Mike Mentzer was born on November 15, 1951 and is one of the only bodybuilders to ever get a perfect score of 300 during a competition. He started training very early in his life and entered his first competition in 1969 which was not very successful.
Mike considers the meeting up with Arthur Jones as a life-changing event which changed his training and his eating program completely. Mike is built from tough stuff and developed a training routine that was punishing to his body that gave him great results.
He returned to competitive bodybuilding three years later and came in third at the Mr.America in 1975. The perfect score mentioned above was at the 1978 Mr. Universe that was held in Acapulco, Mexico where he won and was a vindication for Mike and his hard training that he had done.
It was only a matter of time that Mike would become a professional bodybuilder in the fast growing sport which he did in 1978. A year after that Mike won the 1979 heavyweight class at the Mr. Olympia. His professional bodybuilding career ended after he lost the 1980 Mr.Olympia to Arnold saying the contest was rigged.
After his unexpected retirement at the age of only 29 he went deep into taking the training that Arthur Jones had taught him a step farther. Mike called himself an objectivist because he strongly believed in the philosophy required to be successful at bodybuilding summing it by saying "Man, is an indivisible entity, an integrated unit of mind and body."
It was the careful study and observation as well as the knowledge of stress physiology, together with the most recent scientific information available that Mike came up with his theory of bodybuilding. His objective when he released his first book was to help bodybuilders achieve their maximum genetic potential to develop drug free muscles in the shortest possible time.
Mike Mentzer has made an enormous contribution to the sport of bodybuilding during his short life. Not only for his contribution of his book "High-Intensity Training and the Mike Mentzer Way" which was his final work. But also his book on how to eat as a bodybuilder called "Heavy Duty Nutrition" which left the bodybuilding world with a lot to think about.
Mike continued to train people and was the first person to introduce Dorian Yates to heavy duty training. Yates went on to win Mr.Plympia six times in a row. Mentzer died on June 10, 2001 at his house in Rolling Hills, California from heart complications.
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