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Regan Grimes Joins Team HD!
By Domenic Mauro
As any athlete insider would, I wanted to get to the truth about what was going on with Regan Grimes and his future plans. I wanted to dispel any rumours and answer some questions the fans want to know: Is he switching categories back to open bodybuilding? Did he switch coaches? When is he competing next? All these questions and more will be answered as you read on.
Regan Grimes has made the decision to leave the coach who helped him turn pro, Chris Aceto. But this isn’t the first time. Previously, Regan switched from Chris, traveled to Kuwait and worked with the Camel Crew, then went back to Chris. I’m sure he has his reasons for doing so. He is still early in his career, and choosing the right coach for him is going to take some trial and error, as it would for anyone. Just because Aceto coached a couple of Olympia winners, that doesn’t mean he’s the right fit for Regan Grimes. Regan is now with Team HD and longtime friend Dorian Hamilton.
I’ve known Dorian since he was a kid looking to break into the industry, so I thought I would give him a call and get his remarks on everything. This is what he had to say:
“Regan and I met at his first bodybuilding show and have been friends ever since. I remember being at the Mississauga championships and thinking who the f–– is this 20-year-old kid! From that time onward, I tried to be a positive influence on Regan’s journey, helping him make some big decisions as both an amateur and a pro.
“In 2014, I connected Regan with Chris Aceto. I did that because, at that time, I was competing in bodybuilding and was working with Chris myself. Coaching was not a priority for me as I owned a couple nutrition stores, so that wasn’t a focus of mine. I knew back then Regan had what it took to be a top pro!
“Over these last few years, I started taking my coaching to another level. I’ve been able to devote more time to my coaching, which has given me more experience and growth as a coach. I strictly do nutrition and supplementation along with cardio recommendations. I do not do any type of personal training or training programs. Yes, Regan and I train as training partners from time to time because we live relatively close and we both own our own gyms. But Regan has always had full control over his training, and I have full confidence he knows his body the best for that.
“In the fall of last year, Regan and I chatted as friends about his future and what he should do as far as competition and career. We both agreed his physique is best suited for the open bodybuilding division. Just a few weeks ago, Regan called me to discuss the opportunity of us working together for his comeback to open bodybuilding! With over 20 weeks to prepare for his next competition, I’m very confident we are going to see a 2.0 version of Regan Grimes!”
Regan also took to social media, announcing his starting point with this post:
CLASSIC Back to OPEN! 24 WEEKS OUT PREP STARTS NOW with @dorian_hamilton - Here is my Starting point it’s time to TRANSFORM! I will be posting these posing videos weekly leading up to the show to track progress! First phase is adding some more lean tissue over the next 8-10 weeks! #HeavyD #RgArmy #Bodybuilding #Posing #24WeeksOut #Youtube
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Personally, I think this is a great match between Regan and Dorian. If Dorian can improve and build Regan as he did Antoine Vaillant, I believe we’re going to see a lot of success come out of this camp. I can’t wait to see the finished product.
Make sure to follow @puremuscleandfitness on Instagram for lots of vids as they take the journey to the IFBB Pro League Wings of Strength Romania Muscle Fest Pro-Am on November 1–3, 2019!
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