William Bonac - Bio and Competition History
William Bonac is one of the most successful African bodybuilders in the history of the sport. He is the pride of an entire continent.
Even though he was born in Ghana in 1982, William Bonac later relocated to Australia and began his bodybuilding career there.
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Bonac started training at 13 years old as a way to release stress and trained almost two decades until he reached the 2016 Mr. Olympia stage.
Bonac made his beginner IFBB debut at the Arnold Amateur rivalry in the heavyweight category where he took the third place. In 2012, Bonac was sixth and third in the stacked 212 lb classes at the IFBB Europa Super and the IFBB British Grand Prix.
These competitions were a great chance for Bonac to showcase his lean physique to the world and get his legitimate acknowledgment.
Since then, William Bonac has participated in a lot of IFBB events, winning some of them including the 2015 IFBB Nordic Pro and the 2015 IFBB Dayana Cadeau Pro. However, his Pro Card was not an easy journey and took a lot more competitions in order to get him to the scene at the Mr. Olympia show.
The first time for Bonac to get this kind of opportunity was the 2014 Mr. Olympia where he finished 15th. However, Bonac was determined to get among the elite bodybuilding crowd and took the 8th place at the 2015 Mr. Olympia. In 2016, Bonac took the 5th place at the Mr. Olympia.
Recently, Bonac took home his first pro victory, taking how a win at the 2018 Arnold Classic.
According to the bodybuilding legend Jay Cutler, William Bonac is "the future of bodybuilding" and one of the most impressive physiques to grace the Olympia scene. For Bonac, it is the confidence and down to earth attitude that made him reach these heights in bodybuilding, accompanied by the proper nutrition.
Even though Bonac has been compared to many legends, he is certainly one of the most unique bodybuilders in terms of his personal journey.
Will Bonac Wins the 2018 Arnold
The 30th Anniversary of the Arnold Sports Festival was a successful event, and to cap off an amazing weekend William Bonac won his first professional appearance.
William “The Conqueror” Bonac dominated in the three rounds of judging and overthrew Dexter Jackson. Jackson has 28 career wins, and Bonac is just getting started.
Bonac has been hard at work preparing for the Arnold, posting on his Instagram doing some lat work "2 weeks out." He looked shredded, and his stage appearance showed his hard work and dedication.
While many competitors looked ready for the stage, Bonac stayed true to his diet and dedication. His 3rd place position in the 2017 Arnold was an eye-opener. It was clear to everyone that William Bonac is one of the most impressive bodybuilders today.
Competitors going against Bonac should have been worried when he stepped onto the stage.
Congratulated by Arnold Schwarzenegger himself, Bonac received a check for $130,000 for winning.
Unlike some of the past winners, Bonac has been extremely humble. He had been waiting for this moment since he placed third at an amateur competition in 2011. Being a fan since he was eight, Bonac remembers watching his favorite movie Conan the Barbarian.
Bonac says, “Lil’ did I know that one day I would win his 30th Annual Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic show and be handed the trophy by the legend himself.”
Bonac is representing his Ghana country and has become the idol of his country. Seeing Bonac’s progress in his short, but successful, career leads us to believe that it is going to be hard to stop him.
Winning bodybuilding’s biggest show of the year shows what hard work, dedication, and an immaculate diet and training regimen can do.
“Turn your scars into stars.” – William Bonac