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Chris Bumstead

5x Mr. Olympia: How Your Shame is Tied to Your Childhood

"Embracing vulnerability has been the key to unlocking my true potential, both on and off the stage."

Welcome to The School of Greatness, I’m your host, Lewis Howes. Today, we’re diving deep with five-time Mr. Olympia Classic Physique Champion, Chris Bumstead. Chris is not just a bodybuilding icon; he’s a beacon of vulnerability, authenticity, and relentless growth. In this episode, we explore the power of therapy, the journey of self-discovery, and the discipline behind his legendary physique. Get ready for an inspiring conversation that will challenge you to look beyond the surface and strive for greatness in all areas of your life. Let’s dive in!

"Therapy has been a game-changer for me; it's where I learned that my strength lies in confronting my past, not running from it."@cbum  

And now let’s jump into episode 1602 of The School of Greatness! 

"Greatness to me is living in true alignment and being the most authentic representation of yourself. In my version of greatness this authenticity also elevates the people around you." @cbum  

Some Questions I Ask:

  • How did you and your wife begin taking therapy together?
  • What was the wound from your childhood that you never addressed before entering therapy?
  • What was your life like in your teens and twenties before you started jumping into therapy?
  • Did you ever feel that you weren’t worth doing the work and processing/healing from your past?
  • Did Courtney your wife inspire you to open up more about your feelings?
  • Why do you think most people hold back their emotions and their true authentic self in life?
  • How have you learned to trust yourself in being vulnerable and showing your true self and handle the emotions of possible rejection from the world?
  • What has been your biggest fear most of your life?
  • What is the greatest rejection you’ve ever had?
  • What was the feeling you thought you were going to get from Mr Olympia and what was the feeling you actually got?
  • How did your process change mentally, spiritually, and emotionally to enjoy life every single day as opposed to waiting for the result to feel better?
  • What did you do physically to heal your body in addition to the mental healing?
  • What is the optimal diet of a body builder of your caliber?
  • What is the key to burning fat and building muscle at the same time?
  • What is your mindset the four months training, dieting and leading up to the Olympia event?
  • Knowing you’ve spent a year training for this moment, what are you thinking about before taking the stage at Olympia?
  • How can we break generational trauma and be better for ourselves in order to be better to our children?
  • When did you realize you were in love with your wife?
  • What has been the greatest lesson you’ve learned from couple therapy?
  • What’s missing in your life or relationship that you’re building towards?
  • What do you love most about your wife?
  • How do you approach your holistic health and longevity after seeing top bodybuilders who came before you experience health challenges later in life?
  • How have peptides and stem cells helped your longevity?
  • You are incredibly popular on YouTube and social media. How have you achieved seemingly overnight success building your personal brand?
  • How have your used your bodybuilding success to become an entrepreneur and start your own successful business?
  • What’s one thing you would tell your younger self in regards to becoming a father?

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The importance of therapy and addressing childhood wounds for personal growth.
  • Strategies for embracing vulnerability and authenticity in life.
  • The mental and spiritual shifts required to enjoy life beyond just achieving results.
  • The key components of a successful bodybuilding regimen and maintaining holistic health.
  • How to leverage success in one area to build a personal brand and entrepreneurial ventures.
  • Plus much more…

Show Notes:

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