Mike Mentzer was an American IFBB professional bodybuilder. He was also a businessman and author. In his memoir “Body Beast,” Mentzer shares the secrets of body building success. In addition to his bodybuilding achievements, Mentzer has inspired many people. His story is an inspiring one, especially for those who are just starting their bodybuilding career. This is a brief biography of Mentzer.
After becoming a bodybuilding legend, Mentzer worked out with Arthur Jones. Mentzer was the first competitor to achieve a perfect score at the Mr. Universe contest in 1978. He then Secrets of Bodybuilding lost the Mr. Olympia competition in 1980, after questionable judging. Nevertheless, Mentzer was widely recognized as a bodybuilding icon and is still remembered today for his unconventional workouts and training philosophy. Here’s a look at some of Mentzer’s most memorable moments in the industry.
At the age of 49, Mike Mentzer suffered the loss of his father and a decade-long relationship with his partner Cathy Gelfo. During this time, he continued to abuse amphetamines. He died of a heart attack in 2001. His father, Ray, passed away 48 hours later. He is survived by his three children, two of whom were born after his death. This makes his legacy all the more impressive.
Despite his age and inexperience, Mentzer’s success at the Mr. America contest was unmatched. His rock-hard physique gave the impression of limitless power and strength. In fact, the cover of Muscle Builder/Power in 1979 portrayed him as the reincarnation of Hercules. As a result, he won the title four years later than his age-related competition. He also was one of the most prolific bodybuilding writers in history.
Mentzer began training with weights at the age of three. He aimed to gain muscle as fast as possible, but not to go overboard. He also didn’t restrict carbs, and instead, advocated eating 4 servings of fruit a day and 2 servings of dairy and protein. This was in contrast to the traditional high-protein diets that many bodybuilders today follow. Nonetheless, Mentzer did believe that it was important to consume sufficient calories.
Aside from being a successful bodybuilder, Mike Mentzer was also a straight-A student in school. He studied physical chemistry, genetics, and organic chemistry at the University of Maryland. At age fifteen, he benched 370 pounds. The next year, he competed in the Mr. America competition and won it in 1976. Despite all of his success, Mentzer did not win the overall title.
The book is a concise, clear book on bodybuilding, which will inspire anyone to achieve their goals. The author is a remarkable bodybuilder and has written many books on fitness and diet. His ‘Mr. Universe’ score was a high point of his amateur career. He later went on to win the heavyweight division of the Mr. Olympia, though he was beaten in the overall competition by Frank Zane. Despite his early success, Mentzer’s book was instrumental in pushing a new generation of bodybuilders to attempt high-intensity training. His book inspired Dorian Yates to change his approach to training.