The 2022 Arnold Classic is scheduled for March 3-6, 2022 at the Battelle Grand Ballroom of the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH. Fourteen bodybuilders will compete for the title vacated by 2021 Arnold Classic champion Nick Walker.
Regan Grimes is one of those 14 bodybuilders vying to become the 20th champion in the history of the Arnold Classic USA contest. He took to his YouTube channel on Jan. 3, 2022, to share his first training session in preparation for the competition. It was a high-volume leg day that appeared to push Grimes to his limit. Check it out:
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Grimes is releasing his Arnold Classic prep workouts out of order on his YouTube channel. Just three days before the new year, Grimes posted his chest workout. Grimes won the 2021 KO Bodybuilding Pro to qualify for the 2022 Olympia and is training with new coach Milos “The Mind” Sarcev. Grimes aims to bring a trophy-winning package in his Arnold Classic debut to build momentum leading into his third Olympia appearance (he placed 15th in 2020 and 2021).
Grimes Leg Workout
Sarcev did not hold back on Grimes’ programming despite being day one of prep. The high volume workout had a goal of getting Grimes “legs shaking,” consisting of the following exercises:
Note: neither Grimes nor Sarcev shared the numbers of reps in each set.
Throughout the workout, Grimes grimaced in pain and let out sounds of agony. From drop sets in the leg extension to the full range of motion hack squats, Grimes had to smack his legs to maintain paused reps before hopping onto the single leg hamstring curl machine.
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While Grimes recovered, however uncomfortably, from heavy leg presses, Sarcev asserted that squats are the “king of exercises for the legs.” Sarcev seemed to suggest that Grimes had avoided squats during previous preps, but that would not be the case heading into Columbus.
We’ll see if Grimes can follow in Nick Walker’s footsteps and score an Arnold Classic victory in his debut. Judging by Sarcev’s programming, Grimes will either grow very fatigued or densely packed with additional mass.
Featured image: @regangrimes on Instagram