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The Giant Killer's Playbook: How IFBB Pro Shaun Clarida Started in Bodybuilding

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


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