Clarida seems greater than prepared for an additional 212 title.
Shaun “The Large Killer” Clarida isn’t shy about what he desires to perform as a dynamite bodybuilder. The 2-time 212 Olympia winner (2020, 2022) desires to construct a dynasty of championships and finally even surpass James “Flex” Lewis’ all-time document mark of seven titles (2012-2018). Whereas he’s the present clear-cut king of his division, Clarida stays a good 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 mentioned 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 another 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 latest dramatic life modifications — together with the delivery of his daughter and a cross-country transfer from New Jersey to Texas — have added loads to his plate after already competing in and coaching for each the Arnold Traditional (AC) and the Olympia in successive years. Word: Lewis plans to have the identical AC and Olympia strategy 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 looking for 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 one of the productive,” Clarida wrote. “The brand new setting, having the gasoline and motivation with [his daughter] and all the time having a supporting solid of pals, household, and sponsors have all stored me grounded and centered on the duty and aim 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 degree and, in moonlight appearances as a Males’s Open competitor, has additionally fared fairly nicely. Although with each jaw-dropping teaser that Clarida offers from behind the scenes, it appears doubtless this famous person shall be scorching on the tail of a legend’s seemingly unattainable document quickly sufficient.
Featured picture: @shaunclarida on Instagram