My name is Chris Bumstead and I am an IFBB Classic Physique Pro from Ottawa, Canada. Growing up, I built the base of my physique training for football, basketball and track and field in high school. It wasn’t until I met my friend, coach and now brother-in-law, Iain Valliere, that I even thought about competing. In 2014, at the age of 19, I participated in my first bodybuilding show and fell in love with competing.
Physique wise switching to the Classic division drove my passion through the roof, thinking now of symmetry aesthetics and portraying it all as a form of art through posing is such a different dynamic than just trying to be huge. And in the overall fitness and health aspect, I went from eating whatever was in sight to try and grow, to actually understanding the nutrients and how much I should be taking in to optimize recovery, growth and most importantly health.
A lot of my increased views on overall health came when I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, IGA Nephropathy. While this may cut my career as a professional competitor short, my love for fitness and training will always be the most important aspect of my life that I will continue to uphold for as long as I possibly can.
We all face our own challenges in life and I’m just grateful to have a positive output such as the gym I can always look forward to through the good and the bad.
I currently still reside in Canada where I am training to obtain that first-place position for the Classic Physique Olympia.I started out purely with the love of training hard and wanting to get huge. Slowly I started to build a more complex love of fitness.
In 2015, I won bodybuilding Junior Canadian Nationals and in 2016 I earned my IFBB pro card as the Bodybuilding Heavyweight Champion at the IFBB North American Championships at the age of 21. After turning pro, I switched over to the Classic Physique division and in 2017 and in 2018 I qualified and competed in the Mr. Olympia competition, where I finished second place both years.