A former bodybuilding "mass monster" has revealed how he once trained with one of his tendons "90% detached" before an elite competition.
Six-time Mr Olympia Dorian Yates, now 61, took to Instagram to reveal the 1997 injury hadn't stopped him getting to the gym after he flew to New York from the UK and back to get special surgery.
"In the gym, I remember there being a huge BANG," Yates told his 1.5m followers. "It sounded like a gunshot and could’ve been heard across the other side of the gym, it was that loud!
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"During my rehab phase, I worked the opposite side as there is evidence that by working this, it’ll actually have some positive effect on the side that is immobilised. Plus, it was good for me mentally to keep moving.
"The surgery itself was successful, but the strength and shape of the tricep was not the same… causing an imbalance."
Yates said his injury nearly stopped him from entering competitions altogether, but he decided to finish his bodybuilding career strong.
"I was going to compete and give it my all one last time," he said.
"During the contest, my tricep was pretty much holding on for dear life and I had to be extremely careful when I was on stage.
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"My tricep tendon was 90% detached, so I was very cautious when posing and defiantly didn’t want to bang elbows with any of my competitors onstage as this can sometimes happen in pose downs. This could’ve caused complete detachment!"
Yates said despite pushing through, his final competition proved enough for him and he decided to retire from bodybuilding once and for all.
"I never appeared onstage again, not even for guest posing. It was all or nothing!" he said.
The muscleman's 25-year career, which came to an end in 1997, saw him take home 15 first-place prizes from major competitions as well as two second-place awards.
He is considered the first of the "mass monsters" in bodybuilding, a movement that saw athletes pile on much larger quantities of muscle.
It started after Yates took the top spot in the Mr Olympia contest for the first time. Not satisfied with his win alone, Yates decided to get even bigger and started an intense training regime that saw him gain 30lbs in just one year.
The transformation saw him win every competition he entered in the final five years of his career.
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