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High-Intensity Training the Mike Mentzer Way Paperback – January 3, 2003
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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. I have lost weight every week, and gained strength every workout since reading Mike and John's book.
The book has a few shortcomings, which are easily addressed.
1- No references to scientific studies. Answer- Buy "Maximize Your Training" edited by Matt Brzycki. Go to [website] or other websites
2- Not enough explanation for exercises. Answer- Buy "The Insider's Tell-All Handbook On Weight-Training Technique" by Stuart McRobert
3- Not enough variety for a life-long pursuit. Answer- Do your own research continually as HIT is still in its infancy. This booker is a primer and autobiography, meant to inspire as much as inform.
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. The principles of productive exercise are the same for all of us, it is merely the specifics that must be adjusted for individual differences, which is accounted for in HIT theory, and in Mike's books. Even if another training method produced similar results, if it required you to spend a greater amount of time in the gym it could still not be considered equal, since the return on investment would be lower. For those who's social lives revolve around the gym or who are stuck in their ways, this may take some getting used to. Personally, I'd rather spend only as much time in the gym as necessary to get the best results. The purpose of exercise is to improve the quality of your life, and NOT to be the center of it.
Get in the gym, train hard, then get out and enjoy your life.
This is the most thorough of all of Mike's books. It covers all of the principles of his Heavy Duty high intensity training system in detail, and provides routines and explanations of the performance of various exercises. There is a section with information specifically written for the competitive bodybuilder on peaking, definition and posing. Mike also discusses his views on motivation in the gym, which I believe many will benefit from.
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.