Valuetainment: Dorian Yates Interview Notes

Dorian Yates (@thedorianyates) was the guest on Valuetainment Episode 397 with Patrick Bet-David where he discussed Growing up, Bodybuilding, and Life after Bodybuilding.

Here are our takeaways from the conversation.


4:00 – Dorian Yates’ story of being asked to pay at the Gold’s Gym

6:45 – Dorian Yates’ training these days

8:48 – Opinion on the 2019 Mr. Olympia

14:29 – Flex Wheeler thinking Dorian Yates as unbeatable

18:16 – Dorian Yates on First Marriage and how being married could have helped with the distractions

21:40 – Running Story in School

29:42 – Dorian Yates’ experience speaking with Reggie Kray, the famous gangster from England

33:40 – Dorian Yates funny story of 1st Mr. Olympia in 1991 with Lee Haney

40:56 – Funny incident with his son where he lost his cool once at home

43:26 – First Federation contest in England and World Bodybuilding Federation (WBF)

55:45 – Joe Weider’s childlike passion story by Dorian Yates

1:06:30 – Cannabis and its recreational use

1:10:45 – Dorian Yates’ experience with Steroids

1:24:53 – Phil Heath vs Shawn Rhoden Opinion

1:31:45 – Chris Cormier and Dorian Yates

1:35:16 – Marijuana and bodybuilding deaths linked to steroid use

1:43:18 – Dorian Yates’ relationship to pain

1:46:52 – Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)

1:49:08 – Thoughts on Brexit

1:51:32 – JFK’s Assassination

1:53:12 – Speed round with name and the first thing that comes to mind


  • “I’m choosing to do this, I’m choosing to put my body through this so it’s not fair for me to take out any kind of frustrations or moods on other people.”
  • “What’s the point of going if I’m not ready to win. That was my whole mentality.”
  • “I would set goals that were realistic but every month if they all add up, at the end of the year, you’ve got a big thing.”
  • “Often in life, people have something but the grass is always greener on the other side. You always want something else.”
  • “The more weight you lift in strict form for a number of reps correlates to how big the muscles are. If you want to get bigger, you got to get stronger.”
  • “I’ve come to realize, nothing in life is black or white. Nothing is all good. Nothing is all bad.”
  • “It’s good to exercise discipline with anything”
  • “We’re all using pretty much the same thing. The thing that was different was my approach to my training. That’s the difference.”
  • “If you have got long muscle bellies, you have the potential to build more muscle mass.”
  • “It’s not the pain in itself that I enjoy. I enjoy the ability to master the pain and to be above it and to be able to go through it with my determination because your impulses are telling you to stop. It’s hurting. Why would you carry on? Just stop, man. But no. There’s a goal at the end that I want to get to. So, in order to achieve that goal, I’m willing to go through the pain and I’ll go through the pain and I’ll take pride in the fact that I was able to do that. It’s like mastery over your instincts that wants to be comfortable all the time and doesn’t want to go through that.”
  • “Nothing that’s really of value comes without some kind of pain or some sacrifice, I don’t think.”
  • “I don’t kiss anybody’s ass or I don’t look down on anybody. I treat everybody the same. So, that’s my policy.”
  • “If you have some status everybody treats you nice. Everyone treats me nice because I’m Dorian, I’m Mr. Olympia. But how do you treat the guy that’s the waiter or how did you treat this guy that you say is your friend and you know I kind of observe people.”

Check out All Dorian Yates Quotes.


Dorian Yates Teenager


  • Dorian Yates grew up in rural Staffordshire with a farm and some animals in his house
  • Once in school, for a charity run, a kid who was a runner from a family of boxers told Dorian that he was a great runner but Dorian said that he was better and as they were running around the 400 meters track for laps, Dorian had the mindset that he could not give up. The runner kid quit around 20 laps. Dorian kept going for 45 laps and the teacher told him to stop because the teacher had to go home.
  • Dorian Yates also remembers chopping down trees to build a big bonfire for Bonfire Night on November 5th all by himself
  • He was sent to a detention center while he was 18 years old and found that he was stronger and had the best physique among all in the center
  • Dorian realized that he could do something with his life with his physique and decided to get his act together to transform his life


  • Dorian Yates won the Mr. Birmingham contest while being natural
  • He won in the Novice Class in England on his Federation debut
  • Ron Davis, the President of the Federation in England and a Judge at Mr. Olympia asked Dorian why he was competing in the Novice Class. Dorian told that he was not good enough for the heavyweight class. Ron Davis told Dorian that he was the best bodybuilder in the country then.
  • Dorian Yates was insisted to represent England in the World Games as a Heavyweight where he placed 7th out of 13 contestants in 1985
  • Dorian Yates won the British Championship in 1986 in the Heavyweight Category
  • He won the British Championship in 1988 in both the Heavyweight and Overall Categories


  • Dorian Yates placed 2nd in his first International Bodybuilding Contest, at the Night of Champions in 1990 behind Mohammad Benaziza
  • He received $7000 as his prize for the second placing
  • He returned  in 1991 and won the Night of Champions contest


Dorian Yates 1991 Mr Olympia Debut

  • Dorian Yates made his Mr. Olympia debut in 1991 against reigning Mr. Olympia, Lee Haney
  • Dorian Yates’ contact in New York misled him to thinking that Lee Haney was a bully on stage and during the final comparison between Lee Haney and Dorian Yates, Dorian properly banged his elbow into Lee Haney and did it three times to let Lee Haney know that he cannot push Dorian Yates around. Lee Haney was surprised to see Dorian acting rough and gave him a taste of his own medicine during the final posedown putting his wrist to Dorian’s face while performing the Crucifix pose.
  • Dorian Yates placed 2nd in his debut, Mr. Olympia, behind Lee Haney

Also Read: The Tim Ferriss Show: Dorian Yates Interview


  • Dorian Yates was backed to open the Temple Gym in Birmingham after he won the British Championship in 1986
  • He met his first wife, Debbie Chin during the time he started training and had a son, Lewis Yates with her. They got married a little after Dorian got 2nd in Mr. Olympia in 1991.
  • He kept to himself during his training years and let out all the aggression he had in the gym
  • He recalls one instance where he lost his cool while his son and he were watching television and his son was savoring his ice popsicle and Dorian lost his cool and told his son to go to the kitchen to eat the popsicle
  • After his 1990 Night of Champions, he was contacted by Vince McMahon and Tom Platz to join the World Bodybuilding Federation. He declined the offer saying that he had the belief that he can win Mr. Olympia.
  • Dorian Yates had plans of launching a clothing brand along with Mike Mentzer and Ray Mentzer but it didn’t happen as Mike and Ray kept fighting with each other
  • Dorian Yates has logs of every workout he did from 1983 to 1997
  • He resides in Spain nowadays and enjoys Yoga, Meditation and Cycling on the hills of Spain
  • He is a proponent for the use of CBD for recreational purposes
  • He is married to Glauce Ferreira who is a Brazilian Professional Fitness Model
  • He is planning to be on the Hotboxin’ Podcast with Mike Tyson


  1. Sergio Olivia
  2. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  3. Lee Haney
  4. Ronnie Coleman
  5. Dorian Yates


Dorian Yates

1. Bench Press – Around 500 lbs

2. Bent Over Rows – Around 450 lbs

3. Leg Press – Around 1500 lbs

4. Deadlifts – Around 500 lbs

5. Shoulder Press – Around 160 lbs

6. Dumbbell Flys – Around 120 lbs


  • Flex Wheeler
  • Frank Zane
  • Brandon Curry
  • William Bonac
  • Hadi Choopan
  • Michael Jordan
  • Kobe Bryant
  • Lebron James
  • Stephen Curry
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Ken Norton
  • Joe Frazier
  • George Foreman
  • Debbie Chin
  • Lewis Yates
  • Guy Fawkes
  • Katie Hopkins
  • Nigel Farage
  • Sean Atwood
  • Dave Courtney
  • Kray Twins
  • Reggie Kray
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Joe Weider
  • Lee Haney
  • Ron Davis
  • Vince McMahon
  • Tom Platz
  • Arthur Jones
  • Peter McGough
  • Clancy Ross
  • Robby Robinson
  • Bill Phillips
  • Ronnie Coleman
  • Paul Dillett
  • Sergio Olivia
  • Sergio Nubret
  • Phil Heath
  • Shawn Rhoden
  • Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin
  • Canelo Alvarez
  • Andy Ruiz
  • Lance Armstrong
  • Chris Cormier
  • Mike Mentzer
  • Ray Mentzer
  • Andreas Münzer
  • Mohammad Benaziza
  • Sonny Schmidt
  • Mike Matarazzo
  • Greg Kovacs
  • Rich Piana
  • Nasser El Sonbaty
  • Aaron Baker
  • Angel Teves
  • Monica Bryant
  • Jean Pierre Fux
  • Lou Ferrigno
  • Boris Johnson
  • John F Kennedy
  • Jacqueline Lee “Jackie” Kennedy Onassis
  • Jim Jenkins
  • Lyndon B Johnson
  • Kevin Levrone
  • Lee Labrada
  • Winston Churchill
  • Chamberlain
  • Adolf Hitler
  • Michael Jackson
  • Mike Tyson
  • Joe Egan



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