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Mike Mentzer

Bodybuilding Legend (1951-2001)

Born in Philadelphia in 1951, Mike Mentzer was a distinguished bodybuilder, author, and trainer. He began his bodybuilding career at 18, quickly ascending the ranks with notable victories such as the Mr. America title in 1976 and a perfect-score win at the 1978 Mr. Universe.

His prowess was further acknowledged in the 1979 Mr. Olympia where he clinched the heavyweight title. Mentzer's career was marked by his critical view of the sport's judging standards, leading to his early retirement at 29 after a controversial defeat in the 1980 Mr. Olympia. Beyond competition, Mentzer was a revered trainer influencing many, including six-time Mr. Olympia Dorian Yates.

Mentzer passed away in 2001 but his contributions to the art and science of bodybuilding will live on forever.

Major Achievements

  • Popularized High Intensity Training
  • Won Mr. Universe 1978
  • Trained six-time Mr. Olympia Dorian Yates
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