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High-Intensity Training the Mike Mentzer Way Kindle Edition
A PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
High-intensity bodybuilding advice from the first man to win a perfect score in the Mr. Universe competition
This one-of-a-kind book profiles the high-intensity training (HIT) techniques pioneered by the late Mike Mentzer, the legendary bodybuilder, leading trainer, and renowned bodybuilding consultant. His highly effective, proven approach enables bodybuilders to get results--and win competitions--by doing shorter, less frequent workouts each week. Extremely time-efficient, HIT sessions require roughly 40 minutes per week of training--as compared with the lengthy workout sessions many bodybuilders would expect to put in daily.
In addition to sharing Mentzer's workout and training techniques, featured here is fascinating biographical information and striking photos of the world-class bodybuilder--taken by noted professional bodybuilding photographers--that will inspire and instruct serious bodybuilders and weight lifters everywhere.
From the Back Cover
The advanced techniques, most productive workouts, and life-transforming personal philosophies of bodybuilding legend Mike Mentzer
Whatever your level of fitness, you can kick your muscles--and your mind--into high gear with the radical training philosophies and advanced bodybuilding techniques of Mike Mentzer, the first bodybuilder to ever garner a perfect score in the Mr. Universe competition.
The thinking man's bodybuilder, Mike revolutionized the art of training with his Heavy DutyTM system, proving that "less is more" when it comes to making great gains. But Mike's most advanced ideas have never been revealed--until now. Direct from Mentzer's inner circle--friend and colleague John Little along with Joanne Sharkey, the CEO of Mentzer-Sharkey Enterprises, Inc.--The Wisdom of Mike Mentzer gives you an insider's look at his most intense, in-depth lessons.
Inside these pages you will learn all the fundamentals of:
- HUNGER--the code of integrity for displaying a heroic physique
- Philosophy and character building--why you need never again fear your competition
- The science of productive bodybuilding exercise--Mentzer's fail-safe principles for building maximum size and strength
- Consolidation Training--a lightning-quick workout that works "like magic" for producing phenomenal muscle growth
- •Advanced Heavy DutyTM techniques, such as Omni-Contraction Training, Infitonic Training, and Rest-Pause Training
The Wisdom of Mike Mentzer provides readers with a unique insight into the world of Mike Mentzer--the man, the philosopher, and the legend.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
From the Publisher
John Little, longtime friend of Mike Mentzer, is the author of more than twenty-five books on bodybuilding, martial arts, history, and philosophy. His books have sold in excess of 600,000 copies and are now published in several languages.
Joanne Sharkey was Mike's closest friend and business manager. As the CEO of Mentzer-Sharkey Enterprises, Inc., she continues at the helm of the Mentzer legacy and operates Mentzer's official website at www.mikementzer.com--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B006B7LTIS
- Publisher : McGraw-Hill Education; 1st edition (January 3, 2003)
- Publication date : January 3, 2003
- Language : English
- File size : 13586 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 238 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #391,567 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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This book explains in detail the "Heavy Duty" or "HIT" type of weight training. Basically using one set to maximum and that's the key word, "Maximum" to complete muscular failure. Using the concentric, static, and eccentric forces to complete muscle exhaustion.
Is it the best training method? Could be. Are there other excellent ways to train? Absolutely. HIT might be the best for some people and not that good for others. 8 sets of 8 reps is also good. Nothing wrong with 8 sets of 2 or 5 sets of 5.
Mike was always a believer in Nautilus Machines. Not everybody has access to Nautilus. Nothing wrong with Olympic bars and plates and solid dumbbells.
High Intensity Training isn't the only way to train. Give it a shot. If it works well for you keep using it. If you're not completely sold on it, try mixing it in with your standard way of training.
Mike was a big believer in carbohydrates making up the most of his calorie intake. Most bodybuilders think protein first. Again, try that. If it works well for you keep it in. If not go back to 70% protein, 15% carbs, and 15% fat.
The book is excellent. Actually written by John Little after Mikes death in 2001. One thing to keep in mind is that a very small percentage of the bodybuilding/weightlifting world believe in the one set method and training every 7 days.
I bought the book because I believe there might be something in there that I have over looked the past 45 years. A person is never to old to learn something new. I'm almost 59 years old now. Still benching, still curling, still pressing. I still love it.
Should Mike have won the 1980 Olympia? Absolutely he should have.
Oh, and his claims of philosophical wisdom are just plain absurd...Ayn Rand does not work in the gym.
Maybe only take away is to experience high intensity training episodes with sufficient long rests....but not frequently. Occasionally.
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HOWEVER, I personally find Mentzers writing/lecturing style to be extremely verbose and needlessly long-winded. He will dedicate entire chapters to extremely simple concepts that could be explained in a few sentences.
Before buying I would recommend watching his 1998 seminar on YouTube which is delivered in the same style. If you find it interesting then buy the book, but if you don’t have the patience for it then there are much more concise summaries of this training style available.
To be clear, the information provided in this book is excellent and I have applied much of it to my training, however it is presented along with philosophical concepts and personal anecdotes which, whilst being interesting to people who are fans of mentzer, are not necessary for someone just looking to learn how to use HIT.
So many of us have fallen into the trap of believing more is better, ie train more and more, do more reps, do more sets, have less rest days etc etc and then wonder why our progress has stopped...well guess what? just like the rest of us you are overtraining and because of your own enthusiasm stopping your own progress.
Mike Mentzer lays down the golden rules for boodybuilding in this book. How often to train, how hard to train and most of important of all, more is not better and less is not better, the precise amount is what is required in order to stimulate muscle growth.
Mike was a true legend of the sport who should have won the Olympia in 1980. His training regime was not just based on his own experiences but solid scientific research based on hundreds of test subjects. Because of this scientific approach his systems are proven to work.
A must buy for any serious weightlifter/bodybuilder.
Looking back, the time when I made the most progress in physical strength was when my only weight training consisted of a one rep, max weight, clean and press which I did daily.
The particular version of HIT outlined in this book has beaten all of the above in terms of strength, overall sense of fitness and well-being, and muscle size, bearing in mind I used to take an ass ton of creatine, supplements, vitamins and other rubbish, and don't even eat as fanatically healthily as I used to, or stuff myself with protein anymore.
I can usually either double the reps or increase the weight by 50 to 100% every time I cycle through the 3 way split routine, and it just keeps going, Iv'e been doing this for about a year now and I'm still making progress. I don't have the stockpile of illegal drugs necessary to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, or the genetic gifts necessary to look like Mike Mentzer, but I can't believe how strong I'm getting and how much better I feel, bearing mind I'm no stranger to exercise.
If you have the sheer mad willpower and determination to make this kind of workout work then it seriously works.