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Dorian Yates is without a doubt the most successful professional bodybuilder we have seen next to Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lee Haney and Ronnie Coleman. Dorian won Mr. Olympia 6 times in a row and his nickname of "The Shadow" is exactly where everyone found themselves between 1994 and 1997, he ruled the bodybuilding world.
Dorian was a farm boy who lost his father when he died of a heart attack when Dorian was 13. But he only started pumping iron when he landed up in prison, he was a Skinhead and was in gangs before he discovered the rewards of training and eating right.
Dorian won 15 times in 17 professional bodybuilding competitions that he entered which just proves that he was a cut above the rest of us mortals.
Dorian's contribution to bodybuilding will be felt for a long time. He brought a different but very scientific an extremely precise planning to his bodybuilding that later revolutionized the sport completely.
Height = Five Foot and Ten Inches Tall
Weight = Two Hundred and Sixty Pounds
Bodybuilding titles won:
1984 Mr. Birmingham
1985 Novice West Coast
1986 EFBB British HW
1988 British Championships
1991 Night of Championships
1991 Mr. Olympia
1991 English Grand Prix
1992 Mr. Olympia
1993 Mr. Olympia
1994 Grand Prix Germany
1994 Grand Prix Spain
1994 Grand Prix England
1994 Mr. Olympia
1995 Mr. Olympia
1996 Mr. Olympia
1997 Mr. Olympia
Dorian has often commented and given free advice online using forums and other social media. He gives enlightened advice on training and is a good example is what he says about using heavy weights "the weight you can bench is pretty much irrelevant".
He explains the form and technique that you use to train with has nothing to do with the weight that you are lifting. He insists that the only way to increase the size of your muscle is to first learn how to isolate that muscle group so that you can focus only on one muscle.
Dorian did warm-up sets of 10 to 12 reps before moving on to only one working set of 6 to 12 reps to failure. A typical chest training routine for Dorain would be the following: (* = warm-up first as mentioned above)
Incline barbell presses 1* 12
Hammer Strength seated bench presses 1* 10
Incline dumbbell flyes 1* 10
Cable crossovers 1 10-12
This looks quite simple but it all has to do with execution and how these exercises are done. Dorian always emphasized the vital necessity to isolate and make the movement work for you and not the other way around.
Note: Dorian Yates Routine is based on High Intensity Training for more info see The Colorado Experiment Workout
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