But in 1993, not only did Clairmonte qualify for the Olympia, but he finished an eyeopening seventh. Then he completed one of the greatest 12-month turnarounds ever by winning four out of five European Grand Prix contests, including—get this—the English Grand Prix! That’s right, one year after finishing last, behind nobodies, he was first, ahead of legends, including Flex Wheeler and Kevin Levrone (who were second and fifth, respectively, at the 1993 Olympia). He joined his countryman, Dorian Yates, in bodybuilding’s upper echelon.
CLAIRMONTE ON ABS
- “Form is paramount to success. Avoid the common blunder of out-of-control jerking.”
- “Forget about turning your ab workouts into a marathon. Quality, not quantity, is the key.”
- “I like to do some of my crunches and leg raises twisting to work the obliques with the front abs.”
- “Change the order of the exercises from workout to workout, and do the exercises without rest to increase intensity.”
Clairmonte was a paratrooper in the British army.