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High-Intensity Training the Mike Mentzer Way

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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 bodyb
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 3rd 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies (first published December 13th 2002)
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Oliver Bateman
Jun 28, 2015 Oliver Bateman rated it it was amazing
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mike mentzer, mike mentzer: ayn rand meets arnold schwarzenegger. this is a strange book, with all kinds of glossy pin-ups of mentzer as well as his weird ron swanson-y individualistic rants, but the training method he created (lift heavy weight to failure, pre-exhaust isolated muscles, don't rack up huge training volume #s, follow a balanced diet) is fantastic. i used rippetoe's books to fix the form on all my major lift, wendler's 5-3-1 to push my numbers into the 405 bench/455 squat/625 deadl ...more
Aug 01, 2016 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book needs a revision to fulfill its potential. Mike Mentzer is no longer with us, so I implore the publisher to hire either Mike's most successful student, Dorian Yates, or the bodybuilding journalist Peter McGough to edit a new edition. Updates to three areas in particular would turn this into a 5-star training manual. The first area is training frequency. Mentzer recommended lifting as little as once per week using his methods; we've since learned that you can effectively use High-Intens ...more
Andy Nieradko
Oct 14, 2011 Andy Nieradko rated it it was amazing
Mike Mentzer was one of the all-time greats in bodybuilding. He was also a great writer, and a deep thinker. His ideas on training were a bit rigid to say the least. He was a "my way or the highway" kind of guy, but they are a must read if you're at all serious about training with weights. This book was Mike's masterpiece. It's been more than ten years since Mike Mentzer passed away, and his ideas still spark heated debate among bodybuilders.
M Hewitt
Jun 13, 2014 M Hewitt rated it it was amazing
I do not agree with other reviews that Mike Mentzer was dogmatic in his approach to bodybuilding. His advice changed little from the 1970's to the 90's and only because his was a work in progress. He trained literally thousands of clients during these years and amassed himself countless experiences and results during this time. This book is the culmination of these experiences. If dogma exists, it is purely in the mind of the beholder as time and time again, Mentzer gives explanation and reason ...more
C. P.
Jul 16, 2015 C. P. rated it liked it
"Many come into the gym in the evening, for instance, feeling defeated, perhaps having been royally chewed out by their bosses just an hour earlier. Their workouts will most likely end up wishy-washy affairs, lacking the ferocious intensity required for optimal progress. What is required if a bodybuilder hopes to realize the most from his workouts and become a champion? The answer: an attitude befitting a hero, one full of fury—an attitude I call siege mentality."

If you are passionate about lift
Edgar Mora-Reyes
Jan 05, 2013 Edgar Mora-Reyes rated it liked it
Buen libro, que busca profundizar no solo en la actividad física, sino también en la motivación para realizar la actividad deportiva del fisicoconstructivismo. Quedan ciertas lagunas de cuestiones importantes en la teoría del entrenamiento, que por profundizar en la teoría o "filosofía", quedan sin resolver.
El mayor problema del HIT es sobrevalorar el intelecto humano y generalizar, tal vez sin querer, la biomecánica y desarrollo físico. Sin embargo maneja de una gran manera el tema del desarrol
Andrew Culyer
Apr 24, 2016 Andrew Culyer rated it it was amazing
I seem to be reading some very counterintuitive stuff at the moment...suits me, that's the way forward.
I enjoyed this book very much, and it is one to keep and reread now and again.
Mentzer's tips on weight training make a lot of sense, it's difficult to argue with what he says when you can see the results throughout the book, and I've started training using his method - too early to say whether it works or not, though am already stepping up the amounts of weight I can lift.
Totally recommended if
Mar 29, 2013 Gareth rated it it was amazing
This book literally changed my life! It helped me progress from 12st to 15st in less than 3 months (steroid free) and aim to compete as an All Natural Bodybuilder. This is a book that sends most bodybuilders into fits of laughter because they don't grasp the science behind the theory but once the proof is seen in the results, there is no denying that this is solid science based and fully researched theory and it works! it also proves that Mike Mentzer as with many bodybuilders, was not just a du ...more
Lewis Manalo
Mar 03, 2014 Lewis Manalo rated it it was amazing
With quotes from everyone from Ayn Rand to Walt Whitman and William James, this is intelligent bodybuilding for intelligent people.
Dec 08, 2010 Jack rated it really liked it
The amazing Mike Mentzer (with John Little) shares his profound knowledge of physiology and body building. HIT has long been known to be the way to build muscle mass.The book is written in a format to present not only the exercise routines of Mike he also shares his Philosophical point of view in terms of exercise and what it means to excel and push your body to its personal maximum. A profound book on building muscle and one that will not be appreciated for its gravity for many years. He was we ...more
Mike Hood
Jun 03, 2014 Mike Hood rated it really liked it
If you lift weights.. Read and learn from the master!
Liam Conor
May 08, 2016 Liam Conor rated it it was amazing
It's an excellent book for the type of training.
Christo van Wyk
Jun 05, 2016 Christo van Wyk rated it it was amazing
This book is so unlike its modern counterparts that promises all kinds of quick fixes regarding bodybuilding/Fitness training.Even todays bodybuilders will share the same philosophies with regard to progressively reducing workout time and training with higher intensity.
As someone already mentioned,Mike Mentzer truly was ahead of his time.If you're into bodybuilding or fitness training give Mentzer a fair hearing.And if you are really serious about building muscle-this book will very soon reserve
Troy Hassinger
Sep 13, 2016 Troy Hassinger rated it it was amazing
Very nice read, RIP to Mentzer.
Aziz Jama
Jul 31, 2014 Aziz Jama is currently reading it
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Nice book
Guilherme Nunes
Mar 25, 2011 Guilherme Nunes rated it it was amazing
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My favorite lifting book ever. Even if lots of what Mike firmly claimed to be truth is already disprooved by science, and he constanly criticized people for their lack of logic mike had himself lots of logical falacies which he often could hide behind charisma.

Nonetheless way ahead of his time. Someone who could figure out how not to live in a gym while 95% of his competing peers were doing so deserves to be called a legend.
Mark Love
Oct 07, 2012 Mark Love rated it really liked it

If you've read Mentzer's Heavy Duty books, you've read a good deal of this one. And, some of the ideas on training have been surpassed (and others validated further). The section on competitive bodybuilding, finding the best in yourself, and motivation, are excellent, however. And if you haven't read Mentzer before, start with this, and do it immediately. Recommended.
Apr 29, 2013 Timmy rated it it was amazing
Brilliant read, very informative on not only the physiological concepts of intense training, but also the philosophy behind training and training in the bigger picture of progression. Well laid out and clearly written by an obviously experienced and intelligent master of the art.
Mikko Ville
Dec 31, 2012 Mikko Ville rated it liked it
Clear and persuasive with some excellent workout tips, but suffers from the lack of scientific research and evidence. Apparently works for some people, but not for everyone.
Nate Hewitt
Apr 12, 2014 Nate Hewitt rated it really liked it
One of my favourite body building books. The information is greatly useful, and Mike was a great guy. A philosopher of bodybuilding to be exact.
Hilton King
Dec 27, 2013 Hilton King rated it really liked it
I'm a HIT fan. After reading this book I'm a Mike Mentzer fan. Learned one new exercise from this book but I enjoyed reading it.
Aug 08, 2011 Jamessteeleii rated it it was amazing
A logically consistent philosophical treatise on High Intensity Training.
Jul 02, 2016 Fred rated it it was amazing
Anything by or about Mentzer is worth reading.
Maurício Linhares
Apr 19, 2016 Maurício Linhares rated it it was ok
Lots of fluff, very little actual content.
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