Hidetada Yamagishi

Height: 5’ 7” Hair: Black

Weight: 240(Off season) 220(contest) Eyes: Brown

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 accupancture therapy school to have national license.

Hide had been battling in so many shows not only in Japan but also in the world championships and Asian championships. After he won the first prize in 2001 Asian championships. He decided to step forward to the pro rank. At that time, no one could believe any Japanese or Asian guy could be top pro or be the Mr.Olympia contender. Many people in this industry tried to persuade him not to turn pro because they thought there was no chance for him! Like many people predicted, Hide had trouble to be in top 15 in just a small show in the first couple of years but end of the year 2006, Hide finally got chance and cracked into top 4 in Holland GrandPrix show. In 2007, Hide made history to be the first Japanese to step on the Mr.Olympia stage(13th place). He was also invited to the Arnold classic where no Japanese ever competed before him. In 2009, Hide was finally rising into the top contender as to be runner up in 2 pro shows and 9th place in Mr.Olympia.

Hide also has been on many TV show, commercial, Radio and various kind of magazine in Japan. The biggest TV show He was in was Japanse version American Gladiator named BANG! BANG!! BANG!!!(Fuji Television) in 1996. He was a one of the Gladiator named TIGER. Hide was regular commentator of famous sports TV show named JUNK SPORTS(Fuji Television).

For many people, Hide is the living proof that if you believe you can achieve!

Interview July 2007

Full Name: Hidetada Yamagishi
Height: 5'6   Weight Off Season: 230lbs   Weight On Season: 220lbs
1. How long have you been competing:
I have been competing since I was a college student, so all together about 14 years.
2. What first inspired you to compete?
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.
3. What continues to inspire you to compete?
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.
4. What does your daily routine look like?
I used to do some personal training when I was living in Japan but I am very lucky to have moved to Southern California last December to train with my mentor Milos Sarcev. Now, I can put 100% of my focus on improving and preparing for my competitions.
My daily routine (not pre contest) is like this,
6:00amCardio 30min
7:00ammeal1: 1 bagel, 5 whole egg, water
10:00ammeal2: Oatmeal, whey protein shake
12:00pmPre workout drink (KNS Preload)
Training (During workout drink, KNS XXplode)
2:30pmPost workout drink (KNS Reload)
3:30pmmeal3: Rice, Steak, water
6:30pmmeal4: Rice, Chicken, water
8:00pmdeep tissue massage(once a week)
10:00pmmeal5: Rice, Fish, water
0:00amWhey protein shake
When I'm preparing for a contest, I train twice a day.
5. What is your weekly workout?
It always changes depending on many factors but here is a sample weekly workout.
Hamstrings and calves(night)
6. What is your weekly diet?
I eat clean all year round, maintaining a daily intake of minimum of 700g of carbs and 400g of protein a day.
Milos emphasizes the importance of keeping a food journal. I write down everything I eat. That way I know exactly how much protein, carbs and fat I consume everyday to monitor my progress and condition.
7. What is your philosophy on training?
At Milos Sarcev's Koloseum gym, 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!
8. What question are you asked the most? What is your answer?
From people not familiar with bodybuilding, I'm often asked general questions like “do you shave?" or “do you put oil on the stage?", naturally my answer is YES.
From people in the gym or know about bodybuilding, it's usually about my statistics or training. Although. I guess "how much do you weight?" or “What are you training today?"
is synonymous to a friendly “hello" in the gym rather than a question..
9. What is your biggest accomplishment?
Of course, for every bodybuilder, Mr.Olympia is the biggest accomplishment, so I was very excited when I qualified for The O this year at Sacramento. The other memorable accomplishment is when I finally got my pro card in 2003.
10. Are you involved in your community? What do you do?
I have been here in California less than a year so I am looking for something I can be involved. I have some friends in the Japanese community in LA so I sometimes do guest appearances for the nursing home.
11. What is your advice for competitors starting out?
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.
12. What is your advice for the average person trying to be fit?
If you want to lose fat and increase or maintain muscle mass at the same time, nutrition is the most important factor. I've never seen anyone in shape no matter how hard they train if they aren't watching their diet. Avoid fatty foods, keep your protein intake high (3time to body weight(kg)) and after 5or 6pm you better avoid high carb food.
13. What is ‘your secret weapon' for those who want to be in shape?
People always want to hear that there is a secret to being in shape but sorry I think the secret is “no secret". Diligence and hard work is your weapon!
14. Personal Website
15. Any additional info
I really appreciate Gaspari Nutrition, my sponcor who supports me through everything. Also, I wouldn't be in this position without the help and knowledge of my mentor Milos Sarcev, his family and the people in Koloseum gym. Thank you always!

Work Availability

  • Guest posing/ Guest appearance
  • Fitness modeling
  • Training & Nutrition Seminar
  • Personal Training
  • Hide is always in good shape in whole year around and one of the best poser in the industry.
    Hide has been training people for over 10 years and has done so many training and nutrition seminars not only in Japan but also in the whole world.