A LEGENDARY bodybuilder who started exercising in prison has revealed the simple method he used to win six Mr. Olympia titles.
Dorian Yates, 60, became a bodybuilding icon after turning to the sport in prison.
The ’90s weightlifting pro once dominated the bodybuilding arena and clinched six Mr. Olympia titles – and claims a simple trick helped him get there.
In an interview with Escape Fitness, Yates said all you need to reach your level of success is a pen and paper.
The Birmingham native revealed that throughout his bodybuilding journey he wrote his goals down on a piece of paper and then signed it.
Yates said it’s a practice he recommends to everyone after finding fame in the industry.
“From 1983 to 1997, I wrote down every exercise … and then I wrote down short-term goals, which were usually a month, long-term goals were 12 months,” the former Mr. Olympia said in the interview.
He also explained that writing down how much he could lift on “key lifts like bench squats and deadlifts” brought him victory.
The bodybuilding legend then made it a habit to sign off on a new list of his workout goals every month.
Yates emphasized another important point about goal writing — setting “reasonable goals.”
“If you say something ridiculous that you can’t achieve, it’s not going to help you, it’s just going to demotivate you,” he said.
The English champion urged followers of this simple trick to move responsibly to get the most out of the method.
But despite the status Yates now holds in the bodybuilding world, he said achieving the “small goals” is important.
The weightlifting legend also revealed that his long career in extreme sports takes an incredible toll on his body.
“I trained everything for about six to eight weeks and then I got symptoms of overtraining… I don’t think I’ve been doing the down cycle right and giving my body enough rest that it’s needed over the years,” he said in an interview.
The result of this “overtraining,” he says, led to most of the injuries he now suffers from.
“Most of the injuries didn’t happen at that moment, but they’re an accumulation of scar tissue and bits and pieces that last a long time, inflammation and so on that haven’t been treated and given enough rest.”
This series of injuries eventually forced him to leave the pro circuit in 1997.
Despite this, Yates still goes hard to the gym and uploads motivational videos to his Instagram.
In a social media post, Yates shared a picture of his mangled body from the past and wrote a lengthy message to his fans.
It said: “One thing I can guarantee, he doesn’t train as hard as I do, he doesn’t devote as much as I do.
“It’s not possible, I couldn’t give another gram what I was doing and I knew I had left it all in the gym … it made me feel like I was pretty strong.”