Talk about mass, this shot of Mike Mentzer by John Balik at Muscle Rock in Malibu has motivated both of us over the years. His sheer thickness and density in this pose are almost unreal…
Yes, Mentzer had great genetics, but his volume wasn’t as low as many believe—at least not when he was building the most mass.
He actually had a unique way of using sub-failure warmup sets with higher reps to pre-fatigue the slow-twitch fibers before he launched into his one or two all-out heavier sets. That’s according to a friend of ours who trained alongside Mike and Ray Mentzer at Gold’s Gym in Venice, California during their prime bodybuilding years.
That’s interesting because his method is verified by a Brazilian study showing that doing high reps first on the initial exercise not only helps activate more fast-twitch growth fibers on the heavier set that follows, it also triggers new growth in the slow-twitch “endurance” fibers.
Most bodybuilders tend to ignore slow-twitchers (higher reps), but they have been found to have more size potential than previously believed. That’s a good way to get more residual growth. Heck, we want as much size from as many layers as possible, including slow-twitch fibers. That’s Anabolic Reload STX.
For more on how Mentzer trained, the Anabolic Reload STX mass method (with size programs), see…
> The STX Anabolic Reload ebook, available HERE
Mentzer also favored pre-exhaustion, using an isolation exercise prior to a big compound movement, to better blast the target muscle for mass. For more on that incredible method, see…
> The Pre-Ex 3X Mass Workout, available HERE
Till next time, train hard—and smart—for BIG results.
—Steve Holman and Jonathan Lawson
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