Blood N Guts – Dorian Yates Book Review

September 17th, 2007 by Paul Johnson

Dorian Yates is one of my favorite pro-bodybuilders of all time. He is known for his amazing lat spread, unreal muscle hardness, 6 Mr. Olympia titles during the 90’s, and his training style.

I read this book a few months ago and decided to review it now, for people who might be thinking of buying it.

The book first goes into Dorian's beginnings as a teen. Dorian didn't have it easy, like many other pro-bodybuilders. He started out as a bit of a thug and rebel. When he got put into a correction facility as a teen, he decided to make a change in his life. It wasn't until he was in his 20's, he became a serious bodybuilder.

It is amazing that not only was he able to change his life around, but start bodybuilding so late and still get where he is today. It probably was a combination of unbelievable genetics (I think everyone agrees his genetics were unreal), but also high aspirations. Dorian Yates exhumed a lot of confidence about himself and was very goal orientated. The biography of his life could have been longer, as I found this part of the book a very good read and inspiration.

One striking difference between Dorian yates and many other pro bodybuilders is his training style. Dorian Yates followed Mike Mentzer's HIT low volume workout principles instead of the high volume. The book has pictures of excercises and examples of training splits. The book was made for both beginner and advanced bodybuilders. The nutritional part of the book is also practical advice, just like his training advice. Overall, I highly recommend this book as a good read for any serious aspiring bodybuilder.

You can purchase Blood and Guts at Amazon.

  1. Jim on February 16th, 2008

    In the late 80’s and early 1990’s (being new to the iron game) I first adopted the high volume weight training routines featured in Muscle and Fiction…uh, I mean Fitness magazine. Being drug-free, my results were less than spectacular. Then, in the mid 1990’s I read some articles from Mike Mentzer and Dorian Yates. They were the thinking man’s bodybuilder, though I think Mentzer’s views became too radical. Any way, I began a routine similar to Yates’; 1 set to failure per exercise, 2-5 work sets per bodypart max, and training each bodypart only once every 5, or 6 days in a sensible split. I started getting great results almost immediately! Ever since then, I’ve been a huge fan of Dorian Yates, and followed his bodybuilding career until his retirement. What I found especially cool about Yates was the functional strength he had along with his enormous muscle mass (440 lbs for 8 reps on both incline barbell presses, and his special underhand-grip bent-over row, for example). He wasn’t just another puffed-up water-weenie, like so many other pro-bodybuilders were then, and are today.

  2. Gain Weight Fast on February 27th, 2008

    Dorian was in second, more recent DVD where he trains IFBB female bodybuilder Marika Johansson. The DVD is called “Cinderella Story” and the training routine features some twists on his original Blood & Guts style of training. He talks about training 4 days a week, and they show two of the entire days’ worth of training footage in the DVD.

    If you follow Dorian’s original DVD from the 90’s, he will help clarify many of the questions as to why certain things were done in a certain way.

  3. RHONDA on April 7th, 2009


    How can i get a copy of the book Blood n Guts ?

  4. admin on April 21st, 2009

    There is a link in the post to amazon.

  5. simbu on September 28th, 2010

    how can i get the copy of blood & guts