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Here’s what we’ve got today:

  • The hamstring exercises four-time Classic Physique Olympia champ Chris Bumstead relies on during his 2023 Olympia prep.

  • Dive into the captivating story behind the iconic 1975 Mr. Olympia.

  • Get the recipe for the breakfast that’ll help unlock your bodybuilding goals.


Championship Hammies

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In pursuing a fifth straight Classic Olympia title, Chris Bumstead has shifted his focus towards his legs (the hamstrings, in particular), as he preps for November’s big show. Under the guidance of his coach, Hany Rambod, Bumstead underwent a workout aimed at identifying and addressing any potential weaknesses, while bolstering his strengths.

Rambod's training philosophy emphasizes the importance of slow, controlled movements and cultivating a strong mind-muscle connection to maximize muscle growth rather than solely relying on heavy weights that risk poor form. To delve deeper into the training methods and tips employed by Rambod, check out CBum’s complete leg workout video below.

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An Olympia Deep Dive

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By the mid-’70s, the Mr. Olympia contest played host to some of the biggest showdowns in bodybuilding, with names like Larry Scott, Sergio Oliva, and Arnold Schwarzenegger becoming icons in the sport. However, the 1975 Olympia in Pretoria, South Africa, stands out amongst those earlier contests and remains one of the most important physique shows ever.

You probably already know that a camera crew at the ‘75 Olympia captured every moment of the show for the legendary film Pumping Iron. Directed by George Butler, this docudrama premiered just two years later in 1977, unveiling behind-the-scenes footage and shedding light on the intense happenings at the biggest bodybuilding battle of the year.

While the movie was a hit, it didn’t really tell the whole story behind the contest. From political intrigue to the X-rated controversy surrounding Serge Nubret’s acting career, discover all the drama behind the show that brought bodybuilding into the mainstream.


Breakfast of Champions

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Breakfast is often proclaimed as the most important meal of the day. The food that fuels your body in the morning sets the tone for the rest of your day and dictates your success in the gym. Neglecting proper nutrition hinders your progress, regardless of how hard you train. This can also lead to an increased risk of injury, which nobody wants.

High-quality protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats form the foundation of any well-rounded meal. However, some foods are particularly suited for the mornings when you need an extra pick-me-up. Additionally, it's essential to consider your specific goals — whether you're cutting, bulking, or in maintenance — to determine a quality breakfast. Learn the foods to eat for optimizing your first meal of the day and propel yourself toward bodybuilding success.


Quad Busters

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  • Brett “The Butcher” Wilkin embraces high-volume training while cutting to prepare for the Men’s Open class at the 2023 Olympia. See the brutal quad day he endures during prep.

  • Regan Grimes recently punched his ticket to the 2023 Mr. Olympia with a win at the Europa Pro. Here’s what his full day of eating looks like as he preps for a packed November.

  • Training the obliques is crucial for enhancing athletic performance. But they can be hard to hit from many core movements. Find out how and why the cable chop is the ideal oblique movement for developing a stronger core.