A huge part of the toll of being a professional bodybuilder is the relentless cycle of bulking and cutting, bulking and cutting.
It’s a week out from the Olympia 2020 and many of the competitors are probably sighing with relief that they can go back to eating their favorite greasy foods and enjoy a little downtime after so many months of intense training. However, fitness is a full-time occupation. William Bonac recently shared updates on his physique with fans over Instagram, and it’s clear his dedication to his physique is not going anywhere, even for a second. You can check out the post in full on Instagram below.
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William Bonac nabbed a fifth place finish in the 2020 Mr. Olympia, which is pretty respectable considering he was competing against Phil Heath, a living legend of the sport, and that Big Ramy was in some of the best conditioning of his career. Bonac is making it clear he shouldn’t be counted out just yet.
It was definitely disappointing for Bonac and his fans that he dropped down to a fifth place finish this year after finishing in second in the 2019 Olympia, but there wasn’t a remarkable difference in his competition. Fans and commentators alike have observed that last year was kind of an unusual competition because many of the sport’s greatest athletes weren’t on the stage — Shawn Rhoden had just been banned for life from the IFBB, while Phil Heath and Kai Greene were among those who opted not to compete. As a result, Bonac was probably able to climb disproportionately high in the rankings, and has since been pushed back behind Big Ramy, Brandon Curry, Phil Heath, and Hadi Choopan.
His back looks absolutely stunning here and the muscle definition is something to be admired by any fan of the sport. The truth is, even a fifth place is something to be proud of when you’re ranked among the world’s best. Bonac has a lot of fight left in him still and will probably make a very strong finish next year.
This was also the year of the Olympia during COVID-19, which can’t have been easy on any of the many talented athletes competing this year. They didn’t have access to many of the world class gyms and health treatments they’ve become accustomed to. All this adds up to something of a disappointing year for any athlete, but also a challenge for those who are willing to rise to the occasion. Bonac’s conditioning is fully his own; he was on his own training and it was his own blood, sweat, and tears that got him across the finish line. He never has to wonder how capable he is without all the glitz and glamour of a professional athlete because now he knows that he really has what it takes. That’s probably an amazing feeling and we wish him all the best competing in the 2021 Mr. Olympia! He definitely still has a great shot at winning that title someday in the near future.
*All images and media courtesy of Instagram.