The bodybuilding legend has some thoughts on the state of bodybuilding.
Dorian Yates is not impressed with the state of bodybuilding these days.
"It's a bit difficult for me to find much about modern bodybuilding that I do like," Dorian said. "Even though I no longer train very heavy anymore and it's not so relevant to me personally, bodybuilding to me was all about the gym. The stage and the actual competition part of it was really so minor for me."
Competing, Dorian said, was just a focal point to get into peak condition; training was the main pursuit.
"My passion was always in training as hard and as heavy as I could, to push myself past previous limits again and again," he said. "That attitude used to be very common among bodybuilders. Do people love training the way they used to? For the most part, I don't think so. We used to talk about new training methods and get excited about trying them out in the gym. We took pride in overcoming the physical and mental challenges necessary to rise above the rest of the pack. Now, I hardly hear the current crop of top bodybuilders talk about training with any real passion or enthusiasm. It's just something they have to do, and don't really take much joy in."
This sentiment is echoed by some other '90s era bodybuilders, such as eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman, who expressed similar views when we spoke to him at the 2015 Arnold Classic Australia. Ronnie said that if the top guys today were around back when he competing, they wouldn't even place top five.
"They don't even look like they train that hard, some of them," Ronnie said.
However, with Kevin Levrone returning to the Olympia stage at the age of 52 this year, we may yet see the '90s era physiques vindicated and a return to the classic aesthetic.
Dorian photo by Michael Neveux