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Mike Mentzer High Intensity Training

Mike Mentzer Biography

Legendary bodybuilder Mike Mentzer started at age eighteen competing in local contests. After competing in a series of competitions, Mentzer suffered his first big defeat at the AAU Mr America contest, which was won by 19-year-old Casey Viator. Soon after, he was referred by Viator to Arthur Jones who introduced Mike to high intensity training.

Mike Mentzer using those concepts and renaming it Heavy Duty Training began working his way up in the bodybuilding world, he won the 1976 IFBB Mr. America, the 1978 IFBB Mr. Universe and then went on to win the heavyweight class in the 1979 IFBB Mr. Olympia competition.

Sadly Mike ended his career at the age of 29, retiring after placing fourth in a 1980 IFBB Mr. Olympia competition that he claimed was rigged.

Mike Mentzer Heavy Duty Training

One of the reasons why Mentzer was so successful in his bodybuilding aspirations was because he incorporated many years of observations, physiology knowledge, and scientific experiments into developing an intense training regime.

When Mentzer first met Arthur Jones, he was serving in the U.S. Air Force and would often have to do his workouts after working a 12-hour shift. This helped him to decide to try high intensity training, a system that provided the biggest results in the shortest amount of time. As a result, he developed his own Heavy Duty Training program that involved lifting very heavy weights for as many repetitions as one possibly could. Many aspiring bodybuilders followed this routine of Heavy Duty training for years.

Problems with Mike Mentzer Training

Even though Mike emphasized the need to maintain correct form and to do reps slowly, many deemed it unsafe because lifting extremely heavy weights on a continuous basis can be risky.

It is not just lifting heavy but the intensity of your workouts that lead to hypertrophy of your muscles. Intensity can be generated in many ways, using heavy weights is only one way.

In the end Mentzer recommend workouts much too low in volume and frequency to get much in the way of results for most people. In fact, he suggested you do one to five sets followed by seven to ten recovery days. Sometimes only working a body part twice in a months time.

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