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Mike Mentzer Leg Workout


If you are not familiar with Mike Mentzer's HIT (high intensity training) then some reading on the subject is highly recommended. Great bodybuilders like the 6 time Mr. Olympia winner Dorian Yates used HIT to get huge gains. It is a high intensity workout where minimum rest is taken using very little volume.

Mike and his brother Ray were pioneers in high intensity training when the bodybuilding world was endorsing volume training and doing lots of reps with lots of sets. Mike and his brother developed what they called HIT (high intensity training) which was the forerunner of the now well-proven HIIT (high intensity interval training).

Training past the point of failure was not something that many were scientifically testing to see if it actually worked but Mike took it all a step farther by reducing his training to only one set for each movement. After a short set of 6 to 8 reps with maximum weight he would then do forced reps with the same movement and after completing 2 or 3 forced reps would then do 2 or 3 negatives.

It is all about intensity and pushing your muscles beyond the point of failure by doing forced reps and negatives. If you are fortunate to train with a partner it will save you the hassle of using a power rack or a Smith machine to perform forced reps and negatives after the set has been completed.

Mike would train without stopping despite the heavy weights lifted. He strongly believed in pre-exhaustion doing leg extensions before starting with leg press or squats with maximum weight as well as doing forced reps and negatives. It is an intense workout not for the feint-hearted.

Mike Mentzer's Leg Routine:

Superset leg extensions 1 x 6-8 with leg presses then doing forced reps for 1 x 6-8 and then one set of negatives when the set is complete.

Squats 1 set for 6-8 reps with 2 reps forced reps and 2 negatives
Leg curls 2 sets for 6-8 reps with 2 reps forced reps and 2 negatives
Calf raises 2 sets for 6-8 reps
Toe presses 1 set for 6-8 reps

For the best muscle building results get the new HITMAN High Intensity Training Manual. It's unlike any other workout program you've ever tried and people using it are gaining up to 20 to 30 pounds of new muscle in only 2 to 3 months!


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