Since capturing the Classic Physique crown in 2019, Chris Bumstead has defended it successfully three times.
His dominance of the division appears secure, having defeated Ramon Dino by a substantial margin last year even with a torn bicep.
Chris Bumstead Downplays Ramon Dino’s Improvements Since Last Olympia
With nine weeks left until Olympia, Ramon Dino still has ample time to sharpen his physique and stage presence further.
Cbum Fully Expects to Defend Title Against Ramon Dino and Urs Kalecinski
When asked directly if Ramon Dino and third-place finisher Urs Kalecinski were battling for second behind him, Chris Bumstead did not hesitate. “I do,” he responded confidently, making it clear the other two men were competing for scraps.
Chris Bumstead explained that his strategy remains introspective – to push himself to be better than the version that dominated last year.
This mindset echoes Chris Bumstead’s words before last year’s Olympia: “I don’t have to be better than them they have to be better than me.”
He sets the standard that the rest of the division must reach. So far, no one has come close.
Improving His Back Poses Played a Key Role
One area Chris Bumstead felt he had an advantage last year was his back. His posing has evolved to better display his lats, traps, and erectors.
Chris Bumstead credits changing his back double biceps pose between 2019 and 2020 for unlocking significant gains.
Rather than crunching his lower back, Chris Bumstead now elongates his spine to stretch the lats out wide.
This instantly gave his back more width and thickness. Learning to feel and squeeze his back muscles harder when hitting this pose built a greater mind-muscle connection.
In the gym, this allowed Chris Bumstead to target and isolate his back more effectively.
The result was a visible progression in back thickness and density each year. Refining small details in his posing helped spur tangible muscle growth.
Ramon Dino Threatens to Hunt Chris Bumstead in Open Division
Chris Bumstead once again appeared unconcerned, stating “I think it would be the same story.” Open competitors generally weigh 40-60 pounds more than Classic Physique athletes.
But Chris Bumstead believes his structural advantages would translate even when facing larger opponents.
Theoretically, Chris Bumstead could add size while maintaining aesthetics. For now, Chris Bumstead continues teasing a future Open run but nothing is imminent.
Cbum Eager to Showcase Improvements on Olympia Stage
With his fifth Classic Physique Olympia win in sight, some could expect Chris Bumstead to coast into the 2023 event. But as his back pose indicated, he diligently works to refine small details each prep.
Hany Rambod will have a strategy to bring Chris Bumstead’s best look yet to the stage in November. They aim to beat the version of Cbum that dominated last year, not the other competitors.
But if Chris Bumstead brings the trademark combination of shape, proportions, and condition that has defined his reign, few expect he will relinquish the crown any time soon.