Shaun Clarida shares crazy off-season workout for legs

Shaun Clarida goes through a massive leg workout day.

Shaun Clarida shares his heavy off-season training as he prepares for Olympia 2022. Looking to pull off a major upset in the Men’s Open Division, Clarida is going to great lengths to pack on some serious muscle.

Shaun Clarida is an absolute beast, to say the least. The former reigning 212 champion wowed the bodybuilding world when he took to the stage in the Men’s Open division. Not only did Clarida progress, but he won and qualified for Olympia 2022. The feat is far from trivial. With the qualification, Clarida argues that she is an excellent pound-for-pound bodybuilder.

Hoping to prove he can be the next “giant slayer,” Shaun Clarida has been working hard to fine-tune his physique. Although he says he can still compete in the 212 Division, Clarida will still need to build quality muscle if he hopes to compete with Big Ramy and Brandon Curry.

How he can stand out

It’s no secret that Shaun Clarida will be one of the smallest bodybuilders to hit the stage in the Men’s Open division. Despite this fact, Clarida still has the opportunity to cause a huge surprise. But how will he go about it?


One of the most conditioned athletes in bodybuilding, Shaun Clarida never fails to show up on stage diced and shredded. While he may not be able to outrun the opposition, Clarida has the ability to come forward with better conditioning.

Stage day training

But while conditioning may be the key to Shaun Clarida’s victory, that doesn’t mean he isn’t getting bigger yet. During a recent intense leg workout, Clarida is looking to bulk up. While he may not lift a ridiculous amount of weight, his strategy will still prove useful in building quality muscle.

“Leg day. Everyone’s favorite day of the week,” Shaun Clarida said. “We have some new toys in the gym that you’ll be seeing shortly. Pretty basic today. Again, today is my main quad tune-up day. So you’re going to see a lot of moves for the quads, one or two for the hamstrings. My second hamstring is also later in the week. Stage day, not much to say, let’s go.

Full day training

  • Seated calves Machine1st set 10 reps, 2nd set 10 reps, 3rd set 8 reps
  • Standing calf stretch
  • Hip abduction device — 1st set 12 reps, 2nd set 12 reps, 3rd set 10 reps, 4th set 12 reps
  • Seated Hamstring/Leg Curl Machine — 1st set 11 reps, 2nd set 11 reps, 10 reps
  • Leg extension machine – 1st set 20 reps, 2nd set 25 reps, 3rd set 15 reps 4th set 15 reps with 10 partials
  • Pendulum squat machine — 1st set 8 reps, 2nd set 7 reps, 3rd set 8 reps 4th set 6 reps
  • Lying Leg Press — 1st set 10 reps, 2nd set 8 reps, 3rd set 10 reps
  • Romanian Stiff-Legged Dumbbell Deadlift — 1st set 10 reps, 2nd set 10 reps
  • Slots with chain — 1st set 18 reps, 2nd set 15 reps, 3rd set 30 reps

To see his full day workout, click here.

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