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 60)
Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, England
Height5 ft 10+12 in (179 cm)[1]
Weight260–265 lb (118–120 kg) (contest)
300–305 lb (136–138 kg) (off-season)[1]
Professional career
  • Night Of Champion’s
  • 1990
Best win
  • Mr. Olympia
  • 1992–1997
PredecessorLee Haney
SuccessorRonnie Coleman

Dorian Andrew Mientjez Yates (born 19 April 1962) is an English retired professional bodybuilder. He won the Mr. Olympia title six consecutive times from 1992 to 1997 and has the fifth-highest number of Mr. Olympia wins in history, 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 pro bodybuilders in history, and was well known for his wide and thick back.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Dorian Andrew Mientjez Yates was born on 19 April 1962 In the Walmley area in the Birmingham town of Sutton Coldfield, England. He grew up in Hurley, rural Warwickshire. His father died of a heart attack when Yates was 13, He and his mother then moved back to Birmingham.


Yates started working out in 1983. His 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; his win generated controversy among fellow athletes, critics, and amateurs, who thought the runner-up Nasser El Sonbaty deserved to win.[citation needed]

Yates was a proponent of Arthur Jones and Mike Mentzer's high-intensity training (HIT) style of bodybuilding, which poses that maximum muscle stimulation can be reached through short and intense workout sessions instead of long and slow ones.[4][5] He earned the nickname "The Shadow" coined by Peter McGough for his tendency to unexpectedly appear at major bodybuilding contests and steal the win, having neither confirmed nor denied whether he would compete beforehand, and for spending most of his time between contests avoiding the public eye.

Yates is considered to be the first of the "mass monsters" in bodybuilding. He combined his enormous muscle mass along with peak conditioning, quoted as being "granite hardness". He believes that his injuries are due to his habit of 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 overall.[6] Regarding the use of PEDs, he referenced the documentary Super Size Me and stated that eating three McDonald's meals a day is more harmful for the metabolism than his 12 years of regular steroid use.[7]

Post-competition career[edit]

Inside Temple Gym at Birmingham

In 1987, Yates purchased Temple Gym, located on Temple Street in Birmingham.[8] In 2006, he franchised four additional Temple Gym locations, three of which are in the UK. As of 2020, only the original Birmingham gym is still in operation. The Birmingham gym has now relocated from Temple Street to the city's jewellery quarter.[9]

Yates formed the California-based company Heavy Duty Inc. in 1994 with Mike Mentzer and Ray Mentzer.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] It's spread across 3000 square feet and Blue is a new workout to 220 lbs.[14][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.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Yates now lives in Spain. He is married to Brazilian fitness model Glauce "Gal" Ferreira,[16] who won the IFBB South American Bodyfitness event and was also the 2007 IFBB World Bodyfitness Champion.[17] They had met at the 2008 Arnold Classic,[18] and live in Marbella. Yates's son from his ex-wife Deb, Lewis, has also taken up bodybuilding and works closely with his father.[19]

Yates has described yoga and meditation as a life altering experience. He does yoga on a daily basis.

Yates has made statements in interviews concerning the negative health effects of sodium fluoride additives in tap water and claimed that there are cancer viruses and sterilants in some vaccines. He has endorsed the use of some psychedelic entheogens for religious and spiritual purposes, including ayahuasca.[20]

Books and videos[edit]

In 1993, Yates published an autobiography titled Blood and Guts (ISBN 978-0-9636163-0-2).[21]

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),[22] 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.[23]

In 2017, Yates attended the worldwide premiere of the London Real feature film, Dorian Yates: Inside The Shadow, held at BAFTA in London.[24]


  • Height: 5 ft 10.5 in (179.1 cm)[1]
  • Off Season Weight: 305 pounds (138 kg)[1]
  • Competition Weight: 265 pounds (120 kg)[1]
  • Chest size: 140 cm (55 in)
  • Hip size: 107 cm (42 in)
  • Thigh Size: 77 cm (30 in)
  • Waist Size: 96 cm (38 in)
  • Calf Size: 55 cm (22 in)
  • Upper Arm Size: 53 cm (21 in)

Bodybuilding titles[edit]

  • 1984 Mr Birmingham Novice, 1st
  • 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


  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. ^ Dorian Yates Speaks, retrieved 2 July 2013
  5. ^ High-Intensity Training the Mike Mentzer Way
  6. ^ Carter, Dorian Yates Addresses The Rumours 1 / 2, archived from the original on 12 December 2021, retrieved 29 January 2019
  7. ^ London Real, Dorian Yates - Effects of Steroids & Health | London Real, retrieved 29 January 2019
  8. ^ IFBB Hall of Fame Dorian Yates, archived from the original on 27 December 2010, retrieved 2 July 2013
  9. ^ A Brief History of Temple Gym Birmingham and Dorian Yates Temple Gym. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  10. ^ Little, John (2005). Wisdom of Mike Mentzer. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0071452931.
  11. ^ About CNP, archived from the original on 1 September 2013, retrieved 2 July 2013
  12. ^ DY Nutrition, retrieved 2 July 2013
  13. ^ Beauty Ring(ビューティーリング) - エラー
  14. ^ "Is Gold's Gym Really the Mecca? Dorian Yates Sounds Off | Generation Iron".
  15. ^ An Interview With Six-Time Mr. Olympia Winner, Dorian Yates
  16. ^ Gal Ferreira Yates - Whey Maromba
  17. ^ Dorian Yates' Knockout Wife Glauce Ferreira
  18. ^ 6 Time Mr. Olympia Dorian Yates Getting Married
  19. ^ Yates & Davis 10 Years Later - Next Generation Blood & Guts Training At Temple Gym!
  20. ^ Dorian Yates - Into The Shadow, retrieved 2 July 2013
  21. ^ Yates, Dorian; Wolff, Bob (1993). Blood and Guts [Paperback]. ISBN 0963616307.
  22. ^ "Dorian Yates - A Warriors Story". Archived from the original on 2 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  23. ^ Blood and Guts, retrieved 2 July 2013
  24. ^ Dorian Yates: Inside The Shadow, retrieved 30 May 2017

External links[edit]

Preceded by Mr. Olympia
Succeeded by