Chris Bumstead is known to be one of the best Classic Physique athletes in the IFBB Pro League. However, his last preparation for Mr. Olympia was far from easy. In fact, during the time Bumstead was hospitalized for 6 days under medical supervision.
4 weeks out from Mr. Olympia Bumstead discovered that his body didn’t respond as usual and that he got bloated.
Particularly in his back, legs/ankles and stomach.
Consequently, he was admitted to the hospital and had to undergo a medical examination.
He stayed at the hospital for 6 days with no training and hardly not eating anything.
In addition to the medical exam, a kidney biopsy concluded that Bumstead had an autoimmune disease (a condition in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your body) which is a condition which can flare up at any time and causes water retention.
Bumstead was prescribed diuretics since he couldn’t completely get rid of the water naturally since he planned to compete. Nonetheless, his legs, stomach, and back were still swelled up, but he was determined to do the Olympia in any case.
In the featured video, an emotional Bumstead describes the whole situation and also expressed how thankful he is for all the help he received from his sister Melissa and Iain Valliere who also competed at the Olympia. Without them, this wouldn’t be possible.