“F**King Groundhogs Day”: Chris Bumstead Opens up on the ‘Exhausting’ Nature of His Olympia Prep, as He Gears To Defend His Title for the 5th Time

The sport of bodybuilding is certainly not for the faint-hearted. It requires a lot of sacrifices from the athlete’s end, who often has to give up on their social life while being prepped. While many bodybuilders have discussed the mental challenges that they face during prep, the pressure becomes even more difficult to handle when you are already a four-time Classis Physique champion like Chris Bumstead. Currently reigning the Classic Physique, Chris Bumstead is looking forward to adding a fifth Olympia title under his belt. As he is getting ready for the show, he opens up about the mental barriers that he is facing while being on this year’s prep. 

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Chris Bumstead gives a mental health update

Training under the leadership of Hany Rambod, who is one of the best coaches in the realm of bodybuilding, Bumstead seems to be improving every year. 2022 was his first year working with Hany, and Chris Bumstead expressed his gratitude to his coach after winning his fourth title. Even though he’s all set to step on the stage, the 28-year-old admitted in a recent YouTube video that the preparation has been a bit overwhelming for him.


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Sharing a mental health update, he stated, “A fun little time at the end of prep but an exhausting time. F**king Groundhog Day. I go to bed, I’m like too tired to brush my teeth, I wake up and I’m like, “All right let’s do this again,” But it’s fun. Very enjoyable, very enjoyable, very rewarding.”

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He continued the video further by talking about his training style in the last few days of prep. Let’s take a look at how a champion trains before stepping on the stage.

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Bumstead gives insights into his back-day


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Even though the sport of bodybuilding heavily relies on training until failure by pushing in some extra reps, the last few days of prep can be exhausting for an athlete. Talking along the same lines, Chris Bumstead revealed in the video that even though he’s training hard, he’s avoiding any extra forced reps to ensure he stays injury-free. 

“But today’s back day…Kick my ass with these workouts but two weeks out, don’t really need to be killing in the forced reps right now…Now we’re just going to be pushing hard still, a little bit less forced reps, still going to failure, doing what I can.” Chris Bumstead revealed in the video. 


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We wish Bumstead all the best for his upcoming show. While he certainly is the fan favorite right now, only time will tell what it has planned for the bodybuilding legend. What are your predictions for this year’s Olympia? Let us know in the comments.

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