WBFF Pro Fitness Model “ Julie Bonnett ” talks to Sixpackfactory.com

We talk exclusively to super sexy WBFF Pro Fitness Model “ Julie Bonnett ”
By Peter Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 06:40 PM

Julie Bonnett’s interest in good health exploded into a passion for fitness after being inspired by the athletic competitors featured in Oxygen magazine’s contest coverage. Julie set high goals for herself and began sculpting her physique in preparation for her first fitness competition – a successful venture! Julie placed first in her class, and gained confidence & pride through the accomplishment.

Through hard work and determination she has realized other dreams, including the honour of being featured in the publication that first sparked her interest in the fitness industry – Oxygen Fitness Magazine! Julie Bonnett has also graced the pages of Status Fitness Magazine, MuscleMag, Fit & Firm, was featured by Inside Fitness Magazine in the IFM Hot & Fit 100 list as one of Canada’s top fitness models and being a WBFF Pro Fitness Model.

The choice to make health a priority greatly improved Julie’s life in every way. Because of this, she decided to become educated as a personal trainer and these days, when she is not competing, she and husband Craig Bonnett (WBFF Pro Bodybuilder) also help others discover the positive effects that come with incorporating physical activity into their lives.

One word to describe yourself?


What has been your biggest accomplishment in the fitness field?

My husband Craig Bonnett (WBFF Pro Bodybuilder and Mr Manitoba 2006) and I have worked hard to develop our business, ContestPrep.com- an industry-leading physique consulting and online personal training business. We work incredibly hard to dream up new ways to motivate & inspire clients, including helping hundreds of athletes prepare for stage and even more general public clients reach their fitness goals. Both myself and my husband have accomplished so much in our personal competitive careers, however I am most proud of us for finding ways to share our knowledge, experience and network with others.

How did you get into fitness/bodybuilding?

Fitness is a passion that has taken over and changed my life in every way. As a teen, I replaced dancing with weight training on my own accord, and enjoyed the improvements to my body and self esteem. The gym became my sanctuary – throwing on my music and pumping out a killer workout is how I deal with stress. There have been difficult times in my life where I could be found there at 3 am! This passion became a sport for me when I had hit a plateau and needed a goal to help me take my physique to the next level. Learning proper dieting techniques while training for my first show likely saved me from developing an eating disorder (which is why I am so proud to share my knowledge now with other women through ContestPrep.com). The new information also corrected errors in my approach to exercise (such as too much cardio). When stepping on stage to win that first Fitness competition, ‘Jewels’ re-invented herself and finally discovered the right path in life.

Top 3 tips for people who want to get in shape?

Start today! Don’t continue to procrastinate until tomorrow, that is a recipe for failure.

Tell your family & friends what your goals are, and know who will support you during weak moments.

Finally, set realistic mini-goals and rewards for reaching them that are not food-related, such as a photoshoots, deep tissue massage, new clothes or – a big reward – a vacation.

What is a typical daily routine for you?

While training for my Ms Fitness Manitoba win, my day began with cardio, then I would head to my 8 hr fulltime position as a graphic/web designer, finish work and either go to my part-time training job or home to meet with ContestPrep.ca clients, followed up with my resistance training then either cardio, routine development or gymnastic class, THEN finally home to sleep! I always schedule myself with as much as I can fit – unfortunately leaving little downtime to relax and socialize, but I am great at multitasking so I thrive with a busy lifestyle. (When I began dating my husband, we moved in together within a month so we could see each other! I don’t recommend that, but it worked out beautifully for us.) Now, the success of my online physique consulting business has enabled me to work fulltime for myself, so my routine is different, but equally as busy. My day begins with either 1.5 hr outdoor or indoor bike ride (or rollerblading in warmer seasons), shower, eat breakfast and focus on ContestPrep.com clients. My professional bodybuilding husband and I enjoy our afternoon drive to the gym together in his Corvette (during Winnipeg summers at least!), stop by Popeye’s Supplements or the grocery store en route home, though a few days per week we head to see our athletic therapist Avi Walker at Victory Therapy & Sports Injury Clinic for treatment of any injuries and maintance to keep our bodies functioning at 100%. During most evenings we meet with local members of our training program for weigh-ins and re-assessments which encourage and inspire their progress and ensure our techniques are achieving results. We are night owls, so we are up working until 1 or 2 a.m. before winding down while watching The Late Night Show or Conan. If I am preparing for an event, I add a pre-bed cardio session for 30-60 minutes.

What is the most challenging thing for you when it comes to staying in shape?

TIME! It’s difficult to balance running a business with pre-contest training/cardio/food prep, nevermind trying to have a social life too! I have a great, support team that helps me through, including my amazing in-laws – Craig’s parents are always 5 mins away to help with whatever we need!

What food can’t you go without?

I love to eat, but I can swear off anything if my diet demands it.

What keeps you motivated to stay in shape?

To maintain my physique requires a lot of cardio, regular weight training and a VERY tight diet. To find the motivation to continue winning the battle against weight gain, I put pressure on myself by setting deadlines and goals, such as competitions, photoshoots or vacations. I also want to inspire my clients to life a balance, healthy lifestyle all year round, and feel privileged and honoured to be their role model. It’s important to me to celebrate my successes and enjoy the physique I am working so hard to create, so I have cute outfits to rock at the gym that flatter and showcase my body while I’m training. Everyone looks better with a pump, so I don’t understand why some people wear bulky sweat pants and loose tees while exercising? 😉

What is your workout plan like?

I love compound lifts, however am go-go-go in the gym, so supersets and triplesets are common in my workouts. R/T 5x/week, with rest days as needed, cardio everyday, currently all on my stationary bike – unfortunately I have stress fractures in my ankles, an injury that originated in 2008 from shin splints, so no running or plyos for me right now 🙁

Your favorite six pack abs exercises/workout?

You can catch me doing all of these exercises as supersets in my gym – even after a heavy set of deadlifts of squats! It’s also a great way to tighten glutes in your hotel room on vacation. http://www.sixpackfactory.com/butt-thigh-workout/

What is your eating plan like?

I admittedly eat low carb when dieting for a show or big photo shoot. Breakfast for this season has been chicken breast or lean beef with 3 eggwhites and Fusion Omega Oil. Meal 2 is pre workout, often a protein shake with Glutamend, SubQ and Purple K and veggies. (I snack on veggies as much as needed throughout the day.) I often take Purple K before my cardio sessions as well, feeling those bike workouts are killer for my glutes. I drink Fusion Agent M Powder during weight training, mixed with water. Meal 3 is immediately post workout – a protein shake (Magnum Chocolate) mixed in water with Glutamend. By the time I drive home, I’m starving, so I eat a repeat of breakfast for Meal 4. Meal 5 is salad with lean protein (ie: tuna, salmon, chicken, egg whites, basa, etc). Before bed every night I eat lean protein and take in fats such as Omega Oil or nuts. I believe food is the best supplement – there is no quick, over the counter fix for a bad diet. However there are certainly fantastic products that can help in addition to clean eating. I use CLA, BCAAs, Glutamend, Omega Oil, Pre-workout supplements such as Fubar, creatine (Purple K), SubQ at certain times of the year to help my fat loss and energy levels, protein powders, and ALWAYS incorporate a multivitamin to ensure my body has all the nutrients it needs.

Julie’s Photo Shoot Video

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Your own physical feature you are most proud of?

I think you could ask any one of my female clients this one! I am OBSESSED with glutes!! I began with no bum, and have had to diet and train exceptional hard to shape & maintain my lower body.

Body part of a guy you findmost sexy?

You got me excited thinking about this one! How do I choose? My man has a very complete physique, so luckily I can enjoy the whole package! lol – delts/tris and butt are always important features, but if it’s on a stage, I am impressed by the men with big, cut legs and crazy striations through their chest.

Famous fitness icon/bodybuilder you would most like to have coffee/protein shake with?

Arnold and Monica Brant

What is the biggest myth you encounter every day in the fitness industry?

Many people don’t realize that sugars found in fruit are just as bad as sugars found in candy if your goal is weightloss. To drop bodyfat, you have to manage your caloric intake and only eat carbs when your body needs them for energy. Fruits are perfect with breakfast or immediately after a workout, but not as a nighttime snack.

Connect with Julie

Bodyspace: http://bodyspace.bodybuilding.com/MsJewels/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JewelsJulieBonnett
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/JewelsWBFFblog
Personal Training: www.contestprep.com  


Thanks to everyone who supports me in reaching for my dreams in the fitness industry! Craig Bonnett, family & friends, Fusion Bodybuilding, Popeyes Supplements, Skechers, The WBFF (Paul & Allison Dillett), Amy from Vamp Industries, Avi at Victory Sports, Tanya Theberge, Gymstar.ca

Photo Credits

  • Larry Niven
  • Wayne Forrest
  • Mark Bradfield
  • GW Burns
  • Hush Photography
  • Paul Buceta
  • Jason Breeze