I've had the distinct pleasure of sharing a few meals and conducting a few interviews with IFBB Pro Hidetada Yamagishi. Ever the humble man, Yamagishi makes it very clear he is not here to fool around. He's a man on a mission: to represent his country and compete in being the best bodybuilder in the world. At the same time, he would give you the shirt off his back if so needed.
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Yamagishi competes at around 220lbs on stage. And that's usually at the start of the season dropping a few pounds near the end of the season. Personally, I thought we had seen the best of Yamagishi in 2011 and didn't expect much of him this year. (He's getting older and he competes almost as much as Toney Freemen.)
However, Yamagishi surprised the heck out of me when he competed in Tampa and Dallas. Now THAT was the best of Yamagishi. In fact I think he should have or could have won both those contests.
Some call for the mighty warrior to drop down and compete in the 212 Men Bodybuilding Division. But why? Yamagishi is in his own right a giant killer. If in his own right he can win an open class bodybuilding contest, why bother dropping down?
Yamagishi was born on 30 June 1973 and grew up in Obihiro, Hokkaidō. During his youth, he played rugby and started lifting while at Hokkaidō Sapporo Asahigaoka High School. He then proceeded to Waseda University, where he pursued weightlifting more seriously.
Yamagishi has appeared in a number of magazines, including Ironman Japan, and has released a number of few training videos/DVDs, the latest being called: A Warrior's Fight. He has also appeared on television in Japan.
Yamagishi's "philosophy on training" is: "an 'all or nothing' mentality. There is no such thing as 'impossible'. ...[T]rain hard everyday; and even harder the next day!"
He is married and resides in both the United States and Japan. He holds a degree in Sports Nutrition Science and National Certification in Japan from the NSCA-Japan and National Certification in Japan for Acupuncture Therapy.
IFBB professional history
IFBB Grand Prix Austria - 12th
IFBB Grand Prix Holland - 4th
IFBB Grand Prix Romania - 6th
IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational - Unplaced
IFBB San Francisco Pro Invitational - 11th
IFBB Santa Susanna Pro - 12th
IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational - 7th
IFBB Arnold Classic - 13th
IFBB Atlantic City Pro - 9th
IFBB Olympia - 13th
IFBB Grand Prix Australia - 5th
IFBB Sacramento Pro Championships - 3rd
IFBB Atlantic City Pro - 9th
IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational - 4th
IFBB Europa Show of Champions - 2nd
IFBB Olympia - 9th
IFBB Olympia - 10th
Arnold Classic - IFBB, 8th
New York Pro Championships - IFBB, Open, 2nd
Orlando Show of Champions - IFBB, Open, 1st
Phoenix Pro - IFBB, Open, 2nd
IFBB Phoenix Pro - 2nd
IFBB Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Championships (a.k.a. Tampa Pro) - 2nd
IFBB Mr. Olympia - 10th
IFBB PBW Tampa Pro - 3rd
IFBB Dallas Europa Supershow - 2nd
IFBB Olympia Weekend - 15th
IFBB Arnold Classic Europe - 12th
IFBB British Grand Prix - 8th