There might not be a more appropriate nickname in the sport than the one bestowed on the man known as “The Giant Killer,” Shaun Clarida. Standing just 5’2 and packing all 150 pounds of dynamite onstage, Clarida has earned himself the reputation as one of the best ‘little’ men in bodybuilding.
After years of battling it out on the amateur and professional circuits as one of the best natural competitors this side of the Mediterranean, Clarida decided to turn his efforts toward earning his IFBB Pro Card. In 2011 he began dismantling the competition in the NPC, culminating with a win at the Team Universe. Then, at the 2012 Nationals, Clarida finally managed to snag a pro card which many felt was long overdue.
Last year The Giant Killer made his pro debut at the New York Pro, in a very tough 212 class that was ultimately won by the emerging Aaron Clark. With another strong offseason under his belt now, and new guidance under coach John Meadows, Clarida looks to be heading back to the New York Metropolitan Arena in just about ten weeks, and bringing with him a sizable amount of new and quality stage-weight.
While a win in front of his home crowd is unlikely, it seems like there’s a very good chance that the perpetually shredded Shaun Clarida will take the stage and slay some a few members of the unsuspecting competition, in similar fashion to Marvin Ward in 2011, when he shocked everyone and came in 3rd, only behind two other ‘little’ guys, Flex Lewis and Jose Raymond.
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