The legendary bodybuilder Mike Mentzer has been a subject of controversy due to his refusal to accept the common dogma in bodybuilding. He popularized the so-called Heavy Duty training and was not afraid to defend his positions even though many thought that he was literally crazy.
Mike Mentzer believed that natural bodybuilders should introduce long rest periods between training sessions to ensure proper muscle and joint recovery. According to him, pro bodybuilders get away with frequent high-volume training thanks to the steroids in their systems.
For that reason, Mike’s methods became appealing to many natural bodybuilders who falsely assumed that they can build a physique similar to Mike’s without the use of anabolic drugs. Obviously, this isn’t possible even for extremely gifted individuals.
Like all bodybuilders who competed during the Golden Era, Mike Mentzer relied on anabolic substances to get ready for competitions and guest appearances. During Mentzer’s prime, steroids were actually semi-legal and regularly prescribed by doctors. It was not uncommon for medical professionals to write a prescription for steroids to young adults who just want to get bigger for football. Another popular reason to prescribe steroids was anemia (low red blood cells). But even if someone was without a prescription, most of the gyms had dealers supplying the whole facility with steroids like Dianabol.
According to another legendary bodybuilder, Casey Viator, who was close with Mike Mentzer and his brother Ray Mentzer, Mike used to take about 2.5 grams of Deca a week, along with other drugs such as Primobolin and Dianabol.
Here’s an excerpt written by Nelson Montana, author of The Bodybuilding Truth:
“I have fairly recently trained down in Florida with top pro of the 70’s and early 80’s CASEY VIATOR. I asked him directly about steroid use in the 70’s and this is what he had to say…. and I quote…
‘Don’t let anyone fool you about our low doses. We were just as reckless with steroid use as they are today.’
I asked him when the big doses started….
‘The big doses started around 1974 and yes we were all right on top of it. Yes we ALL used GH back then and it was from real cadavers. The GH we all used was called CRESCORMIN and nobody was going to morgues to get it’.
I wanted an example and I told him about what I heard my mentor, and his friend and former training partner, Mike Mentzer used……only 400 of deca/week and 30 of d-bol/day.
CASEY LAUGHED and then said this….Mentzer used up to 2.5 grams of deca a week, God knows how much primobolin acetate, along with d-bol and growth, so as I said don’t be fooled about our low doses as we were just as reckless as theses guys are today.”
You have to understand that building a physique that rivals the best in the world requires the use of anabolic steroids and growth hormone. The body cannot reach similar development naturally. The natty limits are lower.
If all drug usage is discontinued, the muscle industry will collapse because people will suddenly realize that their idols don’t look nearly as impressive naturally. Therefore, the incentive to buy supplements and training programs will drop. This will lead to the bankruptcy of many companies.
Whether you like it or not, the truth is always the truth. Mike Mentzer was not natural. His body is a result of superior genes, volume training (he trained with volume to build his physique) and large cocktails of anabolic steroids.