Shaun Clarida is raising the bar as high as possible as he finalizes preparations for another title defense. In a recent Instagram post shared by his coach Matt Jansen, Clarida showcased freaky striations and fullness under two weeks from the 2023 Mr. Olympia.
Clarida’s career in the IFBB Pro League has been fueled by his relentless work ethic. Despite standing at five-foot-two, the Men’s 212 Bodybuilding talent makes up for it with muscle volume and vascularity rarely seen in the category today.
In his first claim to fame, Clarida clinched the 212 Olympia title in 2020 when he dethroned Kamal Elgargni. Even though he had the best of intentions, Derek Lunsford out-pointed Clarida on the Olympia scorecards in 2021. He welcomed the rematch but Lusnford had other plans. He accepted a special invite for Mr. Olympia and capitalized with a second-place finish whereas Clarida won back 212 gold to become a two-time champ.
As the de-facto number one Mr. Olympia contender, Lunsford’s eyes have remained on the Men’s Open division. Clarida, meanwhile, is mapping out another title defense plan, and from the looks of his physique, room for error is not an option.
Shaun Clarida Blows Fans Away with Full, Freaky, Striated Progress Photo for 2023 Mr. Olympia
Check out Shaun Clarida’s physique update below:
“Year 8, longest team running. #2X” Matt Jansen shared.
Aside from physique updates and workouts, Clarida has been open about his future goals and ambitions. The reigning 212 titleholder admitted that his ultimate plan was to walk away from the sport after breaking seven-time 212 Olympia kingpin Flex Lewis’ record of accomplishments. Should Claudia capture another victory in Orlando, Florida, he would only need four more victories to surpass “The Welsh Dragon.”
Clarida will face a challenging roster of contenders at the upcoming event. Perhaps none more noteworthy than Keone Pearson, who enjoyed a stellar season in 2023. Pearson used his 2022 Olympia sixth-place finish as motivation. He transformed his physique and took gold with a career-best package at the prestigious 2023 Texas Pro.
Pearson plans to put on a show for fans and while he’s eager to test himself against Clarida, he understands it will take the perfect level of conditioning, fullness, separation, and shape. Given that Pearson possesses all of these characteristics, he could no doubt push Clarida when it’s time to step on stage.
The 2023 Mr. Olympia competition will feature 11 categories battling for the sport’s most coveted prize. Clarida, alongside his teammate Nick Walker, will aim to go 2-0 on the sport’s greatest stage November 2-5.