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.