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How Did Mike Mentzer Workout
There are many legendary names in the world of bodybuilding and the late Mike Mentzer is one of the all-time most well regarded names as he rose to the pinnacle of bodybuilding success. Obviously, the fact that he had won scores upon scores of major bodybuilding titles definitely contributed to his legend. The other reason why he is so well remembered is due to his incredibly unique and original workout routine. Mike Mentzer did not utilize many of the traditional workout concepts. Rather, he explored a theory known as "Heavy Duty Training". This is a rather non-descript term but it refers to something rather complex.
By the late 1970ís, most professional bodybuilders had designed a routine of training that most followed. Of course, there were variations among the different competitors but most stuck with a general paradigm of how to work out. Mike Mentzer came along and totally changed that paradigm.
Basically, most bodybuilders were obsessed with the notion that they could only experience gains via working out five or more days a week and their training sessions needed to be two hours a day or more. Mentzer took the opposite approach. He suggested that it was best to train 30 minutes a day for three to four days a week. Also while most bodybuilders were doing 20 sets for each body part 3 times a week, Mike was doing only 3 to 5 sets per body part 2 times per week.
Most thought that Mentzer was way off base with his training system and it was assumed his system would never, ever work.
Here are the stats on Mike Mentzer:
He was 5' 8" tall and weighed 225 of ripped muscle, he won the 1976 Mr. America, the 1978 Mr. Universe and in 1979 he placed second in the Mr. Olympia losing to the grand legend Frank Zane. So, to stay that Mike Mentzer did not know what he was talking about would be highly inaccurate to say the least.
Mike Mentzer's Heavy Duty Training also set the stage for non-competitive bodybuilders enhance their physiques to the highest level possible. The short training durations that Mentzer made famous are far more accessible to the average person than the long-winded workouts so many pros take part in.
Mike Mentzer'ís Heavy Duty Training truly was groundbreaking. That can be its greatest complement as well as the secret to its longevity.