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Dorian Yates

A former professional bodybuilder, and six-time Mr. Olympia, Dorian Yates is widely considered to be one of the top athletes in bodybuilding history and is the most popular guest in the seven-year history of London Real.

I love talking to Dorian and think he is a powerful visionary.


  • Born – 19 April 1962, Walmley, Warwickshire, England
  • Height – 1.79 m
  • Spouse – Gal Ferriera Yates
  • Best known for – Mr. Olympia, and the documentary “Dorian Yates – Inside the Shadow”

The Original Mass Monster

Dorian Yates is a former professional bodybuilder who was crowned Mr. Olympia six consecutive times, from 1992 to 1997, and holds the fourth-highest number of Mr. Olympia titles of all time behind bodybuilders such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lee Haney, Jay Cutler and Ronnie Coleman.

He is widely considered to be one of the top athletes in bodybuilding history, and is one of the most popular guests in the history of London Real. He was the subject of our very first documentary film: “Dorian Yates – Inside the Shadow”.

Evolution Of The Shadow

I consider Dorian to be an important mentor, a dear friend and a powerful visionary. Over the course of our friendship and episodes with London Real, we have covered a lot of ground.

Dorian has taken us back to his days as a troubled but determined young man, struggling to find his way after losing his father at age 14. He also spoke about his spell in a detention centre for a minor crime, where he ended up discovering bodybuilding.

It’s obvious that Dorian has natural talent, and that coupled with a rapacious thirst for knowledge, meant that from an early age it was evident he was destined for greatness.

Dorian considers bodybuilding to be an art form, as the attention to detail, discipline, and the emphasis on form and muscle control needed, make it more than just a sport. His gruelling leg workouts are the stuff of legend (watch the movie to see me train legs with Dorian!).

For all you athletes out there, Dorian drops tons of knowledge on training, diet and nutrition, psychology and the human body. We’ve chatted about everything from steroids, dimethyltryptamine (DMT), to what got him to the top of his sport and his spiritual practice.

He is ruthlessly himself, regardless of the situation, and it is this authenticity that makes him such a pleasure to interview.

Join us as we discuss:

  • His childhood and the gym he came up in
  • How he used anger as fuel in the gym
  • Why his circumstances led him to bodybuilding
  • Why the Blood and Guts video was so famous
  • Yoga and the emotional release that comes through practice
  • DMT and his future trip to Soltara
  • Icarus and the Russian doping scandal
  • THC, CBC, cannabis oil and its effects on cancer
  • His plans for the future and why it’s his mission to help people

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