[N.p. Mike Mentzer, 1993]. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps lettered in red.
World-class bodybuilder and Objectivist philosopher Mike Mentzer's self-published primer on bodybuilding. Mentzer, who was crowned Mr. America, Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia in the 1970s, began lifting weights when he was 12, inspired by the many physique magazines coming into circulation in the 1950s. He lost his Mr. Olympia title in 1980 to Arnold Schwarzenegger, against whom he held a longstanding grudge, though the two ultimately became reconciled. Mentzer was a devotee of the philosophical writings of Ayn Rand, which infuse his methodology and instruction here – his first book – and in the columns he wrote for fitness magazines, as well as his several entrepreneurial efforts to promote fitness as a lifestyle. Notably, Mentzer was among the first to propose a workout regimen of high intensity interval training. Chapters include "Bodybuilders Are Confused!," "The Science of Bodybuilding," "Individual Potential," and "On Motivation." Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photos that will pump you up. Light rubbing to head of spine, joints and edges. Near fine. Item #1287