"Never let those who lack belief in themselves rob you of yours!"
Dorian Yates
Dorian Yates
6-time Mr. Olympia winner

Dorian Yates Quotes on Mindset:

I am not really good at knowing where 85 or 90 percent is. I only know where zero and one hundred is.

Everyday is the first day of the rest of your life. Don’t dwell on your past mistakes, nor judge others for theirs.

Never let those who lack belief in themselves rob you of yours !

If I listened to my instincts, I’d be down at the pub chasing women, not under a 400 pound bar squatting.

Shoulder width is an absolute requirement for displaying the V taper that will make or break your physique.

Everything is Mental.

Work hard in silence let your success make the noise !

That 1 hour spent in the GYM is important! But the key to results is how you spend the other 23 !

Be a witness, not a judge. Focus on yourself, not on others. Listen to you, not the crowd.

"At the end of the day it's not a weight contest, it's a visual contest. And it doesn't matter what you say you weigh, if you don't look that big then you don't look that big."

Dorian Yates Quotes on Bodybuilding:

Each workout is like a brick in a building, and every time you go in there and do a half-ass workout, you’re not laying a brick down. Somebody else is.
The path to added muscle is consuming more calories than the amount needed to keep your current bodyweight unchanged.
All else being equal, the guy with the best genetics will have the best physique. But rarely are all things equal.
If those guys with better genes trained as hard and intense as me, I wouldn`t stand a chance!
I also think you have less separation if you are fuller. If you go to the gym and pump your arms up they are bigger because of the blood volume, the fullness. But the separation is not so defined.
Go Huge or Go Home.
To be honest, if I was not a competitive bodybuilder I don’t see the point in using steroids and perhaps open yourself up to potential health risks.
The one thing that kind of got me through (the dark times after competitive years) although I didn’t have the goal of training for a Mr. Olympia. Just to go to the gym and train was a form of meditation to me where I would forget about the outside world and problems.
Instead of looking at what you lost. Look at what you’ve gained.
Freedom is not giving a fuck
You can create that story with your mind and take steps to make it happen. And it can happen.

“What’s the point of going if I’m not ready to win. That was my whole mentality.”

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’ve 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.
Instead of saying something, get a pen, get a piece of paper and write it down. It makes it 100 times more powerful.
You have to have a plan. If you just wander in the gym and think about what should I do today, you’re not going to get anywhere.
I was a man on a mission and it’s hard to control the fire sometimes.
I was never the guy that was going to be working for somebody else or working from 9 to 5. That was never going to happen.



Dorian Yates is an English former professional bodybuilder. He is often considered to be one of the top bodybuilders in modern history. 

From 1992 to his retirement in 1997, Yates won every single contest he entered. His professional record consists of 15 major contest wins and two second-place finishes. Between 1992 and 1997, he won the Mr Olympia title six consecutive times. He is fifth on the list of bodybuilders with most Mr Olympia titles. 

In 1993, Yates published his autobiography titled Blood and Guts. In 1994, he co-founded a company named Heavy Duty Inc., which marketed athletic clothes and bodybuilding books. In 2006, he opened his own company, Dorian Yates Ultimate Formulas, which offers protein and weight gain supplements.