Chris Bumstead Height and Weight, Body Measurements, & More

Chris Bumstead Height and Weight

Chris Bumstead is one of the top professional bodybuilders in the world and a 3x winner of the Mr. Olympia Classic Physique division. Chris’s extraordinary muscle development stands out against his tiny waist and signature abdominal vacuum.

With a resume like that, you may be wondering about Chris Bumstead’s height and weight. So this article reveals the body measurements that have resulted in a world-class physique.

Chris Bumstead Bio

Chris Bumstead, aka CBum, is a 27-year-old IFBB pro bodybuilder from Ottawa, Canada. And he is the reigning Mr. Olympia Classic Physique champion, a division that exemplifies the golden era aesthetics of 1970s bodybuilding.

After picking up weight training at 14 years old, Bumstead packed on 50+ pounds of muscle by the time he reached 18. At the age of 19, he began competing in bodybuilding and won his pro card when he was just 21.

Currently, Bumstead is training to defend his Olympia crown in the Classic Physique division. And he has a huge audience of loyal followers across his social media channels, especially Instagram (@cbum).

 
 
 
 
 
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Chris Bumstead Height and Weight

Chris Bumstead stands 6’1” (185) tall and weighs 230-264lbs (104-120kg). The weight range is due to the bulking and cutting periods associated with his bodybuilding competitions.

During the offseason, CBum bulks up to 260+ lbs while gaining muscle. He achieves this through heavy resistance training and a large calorie surplus.

Starting about three months before the Mr. Olympia contest, Bumstead cuts down his stage weight of 230 lbs. This contest prep phase involves increased energy expenditure and a strategic calorie deficit.

 
 
 
 
 
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Chris Bumstead Body Measurements

Chris Bumstead’s bodybuilding success results from superior muscle development, as is evident in his body measurements. Specifically, the circumference of his chest, waist, arms, and legs.

Now it’s important to point out that the numbers listed here are unofficial as they’re not recorded in contest records. And it’s not always clear if the measurements were taken during the offseason or in contest condition.

So take any bodybuilder measurements posted online with a grain of salt. Still, the numbers below shed some light on the size of Chris Bumstead’s physique compared to a regular guy.

Table 1. Chris Bumstead vs Average Male Measurements

Measurement Chris Bumstead Average Male Difference
Height 6’1″ (185 cm) 5’9″ (175 cm) +6%
Weight 230-264 lb (104-120 kg) 198 lb (90 kg) +16-33%
Waist 30″ (76 cm) 40″ (102 cm) -25%
Chest 51″ (130 cm) 40″ (102 cm) +28%
Arms 20″ (51 cm) 14.6″ (37 cm) +37%
Thighs 30″ (76 cm) 21″ (53 cm) +43%
Calves 20″ (51 cm) 15″ (38 cm) +33%
Chris Bumstead Height and Weight Image

As you can see, Bumstead is a big dude and his size puts the average man to shame. But he isn’t considered a mass monster like the pros in the bodybuilding division.

Instead, Bumstead’s winning physique is the result of incredible proportions. So let’s look at how his body ratios compare to an “ideal physique” and the average guy’s body.

Table 2. Chris Bumstead vs Average Male Proportions

Ratio Chris Bumstead “Ideal” Average Male
Waist to Height 0.41 0.46 0.5
Chest to Waist 1.70 1.45 1.00
Arm to Waist 0.67 0.54 0.37
Thigh to Waist 1.00 0.77 0.53

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Again, Bumstead’s body measurements are significantly different than the average person’s. For example, his waist is slim despite his large frame. And his chest, arms, and thighs are enormous compared to his tiny waist.

Even compared to the ideal measurements of a “Greek God Body,” CBum’s ratios are unique. So you could say his proportions are in the superhuman category.

As a comparison, Steve Reeves was the equivalent of Chris Bumstead in the 1950s. He won the Mr. America and Mr. Universe contests in what is considered the pre-steroid era of bodybuilding.

Like Bumstead, Reeves stood 6’1″ tall, but his stage weight was lighter at 214 lbs. And you can see that Reeves was nowhere near as massive or shredded as Bumstead.

Chris Bumstead vs Steve Reeves

Steve Reeves showing off his ideal physique in the 1950s.

Is Chris Bumstead Natural?

With superhuman size and proportions, it’s only natural to ask if Chris Bumstead is, well… natural. Or is his impressive physique the result of steroid use?

First, it’s important to understand that bodybuilders rarely comment on steroids for legal and business reasons. So we usually can’t get a straight answer from the competitors themselves.

Therefore, we must rely on the physical evidence and key indicators of steroid use. These clues include the appearance of side effects, muscle density and proportions, and fat-free mass index (FFMI).

Hair loss, acne, and flushed skin are side effects of steroids. With a full head of hair and relatively clear skin, CBum passes those tests. However, his skin does have a red hue in pictures without the spray tan.

Is Chris Bumstead Natural

Another possible indicator is the size and dimensions of Bumstead’s shoulder caps. They appear almost cartoonishly angular, which happens with steroid use due to the higher concentration of androgen receptors in the deltoids.

In the photo below, you can see how CBum’s shoulders look a bit blocky and oversized relative to his arms and chest. That’s strike two for possibly being on steroids.

Chris Bumstead Steroids

And perhaps the most quantitative evidence is Chris Bumstead’s FFMI score, a measure of muscularity relative to a person’s height and weight. While not an exact science, FFMI is a helpful tool.

At 6’1” and 230 lbs with 3-4% body fat on stage, CBum’s FFMI is 29.2. And a score in the 26-28 range is considered suspiciously unnatural. So Bumstead’s FFMI of 29+ is probably the nail in the natty coffin.

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Chris Bumstead FFMI

Despite the high probability of performance-enhancing drugs, Chris Bumstead’s success is also a product of diet and workouts. So let’s take a look at how he eats and trains.

Chris Bumstead Diet

During the offseason, Bumstead eats upwards of 6,500 calories daily to create the energy surplus needed for muscle growth. And he consumes all that in 6-7 meals throughout the day.

Most of those calories come from healthy foods like rice, chicken, potatoes, and steak. But Bumstead admits throwing in some not-so-clean foods like muffins to get the extra carbs he needs.

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However, you won’t catch Chris cheating with pizza or burgers because he stays on a strict diet for the most part. In addition, Bumstead significantly reduces his calorie intake and keeps his diet 100% clean during contest prep.

This nutritional approach allows him to shred body fat and get down to super lean levels. Here is an example of Chris Bumstead’s diet about eight weeks out from the Mr. Olympia contest.

Table 3. Chris Bumstead Contest Prep Meal Plan

Meal Quantity/Food
Meal 1 1.5 cups egg whites, 2 whole eggs, 1 cup oats
Meal 2 8 oz chicken, 1 cup rice, 11 oz mixed veggies
Meal 3 8 oz white fish, 7 oz sweet potato, 11 oz mixed veggies
Meal 4 (Pre-Workout) 7 oz white fish, 2 cups rice
Meal 5 (Post-Workout) 50 g whey isolate
Meal 6 8 oz chicken, 6 oz sweet potato, 4 oz green veggies
Meal 7 2.5 cups egg whites, 3 whole eggs, 11 oz mixed veggies

You’ll first notice that Bumstead still eats a ton of food even when cutting. Based on the foods and quantities, he’s eating around 3,500 calories per day!

While that may sound like a lot, it’s actually still a deficit because CBum has so much lean body mass and is very active with his workouts. By my calculations, this diet plan puts him in an 18-23% calorie deficit.

Also, remember that this example meal plan is at about the midpoint in Bumstead’s contest prep. So he likely cuts carbs and calories more as the contest approaches.

Table 4. Chris Bumstead Diet Calories & Macros

  Amount (% of calories)
Calories 3,466
Carbs 282 g (34%)
Fat 67 g (18%)
Protein 401 (48%)

Another thing that stands out in Bumstead’s diet is the high protein. At this point in his prep, it comes out to about 1.6 grams per lb of body weight and accounts for nearly 1/2 of his calories.

Moreover, about 1/3 of CBum’s calories come from carbs, higher than most would expect on a fat loss plan. However, that number of carbs is about enough to fuel his workouts without providing excess energy.

Finally, Bumstead’s fat intake is relatively low at about 1/5 of his daily calories. These macronutrient ratios force his body to burn stored fat for energy while supplying ample protein to prevent muscle breakdown.

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Chris Bumstead Workouts

Clean and consistent nutrition is the main reason Chris Bumstead is able to pack on muscle and get super shredded. But he also trains hard in the gym with muscle-building resistance training workouts.

Most of the time, Bumstead follows a 5 day workout split where he trains back, chest/biceps, hamstrings/glutes, shoulders/triceps, and quads. This routine is sort of a modified bro split workout where he trains 1-2 body parts each session.

Generally, Bumstead trains 4-7 exercises per muscle group for 2-4 sets. And the rep range is usually in the 8-12 hypertrophy zone with some sets going 15+ reps.

In addition, Bumstead makes his workouts more challenging by utilizing drop sets and supersets. 

Here are examples of Bumstead’s workouts.

Day 1: Chris Bumstead Back Workout

  • Deadlifts 4 x 10, 8, 8, failure
  • Bent-over barbell rows 4 x 12, 10, 10, 8
  • Wide grip lat pulldowns 4 x 12-15 (superset)
  • Straight arm pulldowns 4 x 12-15
  • Dumbbell rows 4 x 15, 12, 10, 10
  • Machine rows 3 x 10
  • Hyperextensions 2 x failure

Day 2: Chris Bumstead Chest & Bicep Workout

  • Incline dumbbell bench press 5 x 15, 15, 12, 12, 10
  • Smith machine bench press 4 x 12, 10, 8, 8
  • Incline dumbbell fly 3 x 15, 12, 12
  • Cable fly 3 x 12-15 (superset)
  • Push ups 3 x failure
  • Barbell curls 3 x 15 (superset)
  • Reverse barbell curls 3 x failure
  • Machine preacher curls 3 x 10-12 (drop sets)
  • Hammer curls 2 x 8-10

Day 3: Chris Bumstead Hamstring & Glutes Workout

Day 4: Chris Bumstead Shoulders & Triceps Workout

  • Dumbbell lateral raises 3 x 15
  • Dumbbell shoulder press 3 x 12 (superset)
  • Barbell front raise 3 x 12
  • Single arm cable rear delt fly 4 x 20, 14, 12, 12
  • Upright rows 3 x 15, 12, 12 (superset)
  • Rope face pulls 3 x 15, 12, 12
  • Machine lateral raises 3 x 15
  • Bench dips 4 x 12-15 (superset)
  • EZ-bar skull crushers 4 x 12-15
  • Reverse grip barbell skull crushers 4 x 8-10
  • Single arm cable kickbacks 3 x 12, 10, 8

Day 5: Chris Bumstead Quad Workout

  • Leg extensions 3 x 15
  • Squats 2 x 8 (heavy) 6 x 10-12 (lighter)
  • Leg press 4 x 40, 30, 20, 10
  • Leg extensions 4 x 15 (superset)
  • Stading lunges 4 x 6-8
Chris Bumstead Leg Workout

CBum squats 405 lbs for 12+ reps during his quad workouts.

Chris Bumstead Supplements

Like many top professional bodybuilders, Chris Bumstead partnered with a supplement company to release his own line of products. These supplements include a pre-workout and a protein powder.

CBUM Pre-Workout

Chris Bumstead’s pre-workout supplement is called Thavage from Raw Nutrition. The name is a play on Bumstead’s lisp and how he pronounces the word “savage.”

Unlike most athlete-sponsored supplements, CBum’s pre-workout actually has a decent formulation. It includes several vitamins and electrolytes with large doses of the critical amino acids for endurance and pumps.

Specifically, a two-scoop serving has 3.2 grams of beta-alanine and 6 grams of citrulline. Not to mention it has 324 mg of total caffeine.

Chris Bumstead Pre-Workout

CBUM Protein

Another supplement in the CBum lineup is a whey isolate called Itholate Protein. Again, the “th” is a play on Chris’s unique speech.

This time, however, I’m not impressed with the quality of the supplement. It’s a run of the mill protein powder and has a low protein concentration for an isolate at just 80% by weight. Although I hear the flavors are very good.

Chris Bumstead Protein

Now you know the diet and workout programs CBum uses to get in top physical condition. As well as his height, weight, and body measurements, including those massive 20 inch arms.

After reading this, you’re probably ready to hit the gym and start supersetting arm exercises. But how big do your arms need to be to stand out from the crowd?

Average Arm Size for Men & Women

Lucky for us, several studies compared the average arm sizes for men and women. So you can see exactly how much arm size you need to add to go from average to extraordinary!

Click the links below to see how your arm size measures up based on actual statistics for males and females.

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