Strongman Profile series on Breaking Muscle wouldn’t be complete without Maxick, the master of muscle control.
Strongman Profile: Maxick Teaches Us the Lost Art of Muscle Control
Muscle control is for the most part a lost art that is no longer widely applied today. Yet a hundred years ago there was one man whose name was synonymous with it. That man was Maxick (It was originally Max Sick, but that name wasn’t very marketable when you’re teaching health.) Maxick and his business partner, Monte Saldo, claimed their methods of muscle control were superior to any other for health and strength purposes. Were they full of hot air or was it true?
One thing is true for sure. Maxick was a great weight lifter despite not spending much time with weights. He used them to demonstrate his strength, but most of his practice wasn’t with them. He was one of the first to put more than double bodyweight overhead, moving 322.5lbs at a bodyweight of 145lbs. He also performed a strict military press of 222lbs in easy style.