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Kris Dim's DVD - Dimvasion - Review


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Kris Dim - Dimvasion (DVD) He is now established as one of the top pro bodybuilders in the world and the best Asian bodybuilder of all-time, as well as a successful businessman and family man, but in the beginning the odds were stacked against Kris Dim. He was born on May 7, 1973 in the war-ravaged and impoverished land of Cambodia, where one out of every four citizens died under a barbarous dictatorship. BUY IT NOW Kris Dim - Dimvasion (DVD)


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Chest & Abs
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CHEST

Just like Abbas Khatami in his high intensity training (HIT) DVD, Kris starts off his chest workout with dumbbell flyes to isolate his chest directly. Kris uses good form with moderate speed and well controlled repetitions. He does four sets of dumbbell flyes.

Next Kris hits incline dumbbell presses doing the following weight:

  • 85 pound dumbbells for 9 reps.
  • 105s for 6+ reps (only six can be seen).
  • 125s for 10 reps.


His training partner does a set after Kris' first set. Kris does stretching after third set - he is SHREDDED. The DVD was shot December 2004 after his appearance at the 2004 Mr. Olympia Contest, and Kris still looked well within contest range. Next Kris hits the incline hammer machine press:

  • Four plates per side for six reps.
  • Four plates per side for seven reps.
  • Four plates per side for seven reps.
  • Two plates per side for eight reps.


The last two sets listed above were performed in one drop set. Next he goes on to do seated hammer machine presses where he does three plates for three reps, followed by three plates for six, five plates for six, and three plates for seven. Next Kris is off to the seated machine press where he does a warmup for 12 reps, followed by a drop set and then three sets of cable crossovers in the high rep range (9-13).

ABS

Kris hits abs in a pretty ordinary manner (no surprises here). He does hanging abs raises and seated weighted machine crunches, all sets being between 11-20 reps with four sets for the first exercise and three sets for the second exercise for seven exercises in total. Kris, incidentally, has great abs. Great shape, deep cut, and shredded.

Day 2: Arms
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TRICEPS

For triceps, Kris hits the following routine:

  • Rope pushdowns for triceps (five sets).
  • Seated overhead triceps extensions (two arms) - 65 for 12 reps, 100 for 11 reps, 120 for 12 reps, 135 for 10 reps, and 145 for 10 reps.
  • Machine overhead triceps extension (four sets - going up to the whole stack for 13 reps on the third set and the whole stack for 11 reps on the fourth set).
  • Cable triceps pushdowns for five sets - going up to 130 pounds for seven reps (the full stack) on the fourth set.


Kris has been given some criticism for his triceps with some critics stating that he has synthol in his triceps. Usually there is only one reason to make such an accusation = unusual shape for a given muscle. In Kris' case, I do not believe his triceps look unusual at all - other than looking cartoonish, but that is something you should expect among bodybuilders. I would be the first to call synthol if I thought he had any. I personally believe that Nasser El Sonbaty used synthol. It's just my opinion of course, but that is based on visual cues which I thought were pretty obvious, but I do not think Kris has used any. It's possible, but I don't consider it likely. I just think his triceps are a strong point and perhaps are a bit too big for the rest of his physique.

BICEPS

For biceps, Kris hits the following workout:

  • Machine preacher curls (three sets with a drop set on the third set).
  • Seated alternate curls for five sets.
  • Nautilus one arm preacher curls machine (three sets).
  • Seated forearm curls (four sets).
  • Seated reverse forearm curls (three sets).


After his third set of seated alternate dumbbell curls, Kris hit the following poses:

  • Hands clasped most muscular.
  • Front double biceps.
  • Hands clasped most muscular.
  • Hands clasped most muscular (after fourth set).


Kris' Crib & Diet
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Kris explains that his wife of 14 years helps him prepare his food. A bodybuilder is always in a better situation when they get support from their family and friends for their bodybuilding ventures. Kris is similar to Jay Cutler in this way in that his wife Kerry helps him out with meal prep as well. Kris takes a LOT of supplements. He is much like Ronnie Coleman in The Cost of Redemption in this way, in that the sequence where he shows us his vitamins and supplements is similar - there are a LOT of them:



Kris states that he takes in around 100-150 grams of carbs a day (presumably only during his cutting phase), and has an excellent selection of food! I have to say that some bodybuilders leave me much more impressed than others when it comes to what they include in their diet. Kris covers his nutrition in more depth during this scene but I can't give away all of his secrets. ;-)

I can't say too much about Kris' home - absolutely beautiful! My guess is that he earned the majority of the money he used to pay for it through his business ventures, since bodybuilding isn't exactly a high income job. :-(

In any case, I think that now that Kris has turned pro he will probably be able to get a decent paycheck from bodybuilding, in addition to his business ventures (Kris owns two Max Muscle stores).

Day 3: Quads & Calves
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QUADS

Next Kris trains his quads. He is without question, extremely strong for his size, and his legs are no exception. This is somewhat of a surprise given that his leg size was down at the 2004 Mr. Olympia Contest. In any case, he trained legs hard and heavy with the following workout for quads:

  • Leg extensions (three sets).
  • Leg press (five sets - details below).
  • Hack squat (three sets - two plates per side for eight reps, four plates per side for nine reps, six plates per side for seven reps and a burnout drop set on the last set).
  • Machine hack squats (three sets).
  • Leg extensions (four sets).


The leg press segment was one place where things got interesting in the DVD. Kris started off with two plates per side for 12 reps, followed by four plates for 11, seven plates for 11, 12 plates for seven, and finished up by pressing 12 plates per side as well as a crackhead sitting on the top of the press machine. for seven reps as well - like I said, Kris has a lot of strength for his size. Kris also did some leg posing during the leg training sequence, where his quads were looking big and cut and his calves were diamond shaped and a good match for his quads. The level of muscularity he displayed in the DVD was better than what he showed at the 2004 Mr. Olympia Contest. Kris did have a good reason for his legs being down and size at that contest, and in the future it probably won't happen again.

CALVES

Kris trained with the same old, tried, tested, & true calves exercises as so many other bodybuilders have in the past. He did four sets of donkey calf raises and four sets of standing plate loaded calf raises. He followed this up with some time on the cardio bike and called it a day.

Hamstrings & Traps
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HAMSTRINGS

Dennis did the following workout for his hamstrings:

  • Standing leg curls (five sets).
  • Seated leg curls (three sets - drop set on the last set).
  • Lying leg curls (four sets).
  • Dumbbell stiff legged dumbbell deadlits (three sets - 115 for 10, 145 for eight, for the last two sets).


TRAPS

Next Kris hit his traps:

  • Standing box shrugs (plate loaded - two plates per side on the first set, then three, then four plates per side for 13 reps, and five for 10).
  • Seated machine shrugs (three sets).


Next Kris went back to the seated exercise bike and hit some poses afterwards:

  • Front relaxed.
  • Front double biceps.
  • Back double biceps.
  • Back lat spread.
  • Front relaxed.
  • Right side chest.
  • Front relaxed.
  • .
  • Triceps poses.
  • Front lat spread.
  • Left side triceps.
  • Front relaxed.
  • Abs.
  • Front relaxed.
  • Most muscular.
  • Hands clasped most muscular.
  • Front relaxed.
  • Front double biceps.
  • Front relaxed.
  • Right side chest.
  • Front relaxed.
  • Back double biceps.
  • Back relaxed.
  • Back lat spread.
  • Front relaxed.
  • Right side triceps.
  • Front relaxed.
  • Front showing both triceps.
  • Front lat spread.
  • Abs.
  • Front relaxed.
  • Back double biceps.
  • Back lat spread (showing Christmas tree detail).
  • Hands on hips most muscular.
  • Front relaxed.
  • Front double biceps.
  • Right side chest.
  • Front lat spread.


Day 5: Back & Abs
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BACK

Kris hits the following workout for his back:

  • Warmup pullover nautilus machine (six sets).
  • Front lat pulldown (four sets).
  • Seated cable row (four sets - up to the full stack and a plate attached to the back of the stack for set #4).
  • Machine seated row (four sets).
  • Bodyweight hyperextensions.


ABS

Kris next goes on to complete an abs workout:

  • Cable crunch (four sets).
  • Roman chair leg lift (three sets).


He does some abs posing after set three of his cable crunches, and some more abs posing after his third set of the roman chair leg lifts. After his abs workout is complete, he hits the cardio bike.

Day 6: Shoulders
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Kris

  • Triceps pressdowns with the short straight bar for two sets.
  • Skull crushers with a warmup of 120 pounds and 150 pounds, followed by 190 for 11 reps (solid strength).
  • Single arm reverse curls for two sets.


Afterwards, Dennis hit some triceps posing, and it's obvious that his triceps are as impressive as his biceps.

Bonus Features
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The bonus features showed the Dimvasion preview. If you would like to view the preview for this DVD, please CLICK HERE. The DVD was definitely well produced and the preview clip shows that.

OVERALL REVIEW!
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Overall, I enjoyed this DVD. The photographic quality was excellent and Kris makes for a good commentator. This DVD was PACKED with information and is a good value in terms of price.

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Kris Dim - Dimvasion (DVD)

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He is now established as one of the top pro bodybuilders in the world and the best Asian bodybuilder of all-time, as well as a successful businessman and family man, but in the beginning the odds were stacked against Kris Dim. He was born on May 7, 1973 in the war-ravaged and impoverished land of Cambodia, where one out of every four citizens died under a barbarous dictatorship. When Dim was four he escaped with his family, immigrating to America. A refugee, he quickly grew to love his new country. Dim and his family lived for eight years in Arlington, Virginia. Then, when he was 12, they moved to Northern California, eventually settling in Sacramento, where he has remained ever since. He played soccer throughout his youth, but it was wrestling in high school that introduced the 98-pounder to bodybuilding.

Dim first lifted weights at home, but when he was 15 he joined a commercial gym. Noting his mass improvements, Dim's wrestling coach suggested he try a bodybuilding show. At 17, he entered and won his first contest, the teenage division of the North Bay Bodybuilding Championships. A year later, he won the Teenage California. When Dim won the middleweight class of the 1996 California Bodybuilding Championships, he was introduced to one of the sponsors, Max Muscle stores. "I didn't know what they were, but when I found out, I just knew right away what I wanted to do. I wanted to own one," Dim declares. When he inquired about a franchise, it seemed an idle fantasy to everyone but him. He had very little savings, he was attending college, and he and future wife, Sylvia, were expecting their first child. Still, Dim wouldn't be deterred. He quit school and took on a second full-time job. Less than a year after he first heard of Max Muscle, Dim had saved enough to open his own Sacramento franchise. He was 23. He managed the store from opening to closing. My biggest fear is failure, Dim explains, and because of that, I always motivate myself twice as hard. The store thrived. Today, Dim continues to keep the same long hours behind the counters, wedging his bodybuilding into the time not occupied by his family and his business.

When 24-year-old Dim finished sixth in the middleweight class of his first pro qualifier, the 1997 USA Championships, he was confident his hobby would soon become a profession. Little did he know then it would take 10 additional tries before he earned pro status. In 2002, Dim came in leaner and fuller and won the light-heavyweight class of the USA Championships. Many felt his was the most impressive physique in the show, but he failed to take home one of the two pro cards. Next came two second-place finishes, at the 2002 Nationals and again at the 2003 USA. The 2003 Nationals was a blowout, with Dim easily winning the light-heavyweight class and a pro status. The only controversy was his not taking the overall title. In 2004, Dim accomplished the rare feat of qualifying for the Mr. Olympia in his first IFBB contest (the San Francisco Pro Invitational). He then went on to establish himself as rookie of the year with a twelfth place finish in the Mr. O and three straight posedown finishes in the European Tour, qualifying for the 2005 Mr. Olympia.

For unfaltering support, Dim credits his wife, Sylvia; sons Joshua and Nathan; half-sister Julie; nutritional advisor Milos Sarcev; and training partner/business mentor Leonard Crabtree. In the end though, Dim's drive to succeed as a bodybuilder and businessman comes from somewhere deep inside, born somewhere far away a never-ending quest for betterment. In only his rookie year in the IFBB, he beat such established pros as Gustavo Badell, Ahmad Haidar, Troy Alves and Markus Ruhl. The Dimvasion of the pro ranks has begun. Considering how far he's already come against such great odds, there's no limit on how far Kris Dim can go in the future.

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