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Michael Katz was born November 14, 1944 and came from a poor Jewish background where he was the skinny kid wearing glasses and then he started to pump iron and change his body. Mike later went on to be a professional football player with the New York Jets.

After NFL career ended in 1968 from a knee injury, he then went on to become a successful professional bodybuilder and was in the famous Pumping Iron movie that he made with Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1977. Mike is 6'1" tall and competed at around 240 pounds. He is retired as a professional bodybuilder but continues to workout and promote and judge the sport. Mike was known to his fans as the bodybuilder with the big chest and the big heart and he was well-known and respected for the changes that he made to his body as he trained year after year and continued to compete at top level. He was a gym teacher at junior high and would always use that opportunity to inspire the youngsters to go to the limit when training.

Mike Katz Workout

Mike Katz is one of those bodybuilders that comes from the Golden age of bodybuilding when men like Arnold, Sergio Olivia, Mike Mentzer, Frank Zane and a few others were at the top of their game. They would train with high volume for about 2 to 3 hours a workout.

Mike's workout usually came from doing a double split routine where he would train in the morning and again in the afternoon which is something that was just starting out then but has continued in today’s bodybuilding world. Mike believed in doing the basics first and he would spend often more than an hour just doing bench-press.

Like most of the bodybuilders from that golden age of bodybuilding Mike would train 6 days a week using a double split routine where he would train am and pm but he would only do this before competitions. Otherwise Mike would be training every body-part twice a week.

An example of Mike Katz chest workout would be:

Barbell bench press for 8 to 10 sets of 6 to 8 reps
Incline dumbbell bench press for 5 sets of 6 to 8 reps
Dumbbell flyes superset with parallel bar dips for 5 sets of 8 to 10 reps

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