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      FITNESS TIPS FOR 9/15/2004                  
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The Life and Death of Mike Mentzer

Mike Mentzer's friend and colleague, Val Segal comments on the 
last days of Mike Mentzer and what is next for Mike's legacy.

Q. With Mike and Ray Mentzer's tragic deaths, our readers would 
like to know about last days of the legendary brothers. Let's start 
by acquainting them with you. 

A. My name is Val and I am Mike's close friend, pupil and protégé. 
I met Mike seven years ago in Gold's Gym in Venice, when I was 
one of his numerous in-gym clients. After exercising 5 times per 
week with a little or no progress, I decided to modify my training 
and hired Mike to train me. After 3 months of Mike's supervision, 
I gained 40 pounds of pure muscle and increased my strength 
with Mike's encouragement, cognized philosophy and 
high-intensity training theory. We developed a great friendship 
and he appointed me to consult people over the phone on the 
subject of High-Intensity Training. 

A couple of years ago, with Mike's patronage, I started my own 
personal training business; being occupied with his magazine 
writings and other businesses, he finished training people and 
asked me to supervise all of his in-gym clients. 

Q. A lot of rumors circulate in connection with the deaths of both 
brothers. Was it caused by health problems or suicide? 

A. I can't believe some people are making unverified statements 
about suicide. I spent the last hours with Mike and Ray, and I 
can assure that they both died of natural causes. There was a 
history of heart disease in the Mentzer family. 

Q. Tell us about "Mike Mentzer's HIT Exercise DVD"? 

A. On the day we finished filming "Mike Mentzer's HIT Exercise 
DVD". Tragically, a few hours later Mike passed away in his
sleep. We now have bonus footage called "Behind the Scenes 
of Mike Mentzer's HIT Exercise Video". 

In this exclusive footage you will spend the last moments with 
Ray and Mike behind the scenes of the original video. 
Witness incredible interviews, funny moments, and hear 
Mike gossip about such celebrities as Frank Zane, Dorian 
Yates and Joe Weider. 

No retakes, no music, no editing; just the row footage of the 
man you've learned to respect as the lone voice of reason, 
truth and integrity within the sport. 

It was the final chapter of Mike's lifework on the subject of 
High-Intensity Training. 

Q. What was it like to work with Mike and Ray on this project? 

A. Ironically, we almost changed the day of the shoot for the 
following Saturday, since World Gym backed out on us in the 
last moment. On Wednesday, June 6th Mike called me and 
asked me to call World Gym. I called Joe Gold's office and 
they have told me that we couldn't use their facility for the 
film. Mike suggested waiting a few days until we'll find 
another gym. However, I insisted finishing on Saturday; he 
gave up and told me, if I will find the gym, he'll be more 
than happy to star in it. 

I contacted Angel City Fitness and International Star 
Productions, and scheduled filming for Saturday. The entire 
production took more than 5 hours. Everyone worked 
extremely hard on this project, however all of us had a terrific 
time and everything went just as planned. After the shoot, I 
treated Mike and Ray for dinner in their favorite restaurant in 
Los Angeles. We were very excited about the video and 
Mike stated, "It will be the best training video of all time!" After
dinner, they gave me friendly hugs and thanked me for one 
of the most enjoyable days in their lives. 

Q. This is an incredible story and great news for Mike Mentzer's 
fans and entire bodybuilding world. Was anyone else starring
in the video? 

A. Markus Reinhardt, an inspiring young bodybuilder, who 
possesses thick, heavy, densely developed muscles 
reminiscent of Casey Viator. We caught Markus just couple 
of weeks away from one of the most prestigious 
bodybuilding competitions held in Miami, Florida. 

Q. Everyone knows about controversial placing at 1980 Mr. Olympia. 
Did Mike and Arnold ever make peace? 

A. Arnold's assistant emailed Mike with a message from Arnold. 
Arnold was concerned about Ray's health conditions and tried 
to offer help. For those of you who don't know, Ray had a 
severe kidney problem. Arnold even wanted to come over to 
Ray's apartment and offer help personally. At some point
Mike spoke to Arnold over the phone and was very touched 
by Arnold's kindness and concerns. Despite differences of 
opinions in the past, Mike always stated that Arnold was the 
greatest bodybuilder of all time and his contributions to the s
port are enormous. During the shoot Mike has told me that he
would like to have a reunion with Arnold on this videotape. 

Q. We would like to thank you for this interview and for keeping 
Mike's legacy on the subject of High-Intensity Training alive. 

Mike Mentzer's HIT Exercise DVD

We are proud to present a New Original HIT Exercise DVD by 
legendary Mike Mentzer, master of the art of bodybuilding, best 
selling author and Mr. Universe Bodybuilding Champion. This
is the video made hours before Mike's untimely death. 

Mike Menzer Workout DVD - Build the physique 
you’ve always wanted with Heavy Duty Training! 
 
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