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Hide Yamagishi Returns to his Roots

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Since 2002, when he won the World Amateur Championships, Hidetada Yamagishi has been on the IFBB radar in a big way. With a stellar career spanning over 15 years of competing, Hide, aka “The Dragon” or “The Ultimate Warrior,” has made a name for himself not just because of his jaw-dropping physique but also because of the barriers he’s broken. He was the first Asian bodybuilder to compete at the Mr. Olympia, and the first one to be invited to the Arnold Classic. He’s clawed his way from humble beginnings—coming to America not speaking any English, receiving back-to-back DNPs at the Ironman Pro in 2005 and 2006, and placing 13th at his first Arnold Classic—to owning the 212 division of most contests he enters, including a win at the 2016 Arnold Classic.

When he first came to America, he trained under the tutelage of the great Milos Sarcev. In 2006, Hide moved from his home country of Japan to train under "The Minds" guidance of Milos Sarcev in Fullerton, CA. Milos is known for training intensely (read: insanely) and for popularizing the art of 'giant sets.' He's helped notavle pros like Dennis Wolf and Dennis James achieve championship physiques, and as previously stated, used to help Hide too. In preparation for his return to the 2018 Arnold Classic stage, Hidetada has one back to his roots, and hired Milos once again to get him back to trophy worthy form!

Check out some of their training footage here, and follow along the next 8 weeks of their journey!