After a disappointing end, Bonac is taking a while off.
Within the present bodybuilding pantheon, William Bonac’s identify belongs amongst the elite. With a championship build and resume, he’s one of many sport’s greatest stars for an excellent purpose. Sadly, nobody will have the ability to see the athlete or his physique shine on stage for a short time.
In a Mar. 6, 2023, Instagram submit, Bonac mirrored on what was seemingly a disappointing seventh-place end on the 2023 Arnold Classic (AC). A two-time AC champion (2018, 2020), Bonac entered the competitors with hopes of capturing his third profession AC title — a feat solely 4 different bodybuilders have achieved within the contest’s 34-year historical past. As an alternative, whereas reflecting within the aftermath, Bonac revealed he wouldn’t compete for the remainder of 2023.
Earlier than Bonac famous he wouldn’t compete for the foreseeable future, he ran down his historical past on the AC. In comparison with his trendy friends, it’s largely unparalleled for somebody who has really stood on high of the competition’s podium.
Right here’s an summary of Bonac’s AC aggressive historical past:
William Bonac (Males’s Open) | Arnold Basic Historical past
- 2018 — First place
- 2019 — Runner-up
- 2020 — First place
- 2022 — Runner-up
- 2023 — Seventh place
*Be aware: Bonac missed the 2021 version of the AC as a consequence of surprising journey issues.
Listed below are the complete outcomes from the 2023 AC:
2023 Arnold Basic Outcomes | Males’s Open
Right here’s how the complete high 10 shook out on the 2023 Arnold Basic:
- Samson Dauda
- Nick Walker
- Andrew Jacked
- Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay
- Shaun Clarida
- Akim Williams
- William Bonac
- Justin Rodriguez
- Kamal Elgargni
- Patrick Moore
As for what lies forward within the coming months, Bonac saved it plain and easy. He’s going to concentrate on extra private endeavors in the meanwhile.
“I can truthfully say I gained’t miss my food plan for some time,” Bonac wrote. “Time to concentrate on household and different enterprise apart from bodybuilding.”
Except for the overall ramifications of Bonac’s choice, it additionally means the athlete is not going to seem within the 2023 Mr. Olympia in early November. Bonac has competed in each Olympia for the reason that yr 2014. His best-ever outcome was a runner-up end to champion Brandon Curry in 2019.
As a competitor who has by no means gained the competition and who additionally completed in ninth place through the 2022 Olympia iteration, Bonac doesn’t have computerized qualification for the 2023 contest. As such, as an alternative of pushing for a roster berth, it appears he’s determined to relaxation and refocus quite than decide to a difficult training and nutrition plan in contest prep.
This isn’t the tip for Bonac as a bodybuilder. He plans to make his aggressive return to the 2024 AC. Maybe then he can full his vaunted mission of capturing a 3rd championship and remind followers why they name him “The Conqueror.”
Featured picture: @william_bonac on Instagram