Workout Review “CBUM”

By Lakyn Gardner

Welcome back to workout review. Today we’re taking on the 2020 Mr. Olympia’s workout. Chris Bumstead is the current title Holder of Mr. Olympia. Though he just retired, Chris Bumstead is somebody I recently found on YouTube; but he’s Mr. Olympia, so I should have known about him.

The number one thing Chris sells for his workouts is complete muscle exhaustion. Which means you push your muscles to their absolute physical limit and then some. For example, if he is doing the bench, he will do his regular sets, and then, to finish off, he will do pause sets and force his body to regain some energy before he starts again; he will continue to do that until he no longer can. Additionally, he adds negative reps of heavyweight to break down the muscle fibers. As always, the full workout will be at the bottom.

This is the most sore from a workout I’ve ever been. I absolutely demolished my chest; anytime I do anything, it activates my chest muscles after the workout. I must say the negative reps, along with complete muscle exhaustion, is my new favorite thing. I’m personally ecstatic to add this into my workout. I believe if you are no longer seeing progress, you should definitely give this workout a try; it will give you a run for your money.

One of my favorite things about Bumstead is his mindset. He puts it all out there, everything, even for his competition to see; he doesn’t do anything in hiding. This goes to show you that he’s just the hardest worker anywhere he goes no matter what room he’s in, he’s the hardest worker there. I believe seeing his mindset allowed me to push myself even harder for this workout.

Like I previously stated, this workout is amazing. I would recommend an intermediate level of lifting ability, not because the lifts are hard, but because this is a form-focused exhaustion workout, and you need to know how to safely fail a lift. Also, if you don’t have a gym partner, I would recommend using a resistance band to do the negative reps. It will keep you safe if you fail. Overall, I give this workout at 10 out of 10, truly a masterpiece.  

  • High Cable Fly* – 3 x 12-15
  • Barbell Bench Press – 4 x 8-10
  • Incline Dumbbell Bench – 4 x 8
  • Machine Fly 3 x 12
  • Decline Hammer Strength Bench 3 x 10


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