After a disappointing end to the course, Bonac takes a little rest.
Written by Robert Zeglinsky Last updated March 9, 2023
In today’s bodybuilding pantheon,
by Guillaume Bonac name belongs to the elite. With a championship building and to sum it up, he’s one of the biggest stars in the sport for good reason. Unfortunately, no one will be able to see the athlete or his physique shine on stage for a little while.
In a March 6, 2023 Instagram post, Bonac reflected on what was likely a disappointing seventh-place finish in the
Arnold Classic 2023 (AC). A two-time AC champion (2018, 2020), Bonac entered the competition hoping to win his third career AC title – a feat only four other bodybuilders have achieved in the contest’s 34-year history. Instead, while pondering what’s next, Bonac revealed he would not compete for the remainder of 2023.
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Before Bonac noticed he wouldn’t be competing for the foreseeable future, he ran through his AC history. Compared to his modern peers, this is especially unprecedented for someone who actually made it to the pageant podium.
Here is an overview of Bonac AC’s competitive history:
William Bonac (Men’s Omnium) | Arnold’s classic story
2018 — First place 2019 — Finalist
2020 — First place
2022 — Finalist 2023 — Seventh place
*Note: Bonac missed the 2021 edition of AC due to unexpected travel complications.
Here are the full AC 2023 results:
2023 Arnold Classic Results | Open Men
Here’s how the full top 10 stood out at the Arnold Classic 2023:
Nick Walker AndrewJack
Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay
Shaun Clarida Akim Williams
Justin Rodriguez Kamal Elgargni
As for what lies ahead in the coming months, Bonac has kept it plain and simple. He’s going to focus on more personal endeavors for now.
“I can honestly say that I won’t miss my diet for a while,” Bonac wrote. “It’s time to focus on family and other business outside of bodybuilding.”
Besides the general ramifications of Bonac’s decision, it also means that the athlete will not appear in the
2023 Mr. Olympia early November. Bonac has participated in every Olympia since the year 2014. His best result was a second place at the champion Brandon Curry in 2019.
As a competitor who has never won the contest and who also finished in ninth place in the 2022 Olympia iteration, Bonac does not have automatic qualification for the 2023 contest. As such, instead of pushing for a spot on the roster, it looks like he decided to rest and refocus rather than engage in a challenge.
coaching And nutrition planning in preparation for competitions.
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This is not the end for Bonac as a coachbuilder. He plans to make his return to competition at AC 2024. Perhaps then he can fulfill his much-vaunted mission of winning a third championship and reminding the fans why they call him “The Conqueror”.
Featured Image: @william_bonac on Instagram