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Dorian Yates - Return Of The Shadow


Bodybuilding Legend On His Life, Philosophy & Enduring Impact

In this week’s interview, we are thrilled to welcome back six-time Mr. Olympia Dorian Yates to London Real. In this intimate discussion, Dorian takes us on a journey back to his early days as a troubled but determined young man who discovered bodybuilding while serving time in a detention center for a minor crime. Dorian’s natural talent and insatiable thirst for knowledge soon made it clear that he was destined for greatness.

Bodybuilding as an Art Form:

For Dorian, bodybuilding is more than just a sport – it’s an art form. He approaches training, nutrition, and muscle control with the same attention to detail and discipline as a master artist. In this interview, athletes will find plenty of new knowledge about training, nutrition, and the human body, as Dorian shares his Ph.D. level expertise in these areas.

The Mental Attitude of a Champion:

One of the defining qualities of Dorian’s career is the mental attitude he brought to the sport. He is an expert in psychology, having mastered his mind to achieve peak performance. Dorian’s authenticity and work ethic won over spectators around the world and changed the perception of bodybuilding from a glamorous Hollywood image to a discipline that requires focus, determination, and commitment.

Life After Success:

Dorian opens up about a real crisis point he experienced after retiring in 1997. However, the same focus and determination that built his impressive physique has prepared him for life’s spiritual challenges. Dorian is now a very spiritual person and wants to make the world a better place. He applies the same level-headedness, humility, and quiet confidence to every topic covered in this episode, and it’s his consistency that makes him such an impressive guest.

Final thoughts:

Dorian Yates is a true inspiration and role model for athletes and anyone looking to achieve greatness. His journey from a troubled young man to a bodybuilding champion and spiritual athlete is a testament to the power of discipline, focus, and authenticity. In this interview, Dorian shares his knowledge, insights, and wisdom with viewers, offering a unique perspective on the art of bodybuilding and the mindset of a champion.

Dorian Yates Movie Trailer

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Who knew the impact?
Tweet by Dorian – I’m going to pull no punches.
Going into a different range of subjects.
Doing a sport doesn’t define you.
Why Dorian didn’t do much media.
Making a resolution to do DMT.
Dorian on DMT, Ayahuasca, Meditation – I see it as changing your vibration.
One Love One Heart tattoo.
We are all one and One is everyone.
One consciousness with billions of different experiences at the same time.
We are all from the same source.
Did you always feel very connected?
The spiritual aspect to training.
The charity run that made Dorian realise he was an athlete.
Learning that as an athlete you can go into the zone.
The turmoil when retiring.
Now who am I? What do I do?
Dorian on his childhood – growing up in Solihull, the smallholding, a chicken farm and with a mum who loves horse riding and dad who had a heart attack when he was 13.
Leaving home at 16.
How did your father’s death make you feel?
At 16, Dorian was either a skinhead, a punk or a mod.
Sent to a detention centre at 1981 and the impact it had on Dorian.
Recommended to go a powerlifting gym and getting results quickly.
The early success that made Dorian realises he had a natural potential to build the physique.
Dorian on the education system.
It’s not education, it’s indoctrination.
Write, read and basic mathematics.
Most of the time is just wasted.
“I never ever did any homework. ”
Dedication to get a flat.
Casa Vaile I needed these things before I go to the gym – getting a job, an apartment and needing stability.
Reading every bodybuilding magazine between 1980 – 1995.
I’ve got every workout, every rep, every weight, and diet between 1983 – 1997.
Doesn’t sound much but if I did that every month for 12 months, I’ll be massive.
I will always break it down to achievable goals.
I will simply eliminate it and move on – on things that did not work.
Science experiment, a sport and an art.
Dorian’s daughter – Dad I’m growing up too quick.
I just want to stay a I kid. Why is that?
Bodybuilding was always about self mastery, discipline and overcoming pain and not eating during competition.
Living like a monk for 2 years – I would say it’s more like the whole 12 years I was competing.
Pre internet age.
The strength of your career depends on the strength of your library.
Meticulous rather than guesstimating.
A boring guy to be around.
Sleeping 9 hours a day and a nap after training.
I only had one egg.
Winning first British competition.
Tanning product from Boots.
Morecambe Novice British Championship in 1985.
What are you doing in this competition.
You probably the best heavy weight we’ve got in the whole country right now.
Trying out at the Amatuer World Games as a Heavy Weight.
Disappointed for not being prepared properly.
First paid guest appearance.
First time taking an airplane.
Ayrton Senna missing the competition without money.
Staying in Birmingham where I wasn’t accessible to do celebrity events.
The Shadow, mistique, the monster that comes out.
Selling out shows.
Where did the nickname come from?
Peter McGough’s career.
Just being me.
Lifting a 200 pound dumbbell and people liked the shot.
Blood and guts training video.
Getting a friend to film but don’t ever talk to me.
When was it filmed?
Rehearsal before training.
Would you accept an OBE?
Nikola Tesla developed free electricity.
Henry Ford using hemp and hemp ethanol for his cars.
Being recognized as a sportsman.
Sports page on the Daily Express.
Turning down deals.
Vince McMahon flew Dorian in first class to recruit him.
Turning down a lot of money for a very uncertain future.
Phone call to the 20 year old Dorian Yates.
Best advice you’ve ever received.
To the 20 year old who wants to be Mr Olympia.
To the 20 year old who wants to be more connected.
The tattoo – One Love One Heart – what does it mean to you?


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