he continues to bring to Olympia are no accident, he meticulously plans his health, training, and overall preparation during each year he has taken part in bodybuilding.
When it comes to diet, “C-Bum” doesn’t cut corners. The accredited professional described the 5,000-calorie bulking diet he takes in during the off-season. Diets and supplementation have become increasingly important in sports as athletes continue to learn and develop new strategies to push their bodies to the limit. Of course, IFBB Pro League bodybuilders also use PEDs. The use / abuse of these compounds has triggered many major voices in sport to address related concerns such as infertility, health problems and death.
With his accolades, Bumstead has become an ambassador for the sport of bodybuilding. The Canadian native insists, especially in today’s climate, that athletes in the sport should focus on getting the most out of each compound they use. Although Bumstead didn’t specify the exact PEDs in his cycle, the Classic Physique champion had a lot to say on the matter.
Chris Bumstead proposes lighter cycles to bodybuilders: “If you have no health, you have nothing”
Before starting a workout, Bumstead talked about his steroid use. The active practitioner indicated that his “supplements” were “very low” this year, but he did not want to go into details.
“My ‘supplements’ have been very low this year. I’m trying not to say specific words because I don’t like talking about them because people take things and use them, and copy them, and I don’t want that to be the point.
But the point I’d like to say is getting the most out of the least is something all bodybuilders should try to do. I had 14 months in between olympics and a weight limit that I don’t have to do, so I really focused on my health. Bumstead said.
The 27-year-old said he is currently taking 200mg of testosterone per week. Like the intensity of his off-season training, Bumstead plans to do a heavier cycle once he knows his health is in order this year. Also, Bumstead made it clear that once a year he gets out of period completely.
“So, I’ve been… like I said, at very low doses on my supplements that I was doing. After this, if I am healthy, I will climb a little more. Ugh, I hate talking about it because I don’t want to say things because I don’t want people to. But the numbers are around 200 that I have done and take off completely once a year.
So, I took a very low dose, 200 [migs] a week. Then, after that, I’ll go up to maybe 500, and that will be my low season peak. With this, my body can easily get to 265lbs if I train and eat perfectly. Bumstead shared.
Above all, Bumstead believes that health must come first. If a bodybuilder is pushing gear but isn’t training or eating a proper diet, Bumstead says it’s a waste of time for the athlete in question.
“Again, this is the emphasis I want to put a lot of things on right now, number one: being healthy. Obtain blood analysis done and find a doctor to help you do things as appropriately and effectively as possible so that you are not stupid. Number two, as a bodybuilder, does the basics first and foremost. Make sure your training and eating are perfect before adding “supplements” to the mix as it is literally useless. You don’t get the same thing out of that shit as you do in training, and I’ve proven it to myself.
While he was running four or five different compounds at the same time when he started playing the sport, times have changed and Bumstead has proved to himself that more doesn’t always mean bigger and better muscles.
When I was young, I did a typical cycle that most bodybuilders did. Still very low amounts but a typical amount of compounds, four or five compounds during one preparation. And now I’m down to one or two. I have decreased everything and I am much better because I was more efficient. Older now, more muscle maturity, but I also focused on being all year on my diet, on mine trainingon my health, everything perfectly.
And it has allowed me, hopefully, to extend my career further which should have been given the fact that I already have an autoimmune disease and the fact that every year I have become healthier with a health condition since 2018, is proof that it has worked. I also won three Olympics with the minimum ‘supplements‘compared to myself in the past and what I like to assume compared to most of the people I am against. “
Before wrapping up the important discussion, Bumstead pleaded with other bodybuilders in the sport, “if you want to use ‘supplements’ wait until the last possible minute”. Some of these compounds can cause irreversible health consequences. For “C-Bum,” the long-lasting negative effects of these drugs aren’t worth it, especially when bodybuilders push excessive amounts of gear and still don’t reach the top of the sport.
“I just really want to point out that anyone starting to get into bodybuilding focuses on the basics and texture of food and training before anything, because that’s all that matters. If you want to use ‘supplements’, wait until the last possible minute if you want to do so even just because it can have lasting negative effects on your fertility, your sex, your libido, your hormonesskin, acne, everything.
What are you doing this for? You are about to win the Olympia? Probably not. Sorry. Only very few people, one a year, so you probably won’t. Just don’t screw up your shit. Don’t be an idiot. If you love to work out, look for other things like natural supplements. Bumstead added.
“Bodybuilding is a potentially very dangerous sport and I think people should like it safely and as effectively as possible. explains Bumstead. “If you don’t have your health, you have nothing. “
After the monologue, reigning champion Classic Physique got busy with a challenging hamstring workout and some back workout at the gym. From hamstring curls to Romanian deadlifts with Smith’s machine deficit, Bumstead is attacking his off-season training in a complete way. He still has about six months left to take Las Vegas by storm, and judging by all the updates via social media, his preparation is going accordingly.
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Health is wealth for Bumstead and the practitioner plans to show how effective it can be against the best in the world by using a gradual degrowth cycle. Whether it’s diet, training, supplementation or cycles, Bumstead applies what it has learned and plans to take its best package to the Olympia 2022 stage this winter.