At 6 weeks out from the 2013 Chicago Pro, we see the next stage in Roelly Winklaar's evolution as a professional bodybuilder. No longer with Sibil Peeters aka Gramma, Winklaar is back at his home base in Curacao preparing for his 2013 season debut.
There's no doubt the Dutch Beast has added size to his frame, but will he impress us all on stage once again? We here at Flex Magazine know he can and he will. Focused solely on bodybuilding at this point, Roelly's been training like a beast and eating like a madman.
In the following pictures, there is no doubt Winklaar has what it takes to be counted in the top ranks of bodybuilders. Below are a few questions Winklaar was kind enough to answer for our Flex Magazine readers:
What is the hardest thing about being a professional bodybuilder?
To find balance as a family man. Bodybuilding is a difficult and time-consuming endeavor. Guest posing takes away from family time in addition to food prep, gym time, and even the commute to the gym is time consuming. And let’s not even get into pre-contest prep, the amount of time doubles or even triples. All the time consumption takes me away from my children. I love them very much and when I can’t be with them, it hurts me deeply. When it’s the last two weeks before the show, I don’t want to be bothered. I only want to eat, train, and sleep. I know it’s difficult for them, but I do this so they can have a better quality of life.
What is your easiest body part to develop? How do you keep it in proportion with your other body parts?
My easiest are by far my shoulders. I’m gifted in that body part in that they grow easy, but I still push it to the limit. As far as proportion goes, I make sure that my lagging body parts get a lot of intense work. My back is a prime example of this. I’m not finished with it by any means, but I have accomplished a lot with it since I’ve been on the pro circuit as far as size and detail are concerned. One area that I have been paying a lot of attention to are my legs. I’m excited to see what happens.
What makes a good bodybuilder? What qualities make a good pro bodybuilder?
You have to work to realize your dream. Surround yourself with positive people who want to see you succeed and someone that knows more than you to coach you. You have to have something that mentally gets you going even though you don’t feel that you can. For me, I promised my mother I wouldn’t fail so that’s what gets me going in the gym. And the fans push me also. I think every bodybuilder at every level has some sort of fan base and it only grows the higher you get in the sport. I feed of their energy and enthusiasm when I’m low on my own. Now to make a good pro, take all those qualities and multiply them by 10. It’s not an overnight process.