Written by Steve Blechman
23 December 2014


Next MD Issue: Steroids, Big Fat Lies, No Bull Truth!



Six-time Mr. Olympia Dorian Yates was given the nickname “the Shadow” by MD’s Peter McGough in 1986 because his massive physique would cast a shadow over his competitors, and also because Dorian always kept in the shadows he wasn’t like other up-and-coming competitors who would attend every large bodybuilding show to network and schmooze with people in the industry; he was never seen unless he was competing. There was an element of mystery about Dorian: he didn’t say a lot, so he always kept the other competitors guessing what was going on inside his head – and what were the machinations behind Dorian’s enduring dominance.


 Fans of Dorian and other iconic bodybuilders have also wondered about the amount of PEDs (performance-enhancing drugs) used by pros who reached the heights of competitive success. In this month’s MD, Dorian Yates bravely comes forward to set the record straight in an exclusive MD round table with the top three muscle legends of the 90’s – Dorian Yates, Shawn Ray, and Kevin Levrone – in Part 1 of a ground breaking, MD exclusive “The Real Dope on Bodybuilding!”


 When it comes to the stacks used by some of the biggest pros used by some of the biggest pros in professional bodybuilding, there is a ton of lies and misinformation published on the internet. “the cycles I have seen posted that I supposedly did – they were all bullshit. Who knows what I used? Even my wife at times didn’t,” Dorian tells MD’s Ron Harris.


 Dorian’s steroid use is explored in greater detail by Daniel Gwartney, M.D. in this month’s Fat Attack column, “The Dorian Era: the science behind the stack”. What may surprise many readers is that Dorian’s drug use, as well as Kevin Levrone’s and Shawn Ray’s was much simpler and more rational than the “more is better” and “anything goes” attitude espoused by those who accomplished much less. The fact that Dorian has conveyed many of the tools used to achieve a physique with extremely low body fat is all the more impressive because he did so while retaining a superior amount of lean mass in comparison to most of his challengers.


 Bodybuilders like Dorian Yates, as well as millions of men who pound the iron in gyms around the world, know the importance of setting goals and having a plan of action to meet those goals. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” is an unwritten law of bodybuilding muscle.


The rest of the book is packed to the binder as usual – with all the latest cutting-edge research on training, nutrition, fat loss, and drugs. And information on bodybuilding by the industry experts and insiders who make it all happen. This month’s issue is one of our best ever! See you next month with another great issue, our 2015 Arnold Classic Preview and training camp plus exclusive interview with the man who made the Arnold Classic possible Arnold Schwarzenegger.