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“Take Care of That Kidney Issue”: William Bonac Gets a Stern Warning From Mr.Olympia Legend Ahead of Arnold Classic 2023

Published 02/11/2023, 8:00 AM EST

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As the Arnold Classic 2023 championship is just around the corner, bodybuilders are training hard to give their best on-stage performance. Among them is William Bonac, who is aiming for another Arnold Classic title. However, Bonac’s situation is different from the others, as he is also struggling with a serious kidney issue, which also puts his life at risk.

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Hence, former Lebanese bodybuilder Samir Bannout recently shared some essential advice for Bonac, asking him to step down from the competition.

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In the latest podcast of Muscle Maturity, veteran bodybuilder Bannout shared his views on Bonac’s participation despite his poor health condition. Hence, the bodybuilding legend warned, “Take care of that kidney issue and come back stronger. That would be very intelligent to do.”

For those unversed about Boanc’s situation, the bodybuilder has been suffering from an inflamed kidney. However, despite the diagnosis, the Ghanaian bodybuilder has decided to compete in the Arnold Classic 2023 event. For this, he also ditched the consumption of oral steroids. But as a veteran bodybuilder and a professional coach, Bannout believes it is ideal for Bonac to withdraw from the competition and put his health first.


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During the discussion, he further added, “If he’s going to do the show taking orals or not, and he said he must stop his medication that he’s using to release the pressure off his kidneys, so that also will interfere with the absorption of the anabolics he’ll be taking. Overall, it’s not a smart decision to do that show [2023 Arnold Classic] in my opinion. I like Bonac, don’t get me wrong. He’s a good guy, but sometimes the money tempts you to do things.”

But it seems like Bonac has already made up his mind and does not want to give up so easily. With or without steroids, the 40-year-old bodybuilder seems to be absolutely confident about his participation in the upcoming event.

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Although a kidney disease does not sound good before a prestigious bodybuilding competition, Bonac is not down and out. He recently revealed that the situation is not severe and would continue moving forward with the help of prescribed medicines.

However, the medicines seemed to cause a problem in his preparations, due to which he did not take any of them. But to also prioritize his health, Boanc stopped using oral steroids right before the competition. While maintaining a balance between his health and passion, Bonac seems confident about his chances at the Arnold Classic 2023.


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After a disappointing ninth finish at Mr. Olympia 2022, Bonac is now focused on the next prestigious title. But will his body support him? Or should he follow Samir Bannout’s advice and take care of his kidney first?

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Written by:

Soumya Bontra


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Soumya Bontra is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. She has been working as a sports journalist and writer for the past two years. Soumya has a Bachelor’s in Mass Media.
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Simar Singh Wadhwa