This is the first in an ongoing series of articles by IFBB Pro Shaun Clarida, the Giant Killer. He'll be writing about his journey as a pro bodybuilder, his workout routines and food prep/diet.

I began getting into weight training my junior year of high school when I joined the wrestling team. I wasn't the biggest guy nor the tallest, so I wanted to add a bit of muscle to my 103lb frame and decided the gym was the best option. However, it wasn't until I reached college where I got serious and understood the concept of proper weight training and nutrition.

My college wrestling coach insisted that I put on weight if I wanted a chance to wrestle at the 125lbs weight class. Being 5'2", 110lbs wasn't going to cut it. From that day forward, I hit the gym hard everyday and pounded the food and slowly my weight increased.

IFBB Pro Shaun Clarida in Heyday Footwear at Olympia 2016

In the midst of everything, I met a bodybuilder in my gym and he convinced me that my physique was good enough to win a bodybuilding contest. Hesitant at first, I agreed to let him train me for the show and three months later I competed at the NPC Mid-Atlantic Championships, where I placed 3rd out of 5 and it was then that I was bit by the bug. I quit wrestling and focused solely on bodybuilding from that day forward.

Here I am now, 38 shows, both locally and internationally under my belt and an IFBB Professional Bodybuilder, sponsored athlete and 2x Olympian. Eleven years ago, all of this wasn't even a thought in my mind. I'm excited for how great my career has been thus far and I'm even more excited for what the future holds.

- IFBB Pro Shaun Clarida