Clarida seems greater than prepared for one more 212 title.
Shaun “The Giant Killer” Clarida isn’t shy about what he wants to accomplish as a dynamite bodybuilder. The 2-time 212 Olympia winner (2020, 2022) needs to construct a dynasty of championships and finally even surpass James “Flex” Lewis’ all-time report mark of seven titles (2012-2018). Whereas he’s the present clear-cut king of his division, Clarida stays a great distance from such an honor. But, his coaching and physique updates give the impression such an achievement might finally be attainable.
On June 26, 2023, Clarida shared a photograph on his Instagram the place the athlete stated he had a physique weight of 206 kilos. Per Clarida’s caption, the mass packed onto his 5-foot two-inch stature is a “start line,” with the 2023 Olympia in Orlando, FL roughly 20 weeks away on the time of his picture. For some other 212 opponents wishing to unseat Clarida from his throne, that’s an intimidating prospect to think about.
Within the caption of his Instagram, Clarida sounded motivated. A number of current dramatic life modifications — together with the delivery of his daughter and a cross-country transfer from New Jersey to Texas — have added so much to his plate after already competing in and training for both the Arnold Classic (AC) and the Olympia in successive years. Be aware: Lewis plans to have the identical AC and Olympia method in 2023. The athlete completed in fifth place within the Males’s Open class on the 2023 iteration of the AC.
Regardless of the modifications, Clarida gave off the anticipated air of a champion competitor in search of extra greatness earlier than he accelerates his Olympia preparation.
“Regardless of it being one of many busiest years of my life and profession, between doing each the Olympia and the Arnold final season , the delivery of my daughter and shifting my household from New Jersey to Texas, it’s been some of the productive,” Clarida wrote. “The brand new setting, having the gas and motivation with [his daughter] and all the time having a supporting forged of buddies, household, and sponsors have all stored me grounded and centered on the duty and objective come November 3 [the date of the 2023 Olympia contest]. Off to the races we go!”
After Lewis’s run of dominance within the 2010s and a “three-peat” from Kevin English (2009-2011), Clarida stands in third place for essentially the most all-time victories within the 212 Olympia. Ought to Clarida repeat in November, he’ll tie English for second place and inch ever nearer to Lewis’s mark.
Even when Clarida doesn’t win one other 212 title, his place in bodybuilding historical past is already safe. He has confirmed he can thrive on the 212 stage and, in moonlight appearances as a Males’s Open competitor, has additionally fared fairly nicely. Although with each jaw-dropping teaser that Clarida gives from behind the scenes, it appears seemingly this celebrity might be sizzling on the tail of a legend’s seemingly unattainable report quickly sufficient.
Featured picture: @shaunclarida on Instagram