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Bodybuilding Legends Show

Jun 30, 2021

Bodybuilding legend Mike Mentzer passed away 20 years ago on June 10th, 2001 at the age of 49. In Part Two of his interview with the Bodybuilding Legends Podcast, author John Little continues his discussion about the life and legacy of this bodybuilding legend. John talks about the pro bodybuilding career of Mentzer, including his two Mr. Olympia appearances in 1979 and 1980. John also talks about Mike's addiction to speed, how he lost everything at one point in his life and his resurrection from his addiction. At the end of the podcast, host John Hansen reads "The Thinking Man's Bodybuilder", an article about Mike Mentzer written by Jack Neary for the October, 1979 issue of Muscle Builder Magazine.

Time Stamps:

0:00 - Beginning of Podcast

3:45 - Audio book version of the Bodybuilding Heroes and Legends, Vol One book is now available (link below).

4:20 - The Orlando Europa July 2-3, 2021

8:17 - Bodybuilding Legends birthdays from last week

9:41 - Emails from last week's episode

20:43 - Start of John Little interview, part two

22:22 - The phases of high intensity training

25:53 - Comparing Arnold's 1975 training for the Mr. Olympia to the Colorado Experiment with Casey Viator

33:44 - Steroids and high volume training

34:49 - Mike Mentzer's honesty

36:43 - Mike's first pro show

38:10 - The Pittsburgh Pro

38:59 - 1979 Night of the Champions

47:54 - Frank Zane's reaction to beating Mike Mentzer at the 1979 Mr. Olympia

51:35 - Mike's intense contest prep for the 1980 Mr. Olympia

53:15 - The 1980 Mr. Olympia

54:55 - The infamous backstage meeting at the 1980 Mr. Olympia

1:00:15 - Why CBS television didn't broadcast the 1980 Mr. Olympia contest

1:03:32 - How Mike became addicted to amphetamines

1:08:00 - The way Mike was able to will himself to get better

1:19:23 - What was the cause of Mike's death?

1:36:00 - John Hansen reads the article "The Thinking Man's Bodybuilder" written by Jack Neary for the October, 1979 issue of Muscle Builder magazine.

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