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Started By paul (McLenna, alberta, canada)

Started on: 9/29/2008 6:49:25 AM, viewed 591 times
mentzer smoking cigarettes

im shocked to find out that mentzer was a smoker..im not 100% sure if he was when he was competing but i seen a video on youtube of him smoking like a chimney..i also herd rumors of schwarzenegger being a smoker when in his prime..kind of interesting to know..just goes to show that smoking cant hurt bodybuilding gains to much..

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perrymk (Havana, FL, U.S.A.) on 9/30/2008 7:36:54 AM

I don′t know if MM smoked while competeing but in the out takes of his HIT DVD there is a section in which an older MM is chain smoking.

I think smoking is detrimental to the average trainee. Top performers who smoked, as I have heard Casey Viator did and as you say MM, were genetic anomolies.

HD27 (N.Falls, Ontario, Canada) on 9/30/2008 2:46:08 PM

Smoking is bad for anyone.Being able to breathe is essential.

Perhaps Mike was under a lot of stress knowing that his health was failing as well as his brother Rays.Along with making a great video,I′m sure Mike had a lot on his mind.

B-WINE (Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands) on 10/4/2008 12:28:08 PM

I agree with HD27: smoking is bad for anyone. Mike loved smoking, perhaps influenced by two of his main idols, Arthur Jones and Ayn Rand, who both were smokers, too.

When I was a teenager, I thought all professional bodybuilders cared for their health. How naive I was! I can clearly remember, for example, when I first saw the Austrian bodybuilder and strongman Manfred Hoeberl* judging at a world strength competion in my homeland the Netherlands. I was literally shocked when I saw him smoking cigarettes and drinking beer.

*) Manfred Hoeberl claimed to have the largest arms in the world. Check his website:


Gromek (Enid, OK, U.S.A.) on 3/15/2009 8:21:36 AM

Ya I read that in a magazine awhile back, wasnt sure if I believed it though. I guess that confirms it. To be honest, Mike loses some credibility with this in my eyes. There is no excuse for that, stress or not.

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