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Hidetada Yamagishi Biography

Full Name: Hidetada Yamagishi
Nickname: Hide
Place of Birth: Sapporo /Japan
Date of Birth: June 30th/1973
Residence: Los Angeles CA
Height: 5′ 5″ /165cm
Contest Weight: 220lbs/100kg
Off-Season Weight: 240lbs/108kg

Hidetada Hide (pronounced’ Hee-day’) Yamagishi was born in Hokkaido Japan, where is northern island of Japan. It is not big and modern city like Tokyo or Osaka but there are still a lot of nature. Hide always had been very active to play many kind of sports since he was a little kid, started with baseball, soccer, gymnastics, Syourin Kunfu Black belt, Judo then Rugby football. When Hide played Rugby football in high school, he finally met his passion, Barbell and Dumbbell! He had been always muscular since he was little but really skinny before started lifting weight but by the time he graduated from high school, he gained almost 50lbs of muscle on his 5-7 frame.

Hide decided to start competing as a bodybuilder when he was in Waseda University in Tokyo where he had degree of sports nutrition science. In his second year of serious training, he already won the national college championships and defended this title a year after. Hide keeps
competing after graduated from Waseda University, working as a successful personal trainer which, at that time, there were not many personal trainer out there in Japan so Hide is one of the originator. Hide also graduated from 3 years of acupuncture therapy school to have national license.

Goals set and reached for 2009
My main goal for 2009 was to make the top ten at the Mr. Olympia contest. I placed thirteenth the first time I competed there in 2007, and getting that close only made me want to break into the top ten that much more. I knew it was going to be a very tough lineup – everybody was saying this all year long! With Jay, Dexter, Heath, Kai, Victor, Branch, Toney, and so many other great competitors, I knew it would not be easy. But I felt very confident that if I worked as hard as I could and kept improving, I could do it. 2009 was the best season ever for me as a pro. I took top five in all four contests I did leading up to the Mr. Olympia. Placing second in Orlando and Atlantic City was really rewarding. Of course I wanted to win those shows, but for me to go from not being able to make top fifteen at smaller shows only three years ago to this was amazing. The New York Pro was also a good achievement even though I took fifth place there. Except for Silvio, all the guys who beat me there were 30-60 pounds heavier. Considering I was only eight pounds heavier than the 202 winner at the New York Pro, it felt good that I was able to compare with the really huge guys. But this was not a coincidence. 2009 was the first year I lived in the USA the whole time. I trained at two of the best bodybuilding gyms in the world, Gold’s Gym in Venice, California and Koloseum Gym in Fullerton. And a few weeks before the Mr. Olympia, I signed on as an athlete with Gaspari Nutrition. The season ended perfectly when I got ninth place at the Mr. Olympia. There were a lot of guys I was able to beat there who had very impressive competitive records, and they had all beaten me before: Dennis James, Silvio Samuel, Markus Ruhl, Melvin Anthony, Gustavo Badell, Dennis Wolf, Troy Alves, and Darrem Charles. I wasn’t supposed to beat any of them at the Mr. Olympia, but I did!

Looking forward
I just got the call from Jim Lorimer, so I will be competing in the Arnold Classic in a couple months. That was exciting, because it’s an invitation-only contest and every pro wants to do it. After 2009, I know I can hold my condition all season long, so I will probably do every single IFBB show held in America this year: the Phoenix Pro, the Arnold, the Orlando show, the New York Pro, the Europa, and the Atlantic City before finishing up again at the Mr. Olympia. I have a lot more confidence going into the 2010 season than I ever have, because now I know I can be one of the best in the world even if I am not as big as a lot of the other guys. And now that I have the support of DaddyRoids and their products, I feel like nothing can stop me!

See Hidetada Yamagishi’s Competition History

Bodybuilding Background

How long have you been into Bodybuilding?

Since I was 20years old. 16 years!

How did you get started?

I played rugby in my teens. I wanted to gain weight to enhance my performance. At the time, I only weighed around 130lbs but through weight training, I was able to gain almost 50lbs by time I graduated from high school. After I graduated, I was looking for something new I could pour my energy into, and finally found my passion, bodybuilding.

Why do you train?

I love to train to see how much I improve everyday.

What motivates you?

I’m a very goal oriented person. I need that adrenaline rush of challenges and working towards a goal. I love to train but what motivates me to work harder every day to bring my physique to the next level is competition and having certain goals to improve myself.

What are your goals?

Short term goal is to be top 6 in Mr.Olympia 2009. Long term goal is to have my own gym and help people.

What are the underlying principles behind your approach to bodybuilding competition?

It’s always an “all or nothing” mentality. There is no such thing as “impossible”. We train hard everyday; and even harder the next day!

What advice would you give to someone who is just getting started as a serious bodybuilding competitor?

Learn as much as possible about training and nutrition. There’s a lot you can learn by trial and error, so write down every training and meals to find out what works or doesn’t work for you.

As far as competition goes, try to bring your best condition/package every time to stage and focus on your improvements compared to the last competition. I advise not to be overly focused on the placing or winning because that’s what the judges are there for. Save the stress and time complaining about it; it’s not for you to decide who should be the winner, but it is your job to be your best. Always ask judges for constructive criticism on how you can improve for the next show.

Favorite Body part(s): Biceps and Quads
Favorite Body part to train: Quads and Back
Favorite Exercise(s): Squat, Leg Press, T-bar row, Bench Press…too many to mention!
Favorite Cheat food(s): Ramen Noodle, Korean BBQ, Pizza, Curry rice…
Favorite Movie(s): Last Samurai, Rocky, Forest Gump
Favorite TV show(s): 24, Nip/Tuck
Favorite Actor(s): Cameron Diaz
Favorite Sport(s): Rugby, MMA, Track & Field (just watching lol!)
Favorite Music to train to: Heavymetal

Sample Off-Season Training per Body Part:

Quads: Leg Extension, Leg Press, Hack Squat, Squat
Chest: Incline Bench Press, Dumbbell Bench Press, Hummer strength Decline press, Cable Cross Over.
Back: Lat Pull Down, T-bar Row, Barbell Row, Cable Row
Ham and Calves: Leg Curl, Stiff leg Deadlift, Seated Leg Curl, Lunges, Standing Calf raise, Seated Calf raise.
Delts: Side raise, Front raise, Seated front press, Rear raise, Upright Row
Arms: Barbell Curl/Press down, Incline Dumbbell Curl/Skull Crusher, Scott Curl/Dumbbell French press(Super set)

Sample Pre-Contest Training per Body Part:

Same as off-season. I don’t change workout. I just add cardio in the morning and after woukout.

Amateur and Pro Competitive History:

2010Pro Bodybuilding Weekly ChampionshipsOpen7th
 New York ProOpen2nd
 Europa Show of Champions – OrlandoOpen1st
 Arnold ClassicOpen8th
 Pheonix ProOpen2nd
2009Ironman Pro 4th
 Orlando Pro 2nd
 NY Pro 5th
 Atlantic City Pro – IFBB 2nd
 IFBB Mr. Olympia 9th
2008Atlantic City Pro – IFBB 9th
2007Arnold Classic – IFBB 13th
 Atlantic City Pro – IFBB 9th
 Grand Prix Australia – IFBB 5th
 Ironman Pro Invitational – IFBB 7th
 Olympia – IFBB 13th
 Sacramento Pro Championships – IFBB 3rd
2006Grand Prix Austria – IFBB 12th
 Grand Prix Holland – IFBB 4th
 Grand Prix Romania – IFBB 6th
 Ironman Pro Invitational – IFBB Did not place
 San Francisco Pro Invitational – IFBB 11th
 Santa Susanna Pro – IFBB 12th
2005Ironman Pro Invitational – IFBB Did not place
2002Asian GamesLight-MiddleWeight4th
 Mr Japan – JBBF 3rd
 Japan Nationals – JBBFMiddleWeight1st
 World Amateur Championships – IFBBWelterWeight10th
2001Asian Amateur Championships – IFBBLight-MiddleWeight1st
 Mr Japan – JBBF 2nd
 Japan Nationals – JBBF 1st
 World Games – IFBBMiddleWeight5th
2000Mr Japan – JBBF 3rd
 World Amateur Championships – IFBBWelterWeight6th
1999Asian Amateur Championships – IFBBLight-MiddleWeight4th
 Japan Nationals – JBBFMiddleWeight2nd
1998Japan Nationals – JBBFMiddleWeight2nd

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