of "Maximum Muscle Mass"
eBook By Morris Mendez
Morris Mendez is a
classic example of a skinny guy turning to weight
training to bulk up and not feel bad about being
skinny any more.
That story sound familiar?
Maybe that's why YOU started training, too!
This is a picture
of Morris to the right. He's a professional natural
bodybuilder. This is obviously a guy who knows how
to get in shape.
But can his techniques
work for the "average Joe" trainer, looking
put on some significant muscle mass?
Let's find out!
As a bodybuilder, Morris
is concerned with muscle size and shape because that's
what he gets judged on up on stage.
I'm happy to see that
in his book, Morris actually DOES focus on performance
in addition to straight up muscle building. He also
has a BIG focus on compound exercises like squats and
deadlifts as the most effective mass builders. Anybody
with any sort of experience in muscle-building will agree
Morris has included a substantial
section on nutrition - plenty of good no-nonsense information
to help you customize your own eating strategies. What
works for one person doesn't always work for another and
Morris has done a nice job of explaining how to work with
your diet to make sure you're getting enough calories
and nutrients to maximize the results you get from your
The training program section
covers the bulk of this book - a 12 week, workout-by-workout
program that takes you through a complete periodized program.
Each workout is laid out in detail - very easy to follow
along with and record your progress.
The training part itself
isn't what you'd call revolutionary...you're using standard
exercises and rep ranges.
lies the key...a focus on basic, effective program design
and improving your numbers with each workout is where
the results lie...not in creating a confusing
program that just looks good on paper. The overall program
here is well designed and will definitely get you results,
i.e. muscle mass.
Morris also includes a section
on supplements. Normally, people use WAY too many supplements
- stuff that's not doing pretty much anything to help
them reach their goals. Heck, most supplements don't even
contain half of what they're supposed to on top of the
fact that the main ingredient hasn't even been proven
to work in the first place!
The supplement list that
Morris has included in his list includes some tried-and-true
supplements as well as a couple of ones that you may not
be familiar with. I don't agree with all the choices (I
haven't tried a few of them myself so I can't speak to
their effectiveness) but the staples are solid.
If you're more towards the
beginner to intermediate stage of training, you'll get
the most out of this book. The more advanced trainer will
be familiar with a lot of the information in here.
Don't get me wrong...it's
definitely effective stuff! If you ARE interested
in learning how Morris Mendez got to be the size he is
(and he is certainly well developed for a natural competitor)
this is a good book to check out.