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By Two-Time 212 Olympia Champion Shaun Clarida

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Q: Several people have recommended “touch-up training,” a technique where you add just a few sets for lagging body parts at the end of every workout. Have you ever tried this, and do you think it works?

A: I did try this years ago thanks to my coach back then, the late John Meadows. Hamstrings were an area he really wanted me to bring up, so he had me doing two to three sets of lying leg curls at the end of my back days. I will still do forearms at the end of back or arm days to get them better. I’m big on using added frequency in general when it’s needed. Chest has always been an issue for me and I’m always trying to improve it. I have two chest days. As I write this, today is my heavy compound chest day with all dumbbells. I’ll come back a few days later and do what John used to call a “pump day” with more machines and cables. The rest periods are shorter on pump day and the reps are higher because the goal is to get as much blood into the muscle as possible in the shortest amount of time. Getting back to your question, I would try a few sets of a lagging body part at the end of another workout. I believe it will definitely help.

Weird Workouts on TikTok

Q: The basics have worked so well for so many people for so many years to build size and strength, but I see so many fitness influencers making up weird and complicated exercises for fresh content on their IG, TikTok, and YouTube platforms. Do you feel that these men and women are having the wrong type of influence for the people out there who still need to build a solid foundation?

A: You can say “to each their own,” but you can’t argue the fact that the basics like squats, bench presses, and deadlifts have worked for many decades and all the champions have done them. That’s how we all built our bases. I hate seeing people trying to reinvent the wheel coming up with bizarre variations on exercises. It’s all for show. But you know what? If it works for you and you are seeing improvements in the mirror, by all means keep trying those. Just know that the basics have worked for millions of people, and they will keep working.

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Q: Shaun, you have been known for consistently getting into excellent condition for years now. I hear about the importance of counting calories when trying to get lean so that you are sure you are in a caloric deficit. Do you weigh and measure everything you eat when you’re dieting and tally up the calories, or have you done this for so long that you are able to just estimate portion sizes by looking at them?

A: I don’t count calories, but I do weigh all my food. Having been competing for almost 20 years now, I can eyeball portion sizes and come very close. But because I am so anal about doing everything perfectly and I always want to be in the best condition possible, I still weigh everything I’m going to eat. You can’t leave anything to chance when you’re trying to be the best in the world at what you do.

Close to Show, I Eat Less

Q: I remember another 212 legend, Jose Raymond talking about how he liked to see how little he could get away with eating toward the end of a prep. Do you do that, or do you keep the food high until the very end?

A: Honestly, I prefer to eat less as I get close to a show. I know my body very well, and the less I eat the better I personally look. That’s why I love morning shows. I get up and literally have half or a quarter of a meal and I’m ready to go. Some guys need to fill out with tons of food. I’m the complete opposite as my coach Matt Jansen will confirm. The more he sucks me down with less food and water, the more I pop. I keep my roundness, and my condition and core are both tight. It really freaks me out seeing people eating junk like Pop-Tarts and doughnuts backstage. That stuff would destroy my stomach! I suspect a lot of guys don’t really need a ton of food to fill out either, but they are afraid to try eating less.

So-Called ‘Fake Natties’ Aren’t Fooling Anybody

Q: Does it bother you to see “fake natties,” men or women who are clearly using PEDs to anyone who knows what the enhanced look is yet claim to be drug free, or do you shrug it off? After all, you were a legitimate drug-free bodybuilder for years yourself.

A: It doesn’t faze me or bother me whatsoever. People can say or claim whatever they want. I know what I have and haven’t done. I started training naturally and competed naturally from 2005 until 2012. I was a WNBF pro and was drug tested many times. I don’t care if anyone wants to make false claims. That’s on them, and it doesn’t affect my life one way or another. It puzzles me how many people are obsessed with “Natty or Not” debates on YouTube videos. A lot of times the subject is a movie star. It’s not like they are in the Olympics or trying to compete in natural bodybuilding, so why do they care? Maybe it’s more relevant when the person in question is trying to sell you something like a program or a supplement and telling you it’s why they look the way they do, but we all have eyes. Those of us who have been around a while know what natty looks like, and we also know what the enhanced look is. They aren’t fooling anybody.

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Failures in Business: The Unseen Stepping Stones to Success

Equally significant is the need for businesses to remain vigilant about broader shifts in both domestic and global markets. Macro factors, whether they’re economic trends, geopolitical events, or emerging global challenges, can have profound ripple effects, impacting even the most niche industries. By staying abreast of these larger market dynamics, businesses can better anticipate risks, adapt to challenges, and capitalize on new opportunities. In an ever-globalizing world, the ability to navigate both the nuances of one’s immediate market and the broader global shifts is what separates thriving enterprises from those that falter.

TACTICAL Takeaway: Stay sharp and monitor your industry’s trends. When things shift, being ahead in understanding consumer habits offers you the flexibility to adjust and succeed. Things can change rapidly and the sooner you have insight into consumer behavior changes, the more opportunities you have to pivot.


Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

The sports nutrition industry is an interesting, fast-paced vertical where what’s old can quickly become new again but also what worked yesterday likely won’t work tomorrow.

It might seem counterintuitive, but it’s spot-on. Take creatine as an example. It hit the shelves in the early 1990s and quickly became a hit. Yet, a decade later, its demand had waned. Jump another decade to today, and it’s back more popular than ever.

TACTICAL Takeaway: The key for businesses is knowing when to go all-in on a product and when to ease off, as it’s the ever-changing consumer market that truly drives demand.

Never Rest On Your Laurels

Just because something “has always worked” doesn’t mean it’s going to continue to work (or continue to work as efficiently).

In the dynamic world of business, the saying “never rest on your laurels” holds more truth than ever. What propelled a company to success yesterday might not necessarily be the formula for its tomorrow’s success. Market demands, technological innovations, and consumer preferences are in a perpetual state of evolution. While a particular strategy or product might have been a game-changer at one point, there’s no guarantee that it will remain relevant or effective in the future. This inherent unpredictability underscores the need for adaptability and forward-thinking in any business endeavor.

This reality pushes companies to be proactive, always forecasting and adjusting to the next potential shift. Relying solely on past successes can lull businesses into complacency, risking obsolescence in the face of changing tides.

TACTICAL Takeaway: To remain competitive and relevant, businesses need to cultivate a culture of continuous learning, innovation, and agility. In essence, the past can inform and guide, but it’s the vision and readiness for the future that will determine enduring success.

Embracing The Journey

To any entrepreneur reading this: the road to success is rarely a straight one. At times, it may seem like every decision leads to a dead end. But remember, every misstep is an opportunity to learn, grow, and pivot.

The trials you face in business are not meant to discourage you. Instead, they are meant to shape you, refine your vision, and improve your strategy. As the age-old adage goes, “smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” It’s the challenges that will arm you with the experience and resilience necessary for long-term success.

So, the next time you face a setback, remember that your next big success could be just around the corner. Embrace failure as a part of the process, learn from your mistakes, and continue pushing forward with a renewed sense of purpose and determination.

Lastly, don’t forget to enjoy the journey. With so much time spent working and navigating challenges, it’s essential to find joy and have fun along the way.


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Negativity Is a Losing Mindset

By Marc Lobliner


‘A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.’

I coach my son’s U11 football team. I am just the line coach, but the dudes who coach with me are also in the same mindset as I am.

Positivity wins.

Let’s start off with last weekend’s game.

It’s 0-0, the opening kickoff is a short one and we fall on it.

You can hear our coaches getting our kids fired up and getting the offense ready for play. POSITIVE statements. A lot of “Let’s Go!” and energy.

On the other sideline, you hear the coaches angrily yelling at their players for the execution of the kick.

First play from scrimmage, our line makes every block and opens the outside for our running back to score.

You hear their coaches furiously yelling as we celebrate.

We celebrated and our fullback punched in the extra point.

After the kickoff, our defense held them to four and out. We got the ball again, touchdown. Extra point good.

14-0 in two offensive plays.s

Their coaches were still mad. Angry. Yelling.

We smiled, encouraged our kids, and ended up with a 42-0 mercy-rule win.

Our players are awesome, but not the biggest, not the fastest, not the strongest.

It’s all about culture and what you’re playing for.

We demand a lot of our athletes. Learn your plays, DO YOUR JOB, and we will win.

Every Tuesday after we win, I buy my linemen doughnuts and give them to everyone, telling them that a random lineman (changes weekly) said everyone deserves doughnuts. We don’t punish every mistake with extra running and up-downs. We focus on what we do RIGHT, and not what we do wrong.

The other game one of my linemen got called for a hold. He came off the field expecting to be scolded. I put my arm around him and said, “What happened?” He explained it and then I said, “You’re better than that guy, you don’t need to hold. Show the world how dominant you are!” He didn’t get one call the rest of the game and crushed it.

This is also my management style at work. Managers are usually garbage. You can do 1,000 things right and you mess up once and your manager attacks you.

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Employees typically respond better to positivity, and numerous studies have found that positive reinforcement and a positive work environment can significantly improve employee motivation, performance, and well-being. Here are some reasons why, supported by various studies:

Increased Productivity: According to a study conducted by the University of Warwick, happiness led to a 12% spike in productivity, while unhappy workers were 10% less productive. The research shows that human happiness has large and positive causal effects on productivity.

Better Decision-Making Abilities: Research from the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center found that individuals who were induced to feel positive emotions were better at problem-solving and making decisions than those in a neutral state.

Boosts Creativity: Positive emotions widen attention and allow people to think more broadly and openly. This is discussed in the “broaden-and-build theory” by Barbara Fredrickson, which suggests that positive emotions broaden an individual’s momentary thought-action repertoires.

Enhanced Team Collaboration: A study from MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory found that teams that communicate effectively, with members actively reaching out and connecting with all other team members, were more successful. Positive interactions contribute to this dynamic.

Reduced Employee Turnover: According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), a positive work environment and culture encourages employees to stay longer in their jobs, thus reducing turnover rates. This is KEY at where our staff has mostly been there for 5+ years!

Better Health & Well-being: A study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology found that positive work environments and low job stress are linked to better health outcomes for employees, which in turn can lead to reduced absenteeism and increased productivity.

Increased Engagement: According to Gallup, workers who are engaged and have high well-being are more likely to be attached to their organizations and are more productive.

Enhanced Learning & Flexibility: Research in the field of positive psychology has shown that positive emotions can facilitate adaptive thinking and flexibility in cognitive processing. This helps employees adapt to new situations and learn more effectively.

Higher Levels of Satisfaction: A study by BrightHR found that happiness is a key indicator of job satisfaction. Happy employees are more likely to report high levels of satisfaction with their jobs than those who report low levels of happiness.

Creates a Positive Feedback Loop: A study published in The Journal of Positive Psychology found that experiencing positive emotions leads to higher levels of resilience, which in turn leads to increased positive emotions. This positive feedback loop has a myriad of beneficial effects in the workplace.

How about parenting?

Same thing. PRAISE YOUR CHILD! Make sure they know you love them. While bad behavior should be addressed, be sure to also reward good behavior. Kid had a good day at school? Get him ice cream! Tell him you love him. Say you’re proud of him.

As my mother said, “You catch more flies with honey than with crap.”

And one can’t deny the lifelong impact of a good coach. As the sign in the office says, “A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.”

Be positive and be a winner!

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