Despite Losing to Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bodybuilding Legend Was Idolized by 6-Time Olympia Winner for a Specific Reason: “There Was Logic There”

Published 09/05/2023, 5:30 PM EDT

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Dorian Yates was not just a bodybuilder but also an erudite individual with immense knowledge and scientific techniques to gain muscle. He won the Mr. Olympia six times along with winning people’s hearts. ‘The Shadow’ was never too revealing of his life and wanted to live a low-key way, but when it came to sharing his wisdom, he never held back. He still gives his life story and knowledge at the age of 61.

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The bodybuilder recently shared his ideas about bodybuilding and the unconventional way of Mike Mentzer in his Instagram post. The long caption narrated his philosophy of reps and training that was inspired by the man who was defeated by Arnold Schwarzenegger, but made his own legacy.

Dorian Yates is appealed by Mike Mentzer’s philosophy

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Every training and knowledge is a type of education, be it bodybuilding, fine arts, gymnastics, or science. Every person needs to be a critical thinker to question norms and bring new history. This is what the 6-time Olympia believes in and always followed in his career. He shared throwback pictures of his training and wrote a long caption talking about his idea of education and Mike Mentzer’s unique training mentality.

Yates started by talking about his school life and how he questioned norms from an early age. He wrote, “Even at school I began to question things, and looking back I feel much of school was indoctrination, not education. Once I’d learned to read, write, and do basic maths what was I taught that I have ever used in life? Nothing really.” He had some very logical explanations and questions regarding the education system and the ‘rules’ that made civilized men. Yates said that he read an article sent by his philosopher and bodybuilder friend, “An old training partner of mine, @paulbaxendale, is actually an academic now and he sent me through an article he thought I would enjoy; one on how the foundation of the American and many European countries education systems came from the Prussian education system model.”

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Then he went on to explain why he was talking about the age-old norms of education compared to unique ways of learning. Dorian said, “I think it’s why Mike Mentzer’s training philosophy always appealed to me. There was logic there and he formulated an argument for why Heavy-Duty training works and that made sense to me. He even thought I was training too much in ’92 when we met so it was then I adopted my one working set principle, the rest is history as they say.” The myth of going by the book was broken a lot by Mike Mentzer with his high-intensity training and exercising for a short time rather than working out for two hours. Dorian Yates has broken myths like these earlier as well about steroids.

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The Instagram post from the account dedicated to the golden era of bodybuilding shared a video of Yates and an audio along with it. The strong message from the Mass Monster played in the background while his videos ran in the front. The caption in the post read, Wise words about 💉 from 6X MR. OLYMPIA @thedorianyates as always. ‼‼💯.”

Yates said PEDs will not give a contest-winning physique. He said,  “Because if all guys just think that ‘if I take more stuff, I’ll look like that’ those are the people that end up with potential problems. Dorian also gave proper reasoning like his idol Mike Mentzer and said, “The guys in professional contests, these guys are all very genetically inclined to build in that kind of physique.”

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Bodybuilding is a sport that not only needs a physique, but it needs willpower. mental patience, discipline, and perseverance. It also takes a lot of knowledge, like Mike Mentzer and Dorian Yates possessed. What do you think about the unique methods of training and going natural? Write your thoughts in the comments.

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Tanushree Bhowmick

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Tanushree Bhowmick is a Bodybuilding writer at EssentiallySports. She holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature from an eminent university. Gymnastics, Football, and Fitness have always intrigued Tanushree and inspired her in her professional writing career and lifestyle.
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