Chris Bumstead Workout and Diet
Canadian-born Chris Bumstead was always active as a child and played numerous sports, including football, basketball, and track and field. He also trained at the gym on his own time. His sister’s then-boyfriend and now husband Iain Valliere turned him on to bodybuilding and Bumstead began competing in 2014. He earned his pro card in 2016 after winning the IFBB Bodybuilding Heavyweight Championship at age 21. Bumstead has since switched to the Classic division as he prefers symmetry to hulking size. Bumstead has his own line of supplements called Jacked Factory. He has millions of followers on social media. Bumstead is 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs 215 lbs.
Chris Bumstead’s Diet
Like most bodybuilders, Bumstead takes his diet seriously, but this was not always the case. Once upon a time, he would eat anything he could get his hands on. But being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called IGA Neuropathy forced him to look more closely at his habits and he now eats very clean. He has 5 meals a day and tracks his macros. Food choices are classics like chicken breast, eggs, oatmeal, and sweet potatoes. When he’s in a bulking phase, he’ll up all of macros, and add some items such as bananas and avocados along with a protein shake. Bumstead tends to avoid dairy and use replacements like almond milk.
- Medium Carb 30% 30%
- Medium Fat 30% 30%
- High Protein 60% 60%
Bumstead eats every few hours throughout the day. He can easily consume 1,000 calories at breakfast, and might include scrambled eggs, 3 packets of oatmeal, a banana, peanut butter, and a protein shake.
One of Bumstead’s breakfast faves is protein pancakes made from whole eggs, whey protein, banana, oats, and almond milk, along with glutamine for extra oomph.
Bumstead eats grilled chicken or ground turkey at every meal except his first one, and sometimes he’ll even have it for breakfast.
Carbs Aren’t Bad
Bumstead eats oatmeal, rice, bread, bananas, and sweet potatoes. When eating carbs, it’s important to pick ones that contain nutrition and not just empty calories.
Watch the Sauces
Bumstead has non-fat dressing on his salads. Sauces are notorious for hidden sugars, hydrogenated fats, and calories.
Sweet & Salty Treats
When Bumstead is bulking, he’ll go for things like sweet potato fries. As for his peanut butter, he likes it smooth.
What to Eat
Whey Protein Shakes
What to Avoid
Bumstead on Eggs
‘Scrambled eggs taste way better with a higher percentage of whole eggs.’
Bumstead on His Chocolate Protein Shake
‘Probably the best part of breakfast.’
Bumstead on Crunchy vs. Smooth Peanut Butter
‘It’s just not the same.’
Chris Bumstead’s Workout Routine
Do What You Do Best
Although Bumstead played a lot of sports in his youth, what he really enjoyed was working out at the gym.
Proper Warm Up
Bumstead says it’s essential to warm up your muscles before diving into your workout. He doesn’t do a set number of warm ups; he just works until his body feels loose and limber.
Bumstead does exercises in a specific order to maximize growth and minimize the risk of injury.
Bumstead likes compound moves because they work multiple muscle groups and make you stronger and more massive.
Bumstead works out 5 days a week and takes 2 days off to recover. He used to follow the ‘bro split’ routine of concentrating on 1 body part per day, but now he hits them twice a week because research shows muscles grow better that way.
Mix It Up
Bumstead uses a mix of dumbbells, barbells, and machines to help keep his body guessing.
Bumstead says he contracts his pectoral muscles with each move for maximum growth and to build a massive chest.
Control Is Key
Bumstead says the way you release the weight is just as important as being able to lift it. When you control it all the way through, you get that much stronger.
A Chris Bumstead Bro Split Routine
Flat bench press: 6-12 reps x 5 sets
Incline bench press: 10-12 reps x 5 sets
Incline cable fly: 10 reps x 3 sets. Superset w/ bench pushup to failure.
Incline kettlebell fly: 8-10 reps x 5 sets
Low cable fly: 15 reps x 3 sets
Barbell row: 8-12 reps x 4 sets
Incline machine row: 8-12 reps x 4 sets
Close grip lat pulldown: 10-12 reps x 4 sets
Plate loaded T-bar machine: 8-12 reps x 4 sets
Reverse chest press machine: 8-12 reps x 4 sets
Close grip seated row: 8-12 reps x 4 sets
Seated dumbbell overhead press: 8-12 reps x 4 sets
Front dumbbell raise: 12-15 reps x 4 sets
Barbell overhead press: 8-10 reps x 4 sets
Single-arm dumbbell front raise: 12-15 reps x 4 sets
Cable reverse rear delt fly: 12-15 reps x 4 sets
Barbell squat: 8612 reps x 5 sets
Barbell walking lunge: 10 reps x 4 sets (each leg)
Hack squat: 12-15 reps x 4 sets
Leg extension: 10-12 reps x 4 sets
Lying hamstring curl: 10-12 reps x 4 sets
Standing calf raise machine: 15 reps x 4 sets
Triceps rope pulldown: 15 reps x 4 sets
Incline EZ bar skullcrushers: 12 reps x 4 sets
Cable overhead extension: 12 reps x 4 sets
Standing cable curl: 12 reps x 4 sets
EZ bar preacher curl: 8-12 reps x 4 sets
Single arm cable curl: 8-12 reps x 4 sets
Single-arm triceps extension 8-12 reps x 3 sets. Superset with reverse grip cable curl: 8-12 reps x 3 sets
Bumstead on His Workouts
‘I love getting in the gym and just hauling a**, pushing everything to the limit.’
Bumstead on Setting Limits
‘I love being able to kill myself. Learning to not do that was hard.’
Bumstead on Training
‘The most optimal way to train a body part is to train it more than once a week.’
Chris Bumstead’s Supplements
Bumstead’s Jacked Factory line of supplements contains rapidly-absorbing whey protein which promotes muscle growth, increases strength and speeds recovery. It is manufactured in the US in an FDA-registered facility.Get it here
Chris Bumstead’s Lifestyle
Just 4 weeks before competing in the 2018 Mr Olympia contest, Bumstead had severe swelling in his legs. He spent several days in the hospital and waited weeks to get a diagnosis: a rare autoimmune disorder called IGA disease. He has had it his entire life but did not know what it was.
Bumstead discussed his battle with the autoimmune disease and getting back into competing in an emotional YouTube video. Finishing second also had him choked up (with happiness) following his ordeal.
Not a Babe Magnet
Bumstead says that most women find a bodybuilder’s physique to be a turn-off, and that people find him more attractive in the off-season.
Bumstead takes a light-hearted approach to his speech impediment.
All in the Family
Bumstead’s sister Melissa is also a bodybuilder. Her husband Iain Valliere is Chris’s coach, and another IFBB pro in the Open division.
Bumstead on His Medical Diagnosis
‘I walked into that doctor’s office terrified.’
Bumstead on His Health Concerns
We define ourselves far too often by our past failures. That’s not you. You are this person right now. You’re the person who has learned from those failures. Build confidence and momentum with each good decision you make from here on out and choose to be inspired.
Bumstead on Autoimmune Disorders
‘Stress can cause it…My immune system can’t always respond to it and it can attack itself, and attack my internal organs.’
Bumstead on Facing Facts
‘If, when you look in the mirror, you don’t see the perfect version of yourself, you better see the hardest-working version of yourself.’
Bumstead on Dating & Bodybuilding
‘Most girls do not like bodybuilders…They find it kind of gross.’