Dorian Yates leads fitness star Mike Thurston through intense leg workout

Dorian Yates pushed Mike Thurston to failure with his latest leg routine.

Dorian Yates became known for his massive back during his time on stage. His overall passion and drive for the gym has built a championship physique. Yates continues to work in the gym and lead intense workouts. fitness star Mike Thurston joined Yates for a crazy leg workout.

Yates won the Olympic title six times in a row from 1992 to 1997. He is now 60 and retains a shredded physique in retirement. Thurston has built a huge following on social media, eclipsing millions of followers. This isn’t the first time the two have come together, previously doing a chest and biceps workout.

Below, check out all the details of the workout between Dorian Yates and Mike Thurston.

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Dorian Yates and Mike Thurston Leg Workout

Deep Wall Squat

The warm-up portion of the workout was a deep wall squat. It involved stretching the muscles before taking on heavy weights. To get the most out of the warm-up, you need to keep your legs close together.

“You can feel the lower glutes stretching. You’re going to sit there for two minutes. Well, I tend to do more static stretches post-workout these days. When the whole body will relax , I will do mobility movements with you.”

Lying bent over oblique knee twist / lifted leg twist

The next exercise was done by swinging the hips from side to side. Dorian Yates led Mike Thurston through this part of training and demonstrated it himself.

“It works around your lower back and your glutes, it warms that up. Now, we’ll start with the first one now.

leg extension machine

After two exercises that could be categorized as warm-ups or stretches, Yates and Thurston got to the main parts of the workout. It all started with the leg extension machine. Yates suggested you stand after sets on this machine.

“If you sit still, you delay recovery because you’re just sitting there and letting all the waste sit in your legs. If you move a bit and breathe.

Dorian Yates explained that he does 10 minutes of cardio a week. Additionally, during leg day, Yates focuses on hitting solid reps rather than high numbers. That’s why he focuses on repetitions before failing.

Lying Leg Press Machine

The recumbent leg press is next. This is an exercise that hits the hamstrings, quadriceps and glutes. There are certain instances where the legs can be kicked all at once and this is one of those workouts.

“You’re going to get more out of it when it comes to quad work. You are going to feel that much more. We won’t need to warm up too much, one or two sets to warm up, then go all-in.

Yates is a proponent of warming up before workouts, but he thinks there are “overheatings”.

squatting machine

The hack squat machine is one of the best for activating the quads. To get the most out of this machine, it pays to work slowly downhill before you explode.

“Find the position of your feet, it will depend on the length of your legs in general. We’re getting closer yeah. The toes are bent like that. We’re going to go down deep here.

Lying leg flexion

The penultimate workout was prone leg curls. This is another workout for hitting the hamstrings. Dorian Yates explained to Mike Thurston that he doesn’t have to fail every exercise.

“The lesson here is this: you don’t necessarily have to go all the way to absolute failure beyond failure with every body part.”

Stiff leg deadlift with barbell

To end the day, the duo hit some stiff-legged deadlifts. The workout lasted nearly an hour and both were exhausted by the end. Dorian Yates continues to be an influential name in bodybuilding and shared his wisdom with Mike Thurston during this workout. Now others can take it on and see how taxing it can be.

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Teresa E. Burton