Mike Mentzer Workout

High Intensity Training - Mike Mentzer Style Workout - One Set to Failure

This month’s workout was inspired by the high intensity training principles preached by Mike Mentzer and Arthur Jones. The workout uses a combination of forced reps, eccentric reps, and slow tempo reps to achieve complete muscular failure. This high intensity workout is designed to be completed once a week as a way to familiarize you with more advanced training methods.

Because of the level of fatigue generated by high intensity training methods, be sure to rest for up to two minutes between exercises to ensure you are properly prepared for each set. This workout is designed to be done with a partner, especially when performing forced and eccentric reps.

Main Workout:

Instructions: Complete one set of each exercise to muscular failure. Note: Modify each exercise as needed to fit your ability and equipment. If you do not have a partner, you can use super slow reps and isometric holds in combination to reach muscular failure. Refer to our videos on super-slow training and isometrics to see how those are performed. As always, drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workout. Always consult your physician before starting a new workout routine.

Watch the video below for a tutorial of each exercise.

  1. Leg Press

  2. Pull Ups

  3. High Rows

  4. Incline Press

  5. Seated Lateral Raise

  6. Dips

  7. Tricep Extension

  8. Barbell Bicep Curl

  9. Hammer Curl

  10. Hyper-Extension

  11. Leg Raise

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