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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (January 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071383301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071383301
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

About the Author

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

Customer Reviews

Personally, I'd rather spend only as much time in the gym as necessary to get the best results.
Andrew Baye
The emphasis is on high intensity training and I am convinced it is the best way to improve your body quickly.
Barry Parker
The book also contains some good motivational material and it is evident that Mike Mentzer was a great mentor.
James H. McDuffie

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

64 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dinsmore on August 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
In 2002 I bought Arnold's bodybuilding book and within a few months I stopped gaining strength, and started experiencing back pain. My doctor had me take an MRI, and after multiple visits to chiropractor I stopped power lifting (clean and press most likely culprit for back problems).
I then read everything I could get my hands on about how muscles worked and grew in size. Everything pointed to intensity of training as the key. I read "Maximize Your Training" edited by Matt Brzycki cover to cover (extensive references to why HIT works). I poured over research references almost every evening for 2 months (I'm a chemical researcher, so I know how to access references)
Everything kept leading back to Mike Mentzer, not necessarily as the originator of HIT, but as the person most-respected and least `connected.' Like me, he looked at the research and modified his approach as he learned. He trained others and kept careful notes as to the response of his clients.
High-Intensity Training is both a testament to Mike's personality, and a testament to the absolute scientific facts behind the training methods. I have been able to find multiple independent references to all of the principles presented in the book, and, just between you, me, and everyone else, IT WORKS!
My girlfriend stopped working out with me because, "She was starting to look muscular." Yes, `Girls Guide' it works with women too.
I understand why Mike included all the `extraneous' chapters covering philosophy and his seven principles. I get funny looks at the club when I work out, and have had several people attempt to "help me." To explain why I do what I do, I need to draw on his `Identity' and `Intensity' principles.
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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Baye on May 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
I was first introduced to the concept of high intensity training by Mike's articles in Iron Man magazine in the early 90's. For the first time ever, I began to see consistent, noticable improvements on a workout to workout basis, initially gaining over 25 pounds of muscle over a period of only a few months. I eventually became certified as a personal trainer by the SuperSlow Exercise Guild, who also advocate a high intensity training (HIT) protocol similar to Mike's, the only major difference being the use of a slower rep cadence which provides for a lower risk of injuries. Having trained hundreds of clients using HIT since 1994, I can say with absolute confidence that it is by far the safest, most productive, and most time efficient way to train. Whatever is in second place is so far behind as to not even be in the running.
HIT is not, as some reviewers have erroneously stated, conducive to injuries, so long as the exercises are performed properly - that is, using strict form and a smooth, controlled speed of movement. Lift the weights slowly and under strict control, and reverse direction smoothly, rather than simply swinging, bouncing or throwing them up and then allowing them to drop the way most people do in the gym. It isn't the amount of weight that causes injuries, but the manner in which one attempts to lift it. HIT is perfectly safe if the exercises are performed properly. Mike addresses this issue in the book.
HIT does happen to be the "be all, end all" of exercise. There can only be one best, one most efficient, one most effective means of accomplishing a particular goal, and where exercise is concerned, this is it.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
(As strictly a primer of bodybuilding science, 5 stars. As a book for the average gym-goer: 4 stars.) If I could give every bodybuilder one book, THIS would be it. There is so much confusion in the sport that Mentzer's message has been drowned out by myth, rumor, scepticism, and outright lies. His message is simple: it takes MUCH less time and complexity to reach your muscular potential than previously thought. Through Mentzer's careful logic and sound principles, not only does the reader get a workout that works, but also the principles of bodybuilding that can be used for the rest of a career. With these, one can constantly see how and why a program works and how it can be improved.
For HARDCORE bodybuilders who have hit plateaus: Don't waste another day; read this book. You will be on your way again in a few workouts. Especialy if you are NATURAL, it is likely you will improve with this program better than any other.
For WOMEN: unless you want serious muscles, don't buy this book.
For college STUDENTS (like me): get out of the crowded gym! Spend half an hour or less every 4 to 7 days and get better results. However, you may get suspicious looks from the regulars who believe you are not "devoted" enough. Look back with confidence, knowing that you have a true science and philosophy of transforming your body.
For those who DOUBT HIT's validity: try it. Time is money, so spend a little on this book and a lot less in the gym.
For those UNWILLING to give 100% effort when in the gym: Forget it. Keep up your volume method, and you will never have to face the intensty and dramatic results of this program.
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