I’m a toned Mr. Olympia champion with traps of steel – bodybuilding fans say I’m better looking than Arnold Schwarzenegger
SOME fans in the bodybuilding community have claimed that a new Mr. Olympia champion looks better than Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime.
Canadian pro bodybuilder and fitness influencer Chris Bumstead recently won his fourth consecutive Mr. Olympia title in the Classic Physique division this December.
Bumstead took to his Instagram to post about the performance and received praise from fans and peers.
During his dominant reign in the division, Bumstead was often compared to Arnold Schwarzenegger, whom many consider the father of bodybuilding.
Originally from Austria, Schwarzenegger brought the sport to a global audience via Essentially Sports in the 1970s.
The former California governor, known as “Austrian Oak,” won seven Mr. Olympia titles while competing, according to The Sporting News.
For fans, both are greats in bodybuilding, but recently a heated debate has erupted over who is ultimately the best – Bumstead or Schwarzenegger.
The conversation began with a video posted by the gymonsters_ Instagram account, a site dedicated to bodybuilding content.
The clip was split down the middle, with Bumstead posing in one half and Schwarzenegger in the other.
“@cbum Vs @schwarzenegger 🔥😬,” read the caption.
Many fans supported Bumstead’s physique in favor of Schwarzenegger’s.
“Sorry, but Arnold’s lower body needed a little more work,” said one viewer.
“His upper body was great.”
“Cbum is in better shape. Arnold just hit him with the biceps. The rest is Cbum,” argued another.
A few other fans still sided with Bumstead but felt Schwarzenegger could still beat the four-time Mr. Olympia champion in some areas.
“I think Cbum has better lats and legs but Arnold lets him hit his chest and arms,” they wrote.
However, many bodybuilding fans made a strong case for Arnold.
Many noted arguments such as the improvements in supplements and sports enhancers that gave Bumstead an edge.
“If you compare that physique specifically… Cbum makes him bang all day,” said one commenter initially.
“But if you put Arnold in today’s generation and he would take exactly what Cbum takes. And knowing what we now know about the training…I would choose Arnold over anyone.”
“We all have to remember that we weren’t that good back then 💉💉💉 and the training knowledge was different,” repeated another fan.
Bumstead has even noted that he wishes he could take some elements of Arnold’s physique, despite some fans’ opinion that he’s better than the “Austrian Oak”.
The 27-year-old revealed this on his YouTube channel, where he was asked a question via Fandom Wire about whether he would have bodybuilder Tom Platz’s legs or Schwarzenegger’s arms.
“Definitely Arnold’s arms,” Bumstead remarked.
“I might be biased because at first all I have are crappy arms and good legs.”
“But I know I can grow my legs if I train them and I do, I did. But my arms were just growing. So I would surely steal Arnold’s arms. And his chest if you offer it,” he continued.
Debate will likely continue in the bodybuilding community as fans wait and see if Bumstead will ultimately break Arnold’s Mr. Olympia record of seven wins.
For more information, see The US Sun’s coverage of a Mr. Olympia champion at age 53 seeking his 10th Arnold Classic win.
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