Dorian Yates

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Dorian Yates
— Bodybuilder —
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Dorian Yates
Personal info
Nickname The Shadow
Born (1962-04-19) 19 April 1962 (age 53)
Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 110–132kg (235–290lb)
Professional career
Pro-debut Night of Champions, 1990
Best win IFBB Mr. Olympia 1992–1997, six consecutive times,
Predecessor Lee Haney
Successor Ronnie Coleman
Active Retired 1997

Dorian Andrew Mientjez Yates (born 19 April 1962) is an English professional bodybuilder. He won the Mr. Olympia title six consecutive times from 1992 to 1997 and holds the fourth-highest number of Mr. Olympia awards of all time, ranking behind Ronnie Coleman (8), Lee Haney (8) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (7). He is widely considered one of the top athletes in modern bodybuilding history.[1][2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Yates was born in the Walmley area of Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands. Dorian was raised in Hurley, in rural Staffordshire. When he was a teenager, his family moved to Birmingham. During these times, he was sentenced to six months at Whatton Youth Detention Centre. Yates started working out in 1983.


Yates' professional record consists of 15 major contest wins and two second-place finishes.

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 contest, which he won in spite of the injury.

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.[5] The training style was originally popularized by Mike Mentzer.[6]

Yates earned the nickname of "The Shadow" for his tendency to unexpectedly appear at major bodybuilding contests and win, despite 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.

Post competition career[edit]

Inside Temple Gym at Birmingham

In 1987, Yates purchased Temple Gym, located on Temple Street in Birmingham.[7] In 2006, he franchised four additional Temple Gym locations, three of which are in the UK.

He formed the California-based company Heavy Duty Incorporated in 1994 with Mike Mentzer and Ray Mentzer.[8] 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[9] product line in the United States. 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. In 2011, Yates founded a third company, DY Nutrition, which specializes in pre-workout formulas and has released several training DVDs.[10] He left EU Peptides in 2012. In recent years, Yates has conducted several seminar tours internationally to discuss nutrition and his experiences in bodybuilding. He offers training videos and written commentary on his official website. In 2015 he produced the documentary All I Know is Pain.

Temple Gym[edit]

Dorian Yates and a partner took over the gym in 1987 and eventually became the sole owner of the gym. The gym has franchises in California, Las Vegas and in United Kingdom.[11] The gym is spread across 3000 square feet and situated in a dungeon. The gym has dumbbells up to 220 lbs.[12]

DY Nutrition[edit]

DY Nutrition is the line of supplements that consists of whey protein supplements, pre-workout and post-workout supplements owned and endorsed by Dorian Yates.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Dorian Yates is married to Brazilian fitness model and competitor Glauce "Gal" Ferreira (b. 1975).[14] Gal had won the IFBB South American Bodyfitness event; she was also the IFBB World Bodyfitness Champion 2007.[15] They met each other for the first time at Arnold Classic in 2008.[16] The couple live in Marbella, Spain.

Dorian's son Lewis Yates has also taken up into the world of body building and works closely associated with his father.[17]

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.[18] Yates has taken several controversial political positions, such as calling for a new investigation of the 9/11 attacks.

Books and videos[edit]

In 1993 Yates published an autobiography titled Blood and Guts (ISBN 978-0-9636163-0-2).[19]

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

In 1998 Yates co-authored A Warrior's Story (ISBN 978-0-9534764-0-4),[20] in which he chronicles his path to success in bodybuilding.

In 2012, he released a mass gain video trainer in collaboration with called Blood and Guts, based on the HIT theory.[21]


  • Height: 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
  • Off Season Weight: 128–140 kg (282–309 lb)
  • Competition Weight: 118–128 kg (260–282 lb)
  • Arm Size: 57 cm (22 in)
  • Leg Size: 77 cm (30 in)
  • Waist Size: 86 cm (34 in)
  • Calf Size: 56 cm (22 in)
  • Chest size: 145 cm (57 in)

Bodybuilding titles[edit]

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Preceded by
Lee Haney
Mr. Olympia
Succeeded by
Ronnie Coleman