Clarida is ready to compete with the massive boys.
In his present aggressive ventures, Shaun Clarida has little to prove. The bodybuilder has received two of the final three 212 Olympia titles (2020, 2022) and, as he maintains his impeccable physique with diligent nutrition and training, he appears destined to proceed stated reign for so long as he pleases. Nevertheless, in the interim, the athlete may be able to problem himself and take a look at ventures exterior his common snug scope. He’s implied as a lot by competing within the upcoming 2023 Arnold Classic within the Males’s Open division.
A current replace on his 2023 AC preparation suggests Clarida is about to maximise this chance. On Jan. 31, 2023, Clarida posted an image to his Instagram profile the place he wrote that his physique weight within the picture is 190 kilos (86 kilograms).
“We ain’t hiding for this one. Able to shake issues up in Ohio!”
With the 2023 AC roughly 5 weeks on Mar. 2-5, 2023, in Columbus, OH, Clarida’s current mass — together with stacked lat muscles on his 5-foot 2-inch body— makes it seem he may push his bigger friends.
Based on NPC News Online, the 2023 AC is not going to be the primary occasion the place Clarida competes within the Males’s Open division. His earlier and solely different look within the class occurred on the 2021 Legion Sports activities Fest Professional, the place he got here in first place. In any other case, the bodybuilder has been a 212 athlete in 22 of 25 profession contests.
Some within the bodybuilding neighborhood have surmised that Clarida would ultimately work towards a everlasting shift to the Males’s Open division. In 2022, the athlete didn’t quell these rumors till mid-November, noting he had “unfinished business” en path to his second 212 Olympia title the next month. On the time of this writing, Clarida hasn’t made his plans clear for the 2023 Mr. Olympia — set for this November in Orlando, FL. He could select to chase a repeat championship and his third 212 victory within the final 4 years. Or he would possibly comply with within the footsteps of the peer who supplanted him for the 212 title in 2021, Derek Lunsford, and attempt to shine on the Males’s Open degree below brighter lights.
What Clarida’s berth within the 2023 AC would possibly recommend (a $300,000 prize notwithstanding) is that he’s now critically contemplating making a transfer. He could possibly be beginning a brand new journey in his illustrious profession in due time.
No matter the place Clarida takes his profession subsequent and the way he fares on the 2023 AC, it’s obvious that this titan isn’t planning to fade into obscurity any time quickly. Be it within the 212 or the Males’s Open, Clarida is liable to proceed making noise on monumental levels for the foreseeable future.
Featured picture: @shaunclarida on Instagram