Even Joe Weider couldn’t get this 260lb mass monster to follow standard camera etiquette: “Let this guy do what he wants”

As one of the most respected bodybuilders, whose powerful and pioneering vision made bodybuilding a respectable sports genre, Joe Weider’s name has become synonymous with the sport. However, in the 90s came a champion so determined that not even IFBB co-founder Joe Weider could convince him to do a standard camera routine for his magazines. The bodybuilder was none other than Dorian Yates.

While everyone, including Joe Weider, tried to get him to laugh on camera, the 6x Mr. Olympia this still. After the trials failed, Weider eventually also gave up. In the end, Yates did what he liked. While the incident portrays Yates as a stubborn headstrong personality, a little context will convince you that he’s practically very shy on the inside.

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Bodybuilding magazines used to be one of the popular sources of investment for bodybuilders. The magazines promoted both the acclaimed bodybuilders and the sport. However, this was not the case with the six-time Mr. O champion, Dorian Yates. His extremely shy nature made him conscious in front of the camera. In the 2019 interview, Yates talked about his shy nature and how it affected him on camera.

Yates told Escape Fitness, “I wasn’t comfortable talking on camera, very uncomfortable because I’ve never been exposed to it. Even after my photo was taken, it probably took me until after I stopped bodybuilding to just smile for the camera.

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While describing his dilemma on camera, he explained how he handled the situation. He said, “I couldn’t smile, just take the picture man. I can’t smile and don’t feel like smiling. Even Joe Weider tried to make me laugh and finally he said, look, just let this guy do what he wants because that’s what he’s going to do. You know, in the end they just accepted me. Let’s take a look at Dorian Yates’ childhood and teenage life, which could be a logical explanation for his shy personality.

The troubled childhood of Dorian Yates and his entry into the sport

Regarding his past before taking up bodybuilding, Dorian Yates had a tragic childhood. His father died early, prompting him and his mother to move to Birmingham. Sadly, his mother’s second husband also died soon after, and she too left the place. However, Yates decided to stay. But the influence led him to the detention center for a few months. Incredible, that was it the turning point in his life.

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According to the established standards in the detention center, they had to regularly engage in physical exercises, which everyone disliked except him. His dominance over everyone there made him curious and he found his interest in strength training and bodybuilding. So when he got out he started training in earnest and won his first title, the British Championship and started his journey from there, never looking back.

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Joe Weider can accept a photo without a smile, but he can’t accept one of his best bodybuilders struggling unnecessarily. That is a quality of the leader. What do you think of the sweet exchange between Weider and Dorian Yates? Let us know in the comment section.

Even Joe Weider couldn’t get this 260lb mass monster to follow standard camera etiquette: “Let this guy do what he wants”

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