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The Wisdom of Mike Mentzer: The Art, Science and Philosophy of a Bodybuilding Legend [Kindle Edition]

John Little , Joanne Sharkey
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The last word on how to build a better body--from the late, great Mike Mentzer

With his revolutionary "Heavy Duty" system, Mike Mentzer changed the way bodybuilders train, showing them that "less is more" when it comes to making great gains. In The Wisdom of Mike Mentzer, you will discover Mike's most advanced training techniques and philosophies--previously known only to his inner circle and personal clients.

Drawing upon never-before-released materials, his longtime colleague John Little reveals Mentzer's most powerful lessons and workout plans, including:

  • The importance of working to failure
  • Techniques for pushing past mental and physical plateaus
  • How overtraining impedes progress
  • A complete advanced "Heavy Duty" training system

The workout that worked "like magic" for Mr. Universe himself More than an instruction manual, this thorough compendium brings together a lifetime of insights, training truths, and personal philosophies from one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time.

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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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3131 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (11 Oct. 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,029 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By McTweed
First of all, as a stand alone book this won't make a great deal of sense unless you have read HIT The Mike Mentzer Way first, which is in my opinion the best resource on body building ever written. Having applied Mike Mentzer's approach for over a year I can only conclude that people who criticise HIT either haven't tried it, applied it properly or aren't training to failure.
I have been training for 10+ years now, the 4 years prior to adopting Mike's approach were stagnated, progress was nil. I was applying every technique advocated by the mags, except that of training frequency, which is of course the only thing the "experts" don't advise varying. Following HIT I was able to increase my leg press from 100kg for 19 to 140kg for 20 in 4 workouts, progress I had never experienced before.
It is worth mentioning that I am natural and always have been, Mike advocating living your life in a moral way, based on applying logic and reason from philosophy, can anyone tell me what is wrong with that? Learning is learning, and I have learnt a lot from Mike's writing, my only regret is I didn't discover his writing 10 years ago. But of course the body building establishment don't want the masses to know the truth as their industry would shrink by 90% over night.
RIP a great teacher.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not without its limits... 5 May 2013
By buyer 1
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This is a great read filled with some real practical advice for the weight trainer wishing to develop their body, however it is not perfect. The problem with these kind of routines as advocated by Mentzer and his mentor Jones are not based on pure science but more on a sort of wishful thinking, for instance Jones always pointed towards the animal kingdom as a barometer of his training ideas, citing the Gorilla as a prime example of the short burst activity animal which resulted in its large size which of course is nonsense, Jones forgets natural genetic adaptations of species as a motivator towards their physical characteristics. The same is true of Mentzer, or at the least those who claim his methods are infallible.
However when applied with other methods this work is truly worthy of being on any aspiring weight trainers shelf, and there is a lot to commend the less is better principle. (I personally use heavy duty principle mixed with lighter pumping work to get the muscle fully working and aim to hit each muscle group once every seven to ten days which seems to be working at this time).
Buy this book, adapt its ideas into your own workable routine but try not to believe that this is the absolute answer to your needs...
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth arrives! 29 Jan. 2006
By Formless and gormless VINE VOICE
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If you truly seek the truth about body-building and muscle growth then buy this book. In it you will find all the advice you will ever need to ensure that your training produces maximum results. Mike Mentzer proves in this work that he was a very special indivdual who desired to see us all spend our time wisely. By following the "Mentzer System" you can make massive gains without spending wasted hours in the gym.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Wisdom of Mike Mentzer: The Art, Science and 27 April 2009
I bought this book mostly based on other reviews,wich were really helpful.I found what i needed to know from this on how to progress from the normal bodybuilding that i was doing and had come to a stop,with this new insight and learning from Mike and following his proved method i am starting to make proress again,his bodybuilding programme dose work,but you still have to do the hard work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mike mentzer book review 14 April 2010
An educational book with some great philosophy but not as many training tips as id hoped for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 5 April 2009
has some great insight into HIT training. The methods do work but would suggest not doing it all the time. mix it up with other routines. The thinking and thought that has gone into this is very good and will help any body builder or anyone wishing to get bigger or stronger.
Great book, its a must buy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a tribute rather than a useful training guide 24 Feb. 2010
By J. Pape
Although quite an interesting read contains little training information, more of a tribute to a lost friend than a serious training manual.However high intensity training the Mike Mentzer way is an outstanding book which makes you question the agenda of most bodybuilding publications.High-Intensity Training the Mike Mentzer Way
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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding body building 8 Feb. 2012
This in comparison to Arnolds Encyclopaedia of body building is much shorter. However Mike Mentzer's training methods are nothing short of inspiring. Lots of in-depth knowledge is contained within the pages,
A handy book to use for reference and to take to the gym.
From an historical point of view the book is accurate and for all enthusiasts of bodybuilding now, and those reliving the golden era of the 70s and 80's this is the book for you!!

First class
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