Bodybuilder William Bonac is a model of consistency. The veteran powerhouse has finished in the top five at the Mr. Olympia show from 2016 to 2020, and has amassed numerous pro victories during his career, including two Arnold Classic titles.
But as he preps for the 2022 Olympia, Bonac knows he needs to work on his size, especially if he wants to compete against a perpetually growing Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay.
In a recent video posted to his YouTube channel, Bonac talked about his prep for the Olympia — and details how much bigger he plans to get in time for the big show.
A Bigger Bonac
At the time of the video, Bonac says he weighs 118.3 kilograms (260.8 pounds), with a goal of hitting 120 kilograms (264 pounds) during training.
“Size is going to be different,” Bonac says when asked about what is going to change during this year’s prep. “The [conditioning] is not something that I have a problem with — it’s more the size. So now, I will have the size to be comparable with those beasts on stage.”
Bonac specifically mentions Big Ramy as one of the “beasts” he has to contend with, but there’s also Hadi Choopan, Brandon Curry, and the nearly-300-pound Nick Walker, who are all bringing their massive frames to the Olympia in 2022.
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The 2021 Olympia was unfamiliar territory for Bonac, who finished outside of the top five for the first time since 2015. As his competition (literally) grows, he and his coach, Chad Nicholls, know they need to make adjustments.
”We hit a point [where] we can’t go further, so we have to do something different in order to get a different result,” Bonac says in the video. “So that’s what we’re doing now. [We’re] trying to gain more muscle to be as heavy as possible on stage.”
An Olympia-Sized Cheat Meal
You’ve got to eat to grow, and Bonac ends his video talking about his favorite cheat meal: Shawarma, chicken wings, and french fries (plus a whole lot of pita bread and an array of dipping sauces).
While Bonac says shawarma is among his favorite cheats, he stresses that it’s not “too fatty” and has fewer calories than a traditional hamburger.
That eye toward lower fat likely has to do with Nicholls, who is a proponent of Bonac sticking to a relatively clean diet during training. As the man who coached Ronnie Coleman during his prime, Nicholls knows all about building the right kind of mass.
Bonac’s Resurgent 2022
William Bonac has already claimed a few solid performances in 2022. In March, he came in second behind Brandon Curry at the Arnold Classic, netting $120,000 in prize money in the process.
And just a week later, he took the top spot at the Boston Pro, beating out the likes of Justin Rodriguez and Steve Kuclo.
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We’ll have to see if Bonac’s recent string of impressive performances continues this year when the Olympia returns to Las Vegas, NV on Dec. 15.
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