“Believe It or Not”: 6 Times Mr. Olympia’s Secret to 19 Inches Forearm Might Compel You to Rethink Your Arms Workouts

Published 09/01/2023, 10:21 AM EDT

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Dorian Yates, widely regarded as the Mass Monster in the realms of bodybuilding, has managed to acquire his moniker through his exceptional size and muscularity. Towering at 5 feet 10 inches height, he is a complete package of aesthetics and bulk and that is what makes him one of the best bodybuilders of all time. 

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His muscular aesthetics is the result of years of hard work and unwavering dedication towards the sport. Even at the age of 61, Dorian Yates continues to serve as an epitome of size in the sphere of bodybuilding. Well, taking to this, he made a revelation for having enormously huge forearms that was pretty much unpredictable.

Dorian Yates unveils the secret to having a 19 inch forearm

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Dorian Yates recently took to his official Instagram profile a few hours ago and shared a throwback picture demonstrating his huge forearms and revealing the secret to it. In the caption he wrote, “Believe it or not, I never directly trained my forearms! I managed to build 19 inch forearms mainly from gripping the bar during my back workouts.”

He went on stating that he still sometimes used the wrist straps and wrap them around the bar or dumbbell he was using, but he only did them in the final set. Forearms were never his primary focus. 

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He added, “I didn’t want to use accessories when they were not really needed. But when you’re on the final set, the aim is still to put maximum stress on the targeted muscle, so using straps here is fine to help achieve this.” Well, to think of gaining a forearm that is nineteen inches is still a dream for many, and the Mass Monster acquired it without even making an attempt. Turns out, more than the philosophy, he was inspired by the athlete that followed it.

Dorian Yates was inspired Mike Mentzer

Dorian Yates was in complete awe of Mike Mentzer’s size and physique, and it was following him that he took up this philosophy. Further in the caption he stated, “I was notably inspired by not just the philosophy, but physique of Mike Mentzer. In particular his rugged, hardcore look with the big forearms and thick muscularity.” 

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However, gradually he even adds the fact that if his forearms would not have grown effortlessly, just like any other athlete, he too would have put in a lot of effort to train his forearms and get them to grow bigger, but he was already fortunate. He added, “I think having thick, muscular forearms adds a level of power to your physique overall.” Share your thought about Dorian Yates’ method of training with us on the comments section below.

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Aheli Chakraborty

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Aheli Chakraborty is a pro writer for Bodybuilding at Essentially Sports. From staying tuned to Cutler’s latest podcast, to delving deep into Dorian Yates’ recent Instagram post, Aheli has hit the ground running. With extensive experience in the sports and entertainment industry, she likes to keep her readers coming back for more.
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