Dorian Yates: The Original Mass Monster
Intro: In the UK, the bodybuilding community back in the 80s was very, very small. You get to hear whispering. This one day in particular, I kept hearing the same story. It was this big mother who’s training down at the Weider gym in Birmingham. It was like it was just a caveman. He created the heavy-duty image of a bodybuilder.
Jay Cutler: He set a standard. I mean, he pushed the bodies to the next level, focused on one goal to win.
Peter McGough: It was all building up to one all out set. Everything would be given all-out. Bang!
Dorian Yates: I got in trouble. I was in a gang and I was 19 years old.
Peter McGough: He became a skinhead, got the tattoos, and he got arrested and started training with weights.
Woman: It’s two weeks out from the Olympia. I remember I heard this massive tear and it was his tricep coming off.
Man: It was so bad he said “there’s no way I can get through this one”. Next morning, he changed his mind. He was going to do everything to get into the Olympia.
Woman: And the minute he got off stage, he collapsed.
King Kamali: Partying. Wow! Take that discipline and that insanity for bodybuilding and put it into party. He went off the deep end.
Dorian Yates: …Drug use and multiple girlfriends and I accidentally overdosed. I was dying, man.
Interviewer: Seems like you were slightly bitter about the bodybuilding industry today?
Dorian Yates: Whose take is that? I’m not bitter about it at all, Mr. Vlad.
Featuring new interviews from Dorian himself alongside Jay Cutler, King Kamali, Chris Cormier, Steve Weinberger, and Peter McGough. Director: Vlad Yudin