by Matt Weik
If you had followed William Bonac you would have seen the video (or at least what you heard) of the beef between him and his former trainer Neil "Yoda" Hill. In his 2019 video, he made it clear that he doesn't appreciate Neil too much. In the video, he mentions that he fired Neil Hill and was tired of giving him his hard-earned money for what he thought was nothing. With the success that Bonac had, it could open up a dialogue about whether it is worth working with industry gurus at all.
There is no denying that William Bonac is a fantastic bodybuilder. When it comes to consistency, I would put him next to Dexter Jackson. When Bonac takes the stage, you know that he will be tall and conditioned and that shows in all of his victories and placements. Could Bonac one day win the Olympics? It is not yet foreseeable, but every year I feel that it is getting closer and closer.
Bonac has clearly been working on improving his already solid body and seems to optimize things. In terms of mass, I feel that William Bonac may be exhausted. For its size, Bonac could be one of the best body builders on the market. Does he really have to hire one of the industry gurus to continue to be successful? I'm not so sure and here's why.
Are industrial gurus worth it?
Ok, it's time for me to get a lot of hate for it, but I'd rather be open and honest with you than walk next to all the sheep. Do I believe that industrial gurus have their place? Absolutely. Do I think they are everything they should be? Absolutely not. I can almost hear my DM and my inbox ring as I write this.
Do I think Neil Hill (I've only used him as an example since working with William Bonac – this is not a direct shot or article just about him) made Bonac who he is? No. Bonac had a great physique before working with Neil, and although I think Neil definitely played a role in his progress, I wouldn't say that all of Bonac's victories and successes are due to Neil and his methods.
I can't speak for all industry gurus, but most of them make up a high percentage of a competitor's earnings unless they require a fairly large number to work with many of the professionals out there. Are they worth the money they get? I think it depends on who you ask. Personally, I'm on the fence. Are you a great group of eyes and able to make improvements with competitors who may not really know or understand your body and how it responds to different training and eating strategies? Certainly. But for those who seem to know their bodies pretty well (like William Bonac), it's clear that if they don't work with a trainer or industrial gurus, they can get away with it.
Science plays a big role
I don't want to reject the hard work that many bodybuilders put into building their bodies, but let's call it the way it is, they're not natural. I said it there. Arnold used it at the time with many bodybuilders of his day, and competitors still use performance-enhancing medications – yes, even bikini competitors. WOW, I seem to be calling everyone in this article (I can't wait for all emails to arrive).
Today's performance-enhancing drugs are much more sophisticated than those in Arnold's heyday, but they all help build the amazing bodies we see on stage today. Just as we have developed in bodybuilding sports, so have the drugs. It is both good and bad. The good thing is that competitors have the means to get their bodies where they can take them naturally. The bad thing is that some competitors abuse these substances and can have a negative impact on their health.
Many industrial gurus are very knowledgeable about these substances, and for some, it is this factor alone that can help competitors completely change their bodies in the off-season and then become harder and leaner by using different substances than in the previous years.
Is this a cop-out and does it mean that competitors can get away with being laconic with their training or diet? No, not even close. However, many of these substances allow them to add lean muscle tissue more easily, recover faster between workouts, go on a diet without losing that muscle tissue, and dry out to a point where their skin is thin. But the work still has to be done. It's not like sitting on the couch, taking the same substances and then jumping onto a stage that looks like it.
I hate the term "guru"
What exactly makes you an industrial guru? It seems like the term is thrown around far too often these days. That doesn't mean there aren't any coaches who are brilliant at what they do. Hany Rambod, Chad Nicolls, Neil Hill, Chris Aceto, Dave Palumbo and many others. I know and consider some of them as friends.
All in all, this article is not a direct shot at a person. Many industry gurus are great at what they do and they get paid to deliver results. In the case mentioned at the beginning of this article, William Bonac did not feel that Neil Hill was worth the time or money and decided to split up. I wish he had ended things differently and without blowing him up on the internet, but he has every right to hire and fire someone he wants. He also has the ability, as he is currently, not to work with anyone and do everything on his own.
I have the feeling that many of the bodybuilders today do not need a trainer or one of the industry gurus. What do you think about industrial gurus and do you think it is actually worth using them? I think William Bonac has opened many people's eyes to how successful you can be without a coach.