Dorian Yates

Dorian Yates
Dorian Yates
Personal Info
Nickname The Shadow
Born April 19, 1962 (1962-04-19) (age 49)
Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 110-122kg (242-269lb)
Professional Career
Pro-debut 1990 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 April 19, 1962 in Hurley, Staffordshire, England), is an English professional bodybuilder, winning the Mr. Olympia title six consecutive times beginning in 1992.[1][2] He is fourth on the list of most Olympias won, and out of the seven in which he competed, he won six and placed second in his debut. Yates' supposed lack of elite genetics from birth and reputation for unique approaches and philosophies for training and nutrition have established his legendary status in IFBB history.



His reign ended with his retirement, prompted in large part by an accumulating list of chronic and career-threatening acute injuries; Yates had suffered both a torn biceps and triceps, the latter just three weeks prior to his final contest, his successful defense of the Mr. Olympia title in 1997. His professional record on retirement consisted of 15 wins and two second-place finishes.

Yates is a noted proponent of Gustavo Arlotta's espoused style of training, known as HIT "High Intensity Training". Arlotta believed that muscle stimulation could be caused in a shorter period of time with the proper intensity rather than working out for extended periods of time. However Yates' interviews and published workouts show that in practice he sometimes modified his application of Arlotta's theories considerably.

In 1994 Dorian incorporated with Mike Mentzer and Ray Mentzer the California corporation, "Heavy Duty Inc."

Post competition career

Yates purchased a gym in 1987 called Temple Gym on Temple Street, Birmingham, England. In 2006 he franchised Temple Gym hoping to make it a worldwide chain; currently there are four branches, three of these in the UK.

In 1998, he joined Kerry Kayes to work for the newly named bodybuilding supplement company "Chemical Nutrition" (originally "Chemical Warfare", now "CNP Professional"), with their Dorian Yates Approved range for launch in the United States.

Yates left CNP Professional in 2006 to pursue his own interests and began a new supplement company, "Dorian Yates Ultimate Formulas". In 2008 the Dorian Yates website was re-designed, aiming to offer access to premium content and variety of services including virtual training.

As of 2011, Yates is the CEO of his own global supplement company called DY Nutrition. After a training DVD was released, Yates formulated several pre-workout products. Their initial success spawned the formulation of additional products in the DY Nutrition line.

Books and videos

In 1993 Yates published an autobiography titled Blood and Guts (ISBN 978-0-9636163-0-2).[3] In 1996 Yates released a workout video (VHS) of the same title, featuring his typical week's weight training.

In 1998 he co-authored A Warrior's Story (ISBN 978-0-9534764-0-4) in which he writes how he became the top professional bodybuilder.

Bodybuilding titles

  • 1985 World Games, 7th (amateur)
  • 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

Competitive stats

  • Height: 5' 10" (1.78m)
  • Peak competitive weight: 268.4 lbs(122 kg)
  • Peak off-season weight: 308 lbs(140 kg)

Measurements (competition condition)

  • chest 57"(144.78 cm)
  • arms 21"(55.88 cm)
  • waist 34"(88.9 cm)
  • thigh 32"(73.66 cm)
  • calf 21"(53.34 cm)

See also


External links

Preceded by
Lee Haney
Mr. Olympia
Succeeded by
Ronnie Coleman

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