Doesn’t this prove that low volume high intensity works? I’m sure, many will say, No, it doesn’t prove anything. Well, this is how Dorian trained for years and got to be one of the biggest bodybuilders ever. He now trains all his guys this same way.
Yes, high volume is superior. NOT. [/quote]
Dorian didn’t use low volume for his entire lifting career. From 1983 to 1992 he trained with less volume than many of his peers, but it wasn’t so low to be considered very low volume. Six to nine sets per bodypart isn’t very low.
He employed his one-set-to-failure approach from '92 to '97. And this is a bit vague also because for some exercises he ramped up a bit with moderately heavy sets.
I agree with Stu in that Dorian is highly intelligent, methodical, and analytical. The one thing that doesn’t sit so well with me is that it seems he doesn’t tailor any of his training of others and puts them through the same workouts he used. Throughout all his columns in various mags, when questioned on how to design workouts for lagging bodyparts or a certain structure, he always gave the same information, regardless of what he was asked. If someone asked how to prioritize hamstrings, he gave his workout: lying leg curls, stiff-legged deadlifts, and standing leg curls. Shoulders? Overhead press, lateral raises, and cable or machine lateral raises. And so on and so on. Granted his advice wasn’t and isn’t bad, but it shows some narrow mindedness or lack of knowing how to apply training information to others situations. Like if someone is barrel chested with short arms, yeah, sure pound away at flat benches. But if he’s got a narrow torso and overpowering triceps and shoulders, you might have him do some pre-exaust with dumbbells or cables followed by dumbbell or incline barbell benches. Same goes for similar situations.
I’m also not a fan of constant employment of forced reps and training beyond failure and a total lack of acknowledging how higher volume can be used and its benefits.
Anyway, as some know, I’m a huge Dorian fan. [/quote]
Mentzer was the same way, and well, it’s probably not surprising that Yates picked up that attitude.