My interview with Body Builder Julian Bonner
I had the wonderful opportunity to interview one of my role models in fitness. His name is Julian Bonner. He has an amazing dedication to fitness. I look up to him for many reasons, So, I thought I would interview him and ask him a few questions that might help us all with our fitness journey. Here is what Julian Said:
1. What inspired you to get involved in fitness?
- I played sports my entire life growing up and so coming from a fitness background, I have always had a liking towards fitness. As I got older, I started getting more involved with bodybuilding definitely. It has always been amazing to me how the human body works, can literally grow as well as how it functions. The more I educated myself, the more I fell in love with the idea of fitness and bodybuilding more and more.
2. What are some of the biggest trials you have had to overcome involving fitness?
- Some of the biggest trials I have encountered would be how to get quality rest as allow my body to recover. Alot of times, the day(s) can be so hectic that getting to bed at a decent time can be challenging. So making sure whatever things I am not able to get done for that day, to stop and work on them tomorrow in order to make sure I can get proper sleep for the night.
- Another trial would be eating and diet. Properly preparing my food has been something that I had to quickly learn in making sure I can keep track with my fitness/bodybuilding goals.
- Making myself a priority. Between work, home life and school, finding the time to actually get a workout in was made much more difficult. So being sure to "make time" for myself had to be important enough for me in order to work on my health and fitness.
- A huge trial would be learning how to be patient. Results whether it has been to lose weight, gain weight, improve overall strength or to work on my cardiovascular health, takes time. Its now a day and age where people want results quickly and I used to be one of those people as well, but one of the things that I was told and had to learn is that progress is linear and getting results will take time. There is no need to rush. Fitness is a lifestyle and is something that I plan on doing for the rest of my life.
3. What keeps you motivated to keep pushing yourself in the gym?
- There are a few things that help keep me going when it comes to the gym and my workouts. First, is having the ability to play with my kids. I have grown up within an active lifestyle and I encourage the same thing with my kids. So its important for me to be able to run around and be active with them as well. Second, I am motivated to see just how far I can push my body on a daily basis. I love the growth that can take place as a result from working out on all levels. Not just physically, but mentally as well. Thirdly, the human body is an amazing thing to me. So being able to feel, see and make changes within my own physique is motivating itself. I have always loved the challenge of what working out brings.
4. What's 1 thing you wish you would have known when you started your fitness journey?
- I certainly wish I had a better understanding of nutrition and how to eat properly when I first got into training. Genetically, I feel as if I have been blessed with the ability to grow muscle pretty well but when I first got into fitness or bodybuilding, I had an idea of what protein and carbs were and what they did but I allowed myself to eat whatever I wanted. Fats were something that, at the time, I thought were always bad for you. Never realizing that there are such things as healthy fats that actually can/are very beneficial for you and my body.
5. What fitness related goals do you have for your future?
- Current fitness goals are one, to gain/build as much muscle as possible naturally. I still would like to remain balanced in terms of how my physique looks as well as remain functional with my daily activities involving my kids. I am also wanting to keep my overall bodyfat % within a healthy range especially around my mid section. Eating better while incorporating more variety within my daily food choices is also a definite fitness goal going forward.