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High-intensity training the Mike Mentzer way
Mentzer, Mike.
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Chicago : Contemporary Books, [2003]

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xiii, 222 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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Includes index.
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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 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.

Author Notes

Mike Mentzer was the first person ever to earn a perfect score in the Mr. Universe competition. After retiring, Mentzer became a leading trainer and consultant and wrote the monthly column "Heavy Duty" in Ironman magazine
John Little has written several bodybuilding and martial arts books

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introduction: a New Perspectivep. 1
Part I Preliminary Considerations
1 The Role of Realistic Goalsp. 9
2 Individual Potentialp. 13
3 On the Need for Principlesp. 21
Part II Fundamentals
4 The First Principle: Identityp. 31
5 The Second Principle: Intensityp. 39
6 The Third Principle: Durationp. 45
7 The Fourth Principle: Frequencyp. 51
8 The Fifth Principle: Specificityp. 59
9 The Sixth Principle: Adaptationp. 67
10 The Seventh Principle: Progressionp. 77
Part III Derivatives
11 A Compendium of High-Intensity Training Principlesp. 85
12 Free Weights vs. Machines--Which Are Better?p. 103
Part IV Putting Theory Into Practice
13 The Ideal (Principled) Workoutp. 115
14 Substituting Exercisesp. 139
15 Advanced (Consolidated) Trainingp. 157
Part V Concerns for the Competitive Bodybuilder
16 The Art of Peaking: Enhancing Muscular Definitionp. 167
17 Your Mirror and How to Use Itp. 173
18 The Art of Posingp. 177
Part VI Motivation and Psychology
19 Developing a Siege Mentality in the Gymp. 187
20 The Psychology of a Competitive Bodybuilderp. 193
21 Becoming an Olympianp. 199
22 The Best Is Within Youp. 209
Appendix The Competitive Bodybuilding Record of Mike Mentzerp. 215
Indexp. 217