Dorian Yates

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Dorian Yates
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Yates in June 2016
Personal info
NicknameThe Shadow
Born (1962-04-19) 19 April 1962 (age 57)
Walmley, Warwickshire, England
Height5 ft 10 12 in (179 cm)[1]
Weight275 lb (125 kg) (Contest)
300–310 lb (136–141 kg) (Off season)[1]
Professional career
Pro-debutNewcastle pro, 1991
Best winIFBB night of champions, 1992–1997
PredecessorLee Haney
SuccessorRonnie Coleman

Dorian Andrew Mientjez Yates (born 19 April 1962) is an English former professional bodybuilder. He won the Mr. Olympia title six consecutive times from 1992 to 1997. He has the fifth-highest number of Mr. Olympia awards of all time, thus ranking behind Ronnie Coleman (8), Lee Haney (8), Arnold Schwarzenegger (7) and Phil Heath (7). He is widely considered to be one of the top bodybuilders in modern history and is most known for his wide and thick back.[1][2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Yates was born in Hurley, UK and grew up in rural Staffordshire, UK. Yates' father died of heart attack when Yates was 13[5]. After his father's death the family moved to Birmingham, UK[6]. He started working out in 1983.


Yates' professional record consists of 15 major contest wins and two second-place finishes ; from 1992 to his retirement in 1997 he won every single contest he entered. His career ended in large part due to chronic acute injuries, including torn biceps and triceps, the latter just three weeks prior to his final contest, the 1997 Mr. Olympia, which he won in spite of the injury, generating a controversy among fellow athletes, critics and amateurs.

Yates espoused a style of training known as HIT (High Intensity Training), which states that maximum muscle stimulation can be reached through short, high-intensity workout sessions rather than long duration workouts.[7] The training style was originally popularized by Arthur Jones and Mike Mentzer.[8]

Yates earned the nickname of "The Shadow" for his tendency to unexpectedly appear at major bodybuilding contests and steal the win, having remained out of the public eye for long periods beforehand. He was reported to have turned down several large supplement endorsement contracts and avoided interviews and other television publicity in order to maintain privacy and full commitment to his training.

Yates is considered to be the first of the "mass monsters" in bodybuilding. He combined this enormous muscle mass along with tremendous conditioning quoted as "granite hardness". He was also criticized for being among the first prominent bodybuilders to exhibit an inflated stomach, most likely a side effect of insulin or HGH use, a tendency which has become rampant ever since.

In retrospect, regarding his injuries, he considers that his main error was maintaining an extreme level of training intensity all year long, even when approaching contests, while being on a severely restricted "cutting" diet which weakens the body globally.[9] Regarding the use of performance enhancing drugs, referencing the documentary "Super Size Me", he stated that eating three meals a day at McDonalds is more harmful for the metabolism than his twelve years of regular steroid use.[10]

Post-competition career[edit]

Inside Temple Gym at Birmingham

In 1987, Yates purchased Temple Gym, located on Temple Street in Birmingham.[11] In 2006, he franchised four additional Temple Gym locations, three of which are in the UK.

Yates formed the California-based company Heavy Duty Inc. in 1994 with Mike Mentzer and Ray Mentzer.[12] The company marketed athletic apparel and bodybuilding-related books.

In 1998, Yates partnered with Kerry Kayes to form the bodybuilding supplement company CNP Professional, which marketed a Dorian Yates Approved product line in the U.S.[13] He left the company in 2006 to form his own company, Dorian Yates Ultimate Formulas, which offers a line of protein and weight-gain supplements. He started a second company in 2010, EU Peptides, which sells peptide hormones and other pro-hormone supplements. He left EU Peptides in 2012. In 2011, Yates founded a third company, DY Nutrition, which specializes in pre-workout formulas and has released several training DVDs.[14]

Yates and a partner took over the gym in 1987 and eventually became the sole owner of the gym. It has franchises in California, Las Vegas, and the UK.[15] It's spread across 3000 square feet and Blue is a new workout to 220 lbs.[16][clarification needed]

DY Nutrition is a line of supplements that consists of whey protein supplements, pre-workout, and post-workout supplements owned and endorsed by Yates.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Yates is married to Brazilian fitness model Glauce "Gal" Ferreira.[18] She had won the IFBB South American Bodyfitness event and was also the IFBB World Bodyfitness Champion 2007.[19] They met each other for the first time at the 2008 Arnold Classic.[20] They live in Marbella. Yates' son, Lewis, has also taken up bodybuilding and works closely with his father.[21]

Yates has advocated alternative treatments for cancer, including the use of cannabis oil. He has also made statements in interviews concerning the negative health effects of sodium fluoride additives in tap water and the discovery of cancer viruses and sterilants in some vaccines. In a 2013 interview, he endorsed the use of some psychedelic entheogens for religious and spiritual purposes, including ayahuasca.[22] Yates has also taken several controversial political positions[further explanation needed], such as calling for a new investigation of the 9/11 attacks.[citation needed]

Books and videos[edit]

In 1993, Yates published an autobiography titled Blood and Guts (ISBN 978-0-9636163-0-2).[23]

In 1996, Yates released a workout video (VHS) of the same title, which features his weekly weight training routines.

In 1998, Yates coauthored A Warrior's Story (ISBN 978-0-9534764-0-4),[24] in which he chronicles his path to success in bodybuilding.

In 2012, Yates released a mass gain video trainer in collaboration with called Blood and Guts, based on the HIT theory.[25]

In 2017, Yates attended the worldwide premiere of the London Real feature film, Dorian Yates: Inside The Shadow, held at BAFTA in London.[26]


  • Height: 5 ft 10.5 in (179.1 cm)[1]
  • Off Season Weight: 310 pounds (141 kg)[1]
  • Competition Weight: 275 pounds (125 kg)[1]
  • Upper Arm Size: 54 cm (21 in)
  • Thigh Size: 79 cm (31 in)
  • Waist Size: 86 cm (34 in)
  • Calf Size: 56 cm (22 in)
  • Chest size: 148 cm (58 in)

Bodybuilding titles[edit]

  • 1985 World Games, 7th Heavyweights
  • 1986 British Championships, 1st Heavyweight
  • 1988 British Championships, 1st Heavyweight and overall
  • 1990 Night of Champions, 2nd
  • 1991 Night of Champions, 1st
  • 1991 Mr. Olympia, 2nd
  • 1991 English Grand Prix, 1st
  • 1992 Mr. Olympia, 1st
  • 1992 English Grand Prix, 1st
  • 1993 Mr. Olympia, 1st
  • 1994 Mr. Olympia, 1st
  • 1994 Spanish Grand Prix, 1st
  • 1994 German Grand Prix, 1st
  • 1994 English Grand Prix, 1st
  • 1995 Mr. Olympia, 1st
  • 1996 Mr. Olympia, 1st
  • 1996 Spanish Grand Prix, 1st
  • 1996 German Grand Prix, 1st
  • 1996 English Grand Prix, 1st
  • 1997 Mr. Olympia, 1st

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Dorian Yates bio". Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  2. ^ "FLEX Who was the Greatest Bodybuilder of All Time?". Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  3. ^ "IFBB Pro Greatest Bodybuilder of the Past 65 Years". Archived from the original on 14 March 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Top 15 Bodybuilders of All Time". Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  5. ^ Heart attacked him from behind, there was nothing he could do.
  6. ^ Chappell, Gary (24 July 2015). "The muscle memories of Dorian Yates, the UK's most successful bodybuilder". Express UK.
  7. ^ Dorian Yates Speaks, retrieved 2 July 2013
  8. ^ High-Intensity Training the Mike Mentzer Way
  9. ^ Carter, Dorian Yates Addresses The Rumours 1 / 2, retrieved 29 January 2019
  10. ^ London Real, Dorian Yates - Effects of Steroids & Health | London Real, retrieved 29 January 2019
  11. ^ IFBB Hall of Fame Dorian Yates, archived from the original on 27 December 2010, retrieved 2 July 2013
  12. ^ Little, John (2005). Wisdom of Mike Mentzer. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0071452931. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  13. ^ About CNP, archived from the original on 1 September 2013, retrieved 2 July 2013
  14. ^ DY Nutrition, retrieved 2 July 2013
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  18. ^ Gal Ferreira Yates - Whey Maromba
  19. ^ Dorian Yates' Knockout Wife Glauce Ferreira
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  22. ^ Dorian Yates - Into The Shadow, retrieved 2 July 2013
  23. ^ "Blood and Guts [Paperback]". Retrieved 17 January 2011.
  24. ^ "Dorian Yates - A Warriors Story". Archived from the original on 2 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  25. ^ Blood and Guts, retrieved 2 July 2013
  26. ^ Dorian Yates: Inside The Shadow, retrieved 30 May 2017

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Preceded by
Lee Haney
Mr. Olympia
Succeeded by
Ronnie Coleman