In the 1990s, while Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls captivated the world of team sports with a dominant six NBA championships in eight years, Dorian Yates was simultaneously writing each chapter of his own dynasty. From 1992-1997, the English bodybuilder has won six consecutive Mr. titles. Olympia. To establish his reign, Yates notably defeated legends such as four-time Arnold Classic winner Ken “Flex” Wheeler (1993, 1997-1998, 2000), 1985 Mr. Universe Lee Labrada, and even perhaps the greatest competitor in the history of the sport eight times Mr. Olympia (1998-2005) Ronnie Coleman.
Years after Yates last trained to have the world’s best body on stage, it looks like he remains in tip-top shape. On January 10, 2023, Yates posted a picture on his Instagram profile in which he stretched his arms and craned his neck while a small waterfall from Tijuca National Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, read his body. It is unclear when exactly Yates captured the image. However, his current body – especially for someone who will turn 60 in April 2022 – is something to behold.
From his ripped abs and chest to his toned arms, it’s clear that Yates is still taking care of himself.
Besides showing off her body, Yates uses the photo of “the world’s largest urban forest” as a symbolic message of positivity and staying clean, with eyes forward. This is a potentially relevant note to improve others starting the new year, especially for someone like Yates, who has almost 1.4 million followers on his Instagram.
“Wash away all fear and negativity,” Yates wrote. “The feeling of gratitude is the ultimate state of acceptance.”
After his prolific Olympia run from 1992-1997, Yates would formally retire from the sport of bodybuilding and begin a well-earned retirement in his mid-30s. In November 2022, the legend posted on Instagram and talked about how motivated he was to become one of the greatest bodybuilders in his career as a focused mission. At the same time, Yates defined a lifestyle where he didn’t have to push himself at the expense of his physical, mental, and emotional health. He is now active in the nutritional supplement business, most notably forming the company DY Nutrition in 2011, which releases supplements and occasional training guide videos produced by Yates.
The legendary athlete is married to Gal Ferreira Yates, another experienced athlete in the body as the 2007 South American champion and 2007 Figure Brazilian winner. The fitness couple mainly live in Spain, although Yates’ appearance in Rio de Janeiro suggests they spend a lot of time in his wife’s native Brazil, as well.
With his place in bodybuilding history secure, the world seemed to be Yates’ oyster. He can make it what he wants. That he continues to be passionately involved in strength and endurance, and is in a position where he can reflect on his past, is a fitting testament to his personal growth in retirement.
Featured image: @thedorianyates on Instagram
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