New 2018 Tributes and Testimonials In Loving Memory of

Mike Mentzer
(November 15, 1951 - June 10, 2001)
        Ray Mentzer  (August 2, 1953 - June 12, 2001)

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and may not be copied or reused in any way without permission from Joanne Sharkey. © Mentzer-Sharkey Enterprises, Inc.

UPDATED 8/29/18

If you haven't seen it yet, please enjoy this Flash Tribute to Mike Mentzer that we made several years ago.


Thank you for joining in loving memory to celebrate the lives of both Mike and Ray Mentzer with these new 2018 Celebration of Life testimonials!

After the many statements I have made for past celebrations and communications with you, there isn't much more that I can say about the greatness of Mike and Ray Mentzer and their lifetimes’ accomplishments. They remain Legends worldwide on their own names and merits, and I've done my best to keep the light burning for all who seek their knowledge.

For decades Mike was referred to as Mr. Heavy Duty (a title he earned for sure), and I want to confirm that referenced title has not been passed on to anyone else. The only other person who deserved to be called Mr. Heavy Duty was RAY MENTZER who worked along with Mike for decades to fine tune and research the training program.

It is truly amazing that all these years have passed, yet so many of you have sent me such heartwarming emails expressing your memories and sharing your feelings with me. This is more helpful than you know! There is no doubt in my mind that Mike and Ray would be so very proud to see that they are remembered by all of you and to know they have impacted your lives so greatly.

Although I haven’t been able to get through all of the testimonials to post, in the event you sent me one and it is not posted, would you kindly send me a “nudging email” or resend it to me?

However, if you take the time and go through the various links on the Home Page, there are countless awesome testimonials and tributes from the past years. Especially if you are somewhat new to Heavy Duty™ training. You will find them inspiring.

In the TIPS section, the very TIPS Mike wrote for Mikementzer.com are rotated every few months. Take time to read them, because they could possibly be helpful to you.

Mike and Ray Mentzer
Mike and Ray Mentzer
Mike and Ray Mentzer

The volume of trainers and gym owners, including supporters who are strong advocates of Mike’s HEAVY DUTY™ high intensity training continues to grow even more throughout the world. I have no doubt that when I retire that the Mentzer Heavy Duty Legacy will be carried forth by all of you who have taken the time to truly learn all that there is to learn about Heavy Duty teachings and philosophy.

"The purpose of my writing and communications with others,
in addition to providing rational training guidance, is to help
achieve an ideal society via a cultural revolution that will bring
men back to reason and logic, the only means of solving
the problems threatening our very survival."
---- Mike Mentzer

My deepest appreciation is extended to all of you!

Joanne Sharkey, CEO/President
Mentzer-Sharkey Enterprises, Inc.


By Sal M.
California, USA

Mike Mentzer Posing
Mike Mentzer
I want to start this tribute to Mike Mentzer by first taking a moment to express a deep amount of gratitude to Joanne Sharkey. I feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to speak with her through emails, and it is clear to me (and for that matter I am sure to everyone) that she has put her heart (and soul) into keeping Mike’s legacy alive for all of us and preserved it in such a special way that I know Mike would be deeply proud to see the work she is doing!

Not long ago, I felt a calling in my heart to get back to bodybuilding, which was one of my favorite hobbies as a teenager. Much of that has to do with the years having gone by (I am now 42 years old) and letting myself get terribly out of shape. As I started to get back into shape again and enjoying weightlifting as I once did, I also deeply enjoyed reading about the bodybuilders of my youth and looking into where they are at these days. In the midst of this research, I came upon a picture of Mike Mentzer and I was completely blown away! I must also admit now (with great embarrassment) that I had never heard of Mike Mentzer until that day. And with that said, I would like to make two points about him that mean a great deal to me.

The first is that Mike Mentzer truly was a man ahead of his time, and it was clear to me that he was persecuted for his beliefs in what it takes to be a great bodybuilder. As I became engrossed in reading about him and his life story, I finally came to realize why I had never heard of him. The bodybuilding world (as I knew it in my youth) never seemed to be ready for Mike Mentzer. We live in a culture where people lead you to believe that if you don’t take the right supplements or you’re not spending hours in the gym, you’ll never be a great bodybuilder, yet Mike was so counter cultural to that. There is an old saying, “Work smarter not harder”, and I feel like that really embodies Mike’s weightlifting ethic. I have truly come to admire Mike Mentzer for walking away from the world of professional bodybuilding competitions for what was a higher calling to him and am grateful for the mark he has made on my life. He was a man who both talked the talk and walked the walk with the proof being his own perfect physique and the number of successful clients he coached.

Secondly, I want to make a point about pictures of Mike in his prime. As mentioned, the moment I saw a picture of him I was completely blown away! In my opinion, there is no match to the perfection of his physique. Over the course of my readings, I once came across a blog in which a gentleman marveled at pictures of two specific body builders he admired saying they were the only bodybuilders out there that the normal layman would actually want to look like. To me that is Mike Mentzer. I think anyone aspiring to be either a professional or recreational bodybuilder should post a picture on the wall of him and hold him as the pinnacle of what a bodybuilder should aspire to look like. There is no match to what he was able to accomplish with his physique, and we should all be so lucky to even approach his muscular development.

On a final note, I want to share that in Mike’s book High-Intensity Training – The Mike Mentzer Way, he makes a point to say that if his program is followed correctly you should be seeing results right away. That has truly been the case for me. In my first two workouts of following his principles, I added 20 lbs to my dead lift and 10 lbs to my bench press. And for those who are wondering, those are not “newbie” gains. I came into this as an intermediate level bodybuilder, and I still was able to make an immediate increase in strength!

Thank you Mike, and thank you Joanne!

Sal M.
California, USA

MY 40 YEARS USING HEAVY DUTY™ -- Posted 6/14/18
By Kevin McNamara, Owner, Kevin’s Gym

My testimonial to Ray and Mike Mentzer on their 17th anniversary June 10th and 12th. I want to share my memories of meeting Mike and Ray as a way to commemorate them both.

I met Mike in 1977 for the first time, and again in 1978 while he was preparing for the World Championships that year. I was lucky enough to have stood by him for a few exercises. My own training up until then was a high intensity workout, following Arthur Jones system. Following all Mike’s writings on HEAVY DUTY™ at the time, I came back to South Africa full of fire and got ready for the next year’s Mr South Africa. Well for the first time, I won it as a heavy weight. This showed an increase of 4 to 5 kilos in quite a short time.

Mike and Ray Mentzer Training
Mike Mentzer Posing
The next year Dennis Tinnerino came to South Africa, and we had a few workouts together. Dennis was so impressed with me and my strength gains that he told Arnold about me. Arnold asked me to enter the Pro Universe that year in Columbus, Ohio which I did. This is when I met Ray Mentzer for the first time. I must tell an amusing incident that happened at the contest. I was sitting in the change room with a fellow South African, Ray was sitting opposite us and he was as big as a house! My friend was renowned for 8 hour daily workouts, droopy shoulders, heavy pecs and arms and nothing much more on his physique. My friend’s comment was "Ray your shoulders are huge how many sets do you do?" Ray says "3 sets and you?" The answer "60 sets"!!! Ray must have jumped an inch or two off his chair saying, "I can see that you do 60 sets, you have no shoulders".

In 1984, we were again in America for the World Championships at Las Vegas. World politics as it was, those of us from South Africa were shut out and could not enter. Reg Park, who was our manager, thought I could have won that contest. Reg, I must add, has been a friend to me for many years and lived not too far away. Please bear in mind that during all this time, I was following Mike’s HEAVY DUTY™ as it was in those years.

In 1986 I went to Tucson Arizona for the Universe and made 4th place and the following year made a 6th place at the NABBA Mr World. My best achievement was in 1990 at age 43, I won South Africa’s Best Developed Man weighing a very hard 98 kilos at 5 ft 6inches. At that time, it was 3 times a week and split day 1 chest and back. Day 2 legs, Day 3 shoulders and arms. I retired from bodybuilding the next year, looking better but only placing 3rd.

Here in South Africa, we were so excited with Dorian Yates winning the Olympia. Not only was Dorian using Mike’s HEAVY DUTY™ at this time, but he and a young pupil of mine trained with Mike at the same time. My pupil went on to win the NABBA Universe in 1994.

I started entering powerlifting after this, using Mike’s Consolidation system in 2005 at age 57, I made a 4th in the Masters World Championships. Till today I have trained Mike’s HEAVY DUTY™, although now over 70 and not much is happening, but I am very healthy and hardly ever have a cold, but “Dr.” Mike Mentzer has been my medic for the last 40 years, and I do not think I will be changing in near future.

Another trainer I know here and I strictly use Mike Mentzer’s HD training methods on ALL our students and they are now also Mike Mentzer students – we use no other training method except for HEAVY DUTY™.

Kevin McNamara, Owner Kevin’s Gym

(ED: Kevin and I have communicated for many years, and I have enjoyed hearing about the successes of his clients, some of whom are also competitive bodybuilders. I can attest to the fact that he is well versed on the HEAVY DUTY™ training system.) To read more about Kevin, click here for his previously posted testimonial.

Rob Pomroy
Sandhurst, Berkshire, U.K

Mike and Ray Mentzer Training
Mike and Ray Mentzer Training
I had toyed with various programs for over 20 years until I rediscovered Mike’s HEAVY DUTY™ books. When I initially read about him and his training methods, it was the early 80’s, and I was a deeply rooted Arnold fan at that time, so Mike’s words fell on deaf ears.

As volume training was all I had ever known and used, it was easy to dismiss HEAVY DUTY™. What made the dismissal easier of all that I read by Mike or about him (even though Heavy Duty™ actually made more sense) was that Mike was no longer competing, and well, everyone did volume training...didn't they...!!!!

Fast forward to 2008, and a chance conversation with a friend who I hadn’t seen for years, which opened my ears again. My friend looked totally different, 20 lbs. heavier, muscular and looking great. And as I soon found out of course he was doing HEAVY DUTY™ training, I was convinced to have a go with it. Simply put, HEAVY DUTY™ works like nothing else, it’s not easy, but the best part for me is the time out of the gym.....no more slogging time wasting workouts for little gain. I actually look forward to every workout and see improvements on weight or strength every time.

To give you an example, as I hadn't lifted by that time for about three years, I started from scratch - leg extensions went from 44 lbs @ 20 reps to 198 lbs @ 30 reps...!!!!!!! You may be thinking “Man, that’s too many reps and not how Mike would do it”, well it is only because I could not fit any more on the stack, and I could do more than the prescribed 20 rep max. In the same time period, my dead lift went up in the same fashion – 100 lbs @ 6 reps to 297 lbs @ 8 reps. All high intensity of course, in a little over eight months. I know you probably heard similar such examples over the years, but it proves that HEAVY DUTY™ works.

What are you waiting for - get started!!!!!!!

Rob Pomroy – U.K.

To read more past Tributes on Mike and Ray, click here.

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