Dorian Yates earned the nickname ‘The Shadow’ for his unique behavior. During his prime, the 6x Mr. Olympia disappeared from the limelight for the entire year.
He later arrived on the stage of Mr.Olympia with a massive shredded avatar. He would train rigorously in the Temple Gym Birmingham, in seclusion to build a mass monster physique.
It is well-known that Yates chose to follow the HIT training regimen. However, the 61-year-old bodybuilder has now unveiled another aspect of his training that mirrors the workout routine of his idol, Bruce Lee. Yates took to Instagram to share how he used to carefully plan his training regimen, drawing parallels to the meticulous approach of the martial arts legend.
This revelation sheds light on Yates’ dedication and attention to detail in his pursuit of physical excellence, showcasing his admiration for Bruce Lee’s disciplined approach to fitness.
Dorian Yates organized and well-planned training
Many bodybuilding icons were inspired by the Kung Fu god Bruce Lee. The elite among them is 6x Mr.Olympia champion, Dorian Yates. Before bodybuilding became his life, Yates was into Karate training as a kid and was inspired by Lee’s on-screen persona.
“I was a big fan of Bruce Lee… you know he had that physique, he was shredded and could do all these amazing physical things,” he earlier said in an interview.
The latest Instagram post of the veteran bodybuilder reveals another crucial fact about his training regime that can be compared to Lee. “I got every single workout that I ever did from 1983 to 1997 written down. I wrote down every single workout and their notes underneath,” he revealed in the post.
Yates was a prudent organizer who kept note of 14 years of workouts, the number of reps, and weights. He then would check the progress every month and set realistic goals. So it was all very calculated and planned and strategized like a general, he added.
He further mentioned in the caption, “Without a plan, without a direction, you won’t get very far in reaching your goals.” One can draw a comparison between Yates organizing skill and Bruce Lee’s meticulous planning that he noted down in his diary.
The martial arts icon’s diary revealed his training secret
Bruce Lee’s physique and strength are revered by his fans to date. The secret to his proficiency in martial arts is credited to his training regime. The Instagram page of the late action hero shared a snippet from his diary to give fans a glimpse of Lee’s training routine.
The diary is filled with tasks, reps, and certain specifications such as punches for both right and left hands, cycling, and running. The jolting down of his training regime could have helped Lee to improve his skill apart from being disciplined.
Bruce Lee remains a true inspiration, having lived a life characterized by discipline and unwavering dedication. Despite his premature departure, the legendary figure continues to inspire numerous young athletes, including Yates.
Motivated by Lee’s example, Yates carved his own path in the realm of bodybuilding, leaving an indelible mark on the industry. His remarkable achievements stand as a testament to the influence and enduring impact of Bruce Lee’s legacy, inspiring generations of aspiring athletes to pursue their passions with the same unwavering commitment and drive.