This studio shot of Ray Mentzer is a classic (we’re not sure of the photographer), taken when he won the 1979 Mr. America.
Ray’s aesthetics together with excellent mass development got him that coveted title. While Ray’s genetics were primarily responsible for his classic mass, his training had to be on point to get him there.
How did he train? His workouts were short and intense, and he knew how to get in touch with each target muscle every single workout. Steve remembers a comment he made at one of his seminars: that he could make a 30-pound dumbbell feel like a 60-pounder.
Emphasizing control and feeling the muscle contracting and elongating all the way through the stroke did amazing things for his mass gains.
Which is also the reason he was a big proponent of static holds at the end of a set. He would often use holds, or static contractions, on the last rep of a set at three points along the range—contracted, midrange, and near the stretch.
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Ray and his brother Mike were also proponents of Pre-exhaustion training in order to train all the muscle-fiber types. For more on that, see our ebook…
Till next time, train hard—and smart—for BIG results.
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