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    Dorian Yates routines 1983-1992

    There is a big misconception, especially with the Mike Mentzer and Arthur Jones followers, that Dorian Yates built his body with low volume and only one set to failure per exercise. Nothing could be further from the truth. Just like the myth that Arnold built his mass by training 6 days a week, twice a day and anywhere from 20 to 30 sets per body part all year round, Dorian actually built most of his mass with volume training.

    Dorian first began training in 1983 with a simple split to build his foundation of mass. He would train half the body in one workout and the other half the next. Dorian hit the gym every other day in his beginning years and put on 20 pounds of muscle in his first two years of training drug free. The workout is as follows

    Day 1

    Chest

    Bench press 1-2 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Incline press 2 x 8-10

    Back

    Chin ups 1-2 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Bent over rows 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Deadlifts 1-2 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10

    Shoulders

    Press behind the neck 1 warm up 10-12 then 2 x 8-10
    Side laterals 2 x 8-10

    Day 2 Rest

    Day 3

    Legs

    Squats 1-2 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Leg press or hack squat 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Leg curls 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Standing calf raise 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Seated calf raise 2 x 8-10

    Arms

    Barbell curls 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Dumbbell curls 2 x 8-10
    Press downs 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Lying extensions 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10

    Day 4 Rest

    Day 5 Repeat cycle

    Dorian would do 1 or 2 warm up sets of 10 to 12 reps at 50 to 70% of his top set max followed by 2 work sets done in a reverse pyramid fashion. The first work set is for 8 reps to failure with the second set at 10 reps with a 10% or so reduction in weight taken to near failure.

    Dorian followed this routine for two years then changed the routine when he started competing in bodybuilding events. The split changed due to the addition of more exercises so now Dorian's split was

    Day 1

    Chest and arms

    Bench press (flat or decline) 2-3 x 10-12 warm ups then 2 x 8-10
    Incline press 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Dumbbell flys 1 x 10-12 warm up then 3 x 8-10 (triple drop set)

    Concentration curls 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Barbell curls 2 x 8-10
    Hammer curls 2 x 8-10

    Press downs 1-2 x 10-12 warm ups then 2 x 8-10
    Lying extensions 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    One arm extensions 2 x 8-10

    Day 2

    Legs

    Leg extensions 3 x 10-12 warm ups then 2 x 8-10
    Leg press 1-2 x 10-12 warm ups then 2 x 8-10
    Squats or hack squats 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Leg curls 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Stiff leg deadlift 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Standing calf raise 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Seated calf raise 2 x 8-10

    Day 3 Rest

    Day 4

    Back and shoulders

    Weighted chin ups 2 x 10-12 warm ups then 2 x 8-10
    Close grip pull downs 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Barbell rows 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Cable rows 2 x 8-10


    Seated dumbbell press 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Side laterals 2 x 8-10
    Rear laterals 2 x 8-10
    Barbell or dumbbell shrugs 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10

    Hyperextensions 2-3 x 12-15

    Day 5 Rest

    Day 6 Repeat cycle

    Dorian kept to his two work sets in this routine which he continued to use up until 1992 when he cut back the works sets from two to one and added high intensity techniques like forced reps, negatives and partials. So as you can see Dorian did for the most part 10-12 sets per body part in his early years.
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    You created an account just to post this stupid ****.

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    Originally Posted by Rmj11 View Post
    There is a big misconception, especially with the Mike Mentzer and Arthur Jones followers, that Dorian Yates built his body with low volume and only one set to failure per exercise. Nothing could be further from the truth. Just like the myth that Arnold built his mass by training 6 days a week, twice a day and anywhere from 20 to 30 sets per body part all year round, Dorian actually built most of his mass with volume training.

    Dorian first began training in 1983 with a simple split to build his foundation of mass. He would train half the body in one workout and the other half the next. Dorian hit the gym every other day in his beginning years and put on 20 pounds of muscle in his first two years of training drug free. The workout is as follows

    Day 1

    Chest

    Bench press 1-2 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Incline press 2 x 8-10

    Back

    Chin ups 1-2 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Bent over rows 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Deadlifts 1-2 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10

    Shoulders

    Press behind the neck 1 warm up 10-12 then 2 x 8-10
    Side laterals 2 x 8-10

    Day 2 Rest

    Day 3

    Legs

    Squats 1-2 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Leg press or hack squat 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Leg curls 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Standing calf raise 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Seated calf raise 2 x 8-10

    Arms

    Barbell curls 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Dumbbell curls 2 x 8-10
    Press downs 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Lying extensions 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10

    Day 4 Rest

    Day 5 Repeat cycle

    Dorian would do 1 or 2 warm up sets of 10 to 12 reps at 50 to 70% of his top set max followed by 2 work sets done in a reverse pyramid fashion. The first work set is for 8 reps to failure with the second set at 10 reps with a 10% or so reduction in weight taken to near failure.

    Dorian followed this routine for two years then changed the routine when he started competing in bodybuilding events. The split changed due to the addition of more exercises so now Dorian's split was

    Day 1

    Chest and arms

    Bench press (flat or decline) 2-3 x 10-12 warm ups then 2 x 8-10
    Incline press 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Dumbbell flys 1 x 10-12 warm up then 3 x 8-10 (triple drop set)

    Concentration curls 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Barbell curls 2 x 8-10
    Hammer curls 2 x 8-10

    Press downs 1-2 x 10-12 warm ups then 2 x 8-10
    Lying extensions 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    One arm extensions 2 x 8-10

    Day 2

    Legs

    Leg extensions 3 x 10-12 warm ups then 2 x 8-10
    Leg press 1-2 x 10-12 warm ups then 2 x 8-10
    Squats or hack squats 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Leg curls 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Stiff leg deadlift 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Standing calf raise 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Seated calf raise 2 x 8-10

    Day 3 Rest

    Day 4

    Back and shoulders

    Weighted chin ups 2 x 10-12 warm ups then 2 x 8-10
    Close grip pull downs 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Barbell rows 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Cable rows 2 x 8-10


    Seated dumbbell press 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10
    Side laterals 2 x 8-10
    Rear laterals 2 x 8-10
    Barbell or dumbbell shrugs 1 x 10-12 warm up then 2 x 8-10

    Hyperextensions 2-3 x 12-15

    Day 5 Rest

    Day 6 Repeat cycle

    Dorian kept to his two work sets in this routine which he continued to use up until 1992 when he cut back the works sets from two to one and added high intensity techniques like forced reps, negatives and partials. So as you can see Dorian did for the most part 10-12 sets per body part in his early years.
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    Gaining 20 pounds in 2 years isn't really impressive for a beginner.
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    Originally Posted by BartPimpson View Post
    Gaining 20 pounds in 2 years isn't really impressive for a beginner.
    Agreed. I put on almost 30 in eight weeks when I first started.

    Probably why he started working with Mentzer.
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    Originally Posted by grouchyjarhead View Post
    Agreed. I put on almost 30 in eight weeks when I first started.

    Probably why he started working with Mentzer.
    he never worked with mentzer. mentzer tagged along during a session when he happened to be in town one day in the u.s, took a bunch of photos to make it appear as such. even yates himself had to clarify this point.
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    Originally Posted by BartPimpson View Post
    Gaining 20 pounds in 2 years isn't really impressive for a beginner.
    It is a lot, thats 20lbs of lean pure muslce, not bodyweight and natural. Also I bet his strength skyrocketed. A 10lb increase in bodyweight would easily amount to 50lbs on bench if lean muslce. Yates started off doing 180lbs from memory, i would expect he was handling 280lbs after a 20lb increase which is what you would expect.

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    Originally Posted by Rmj11 View Post
    Dorian kept to his two work sets in this routine which he continued to use up until 1992 when he cut back the works sets from two to one and added high intensity techniques like forced reps, negatives and partials. So as you can see Dorian did for the most part 10-12 sets per body part in his early years.

    No? As I can see, he was doing 5-8 sets per muscle once every 5-6 days. Where did you get 10-12 sets from? You don't count warm ups as working sets. He did low volume from day 1.
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