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Old 04-18-2012, 08:53 AM   #1
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Elite natural bodybuilder Shaun Clarida doing 500x6 squats.

He is 5'2", 160.

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Old 04-18-2012, 09:00 AM   #2
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Insanity. This will be me in the future, only ill be a lil heavier haha.
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Here's a pattern. Elite level natural bodybuilders Shaun Clarida, Layne Norton and Doug Miller are all insanely strong.

Discuss....

These guys all work hard. I mean really hard. When I interviewed Shaun I think he was training 2.5 hours a day.
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2.5 hours a day? thats overtraining!....kidding. I think our enhanced brethren can get away with being weaker, but as a natty i think you need to be seriosuly strong to build serious mass.
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A typical day in the gym can last anywhere from 2-3 1/2 hours. I typically train 6-8 exercises per body part for about 4-5 sets. My rep range is from 20-6. In-season, I incorporate drop sets on pretty much everything.
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2-1/2 hours a day of high intensity strength training? Seriously, who has THAT kind of natural recovery ability? That's some serious super-human ability right there.
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2-1/2 hours a day of high intensity strength training? Seriously, who has THAT kind of natural recovery ability? That's some serious super-human ability right there.
No way I could ever do it.

After 60 minutes I start to think about food.
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@160lbs that guy is insanely strong.
I always have to just shake my head when people say things like "you don't need to focus on strength if you are bodybuilding".
It's just such an excuse/line of BS.
And all I have to do is point to guys like this (clarida, norton, etc).

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Here's a pattern. Elite level natural bodybuilders Shaun Clarida, Layne Norton and Doug Miller are all insanely strong.

Discuss....

These guys all work hard. I mean really hard. When I interviewed Shaun I think he was training 2.5 hours a day.
I don't think there is any coincidence here. For a natural lifter to build muscle they have to get stronger. Let me rephrase so I'm not being absolute, a very effective way for a natural lifter to build muscle is to focus on incresing strength.

My thoughts on the 2.5 hour daily sessions:
I couldn't do it either.
I think the difference is that these guys are able to tune there whole lifestyle around recovering from these 2.5 hour sessions.
I am assuming they do this for a living, while most of us are distracted by careers and other things, they spend there days focused on diet and recovery.
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