Strongman Profile: Maxick Teaches Us the Lost Art of Muscle Control
I will match myself to lift against any man in the world, weight for weight on pure strength lifts. I will even reduce my weight to 9 stone 7 lbs. to meet a man of that weight if he does not care to take advantage of the weight for weight offer. Further I will undertake not to indulge in any exercise with weights or to practice with bars of any description for at least three months before the test if desired by my opponent.
The old-time strong man developed his muscles solely by means of contraction of them. He had an idea that the more he exercised them by contraction, the stronger he must become - oblivious of the fact that his toughened muscles were always being impeded in the work by the antagonism of opposed muscles. Thus, such a man had invariably to expend about twice as much energy as was necessary for the work he had to perform.
The lifter who applies the science of Muscle-Control to weight-lifting converts that which under old conditions afforded an ugly spectacle into an art beautiful to witness. There is no desperate distortion of the body, caused by general contraction of all the muscles simultaneously, but a series of easy and graceful poses as each set of muscles is brought into operation, while those which are not required are relaxed. The whole strength of the muscles is applied to accomplish the desired end.
It must always be born in mind by the student that muscle-control must be regarded in its widest meaning, which is: to relax, restrain, govern, direct and contract the muscles; not only in groups, but singly as far as the connections and adhesions of the other muscles, tendons, and ligaments permit.
1. Maxick & Monte Saldo, Health, Strength & Will Power (South Carolina, Strongman Books, 2011), 15.
2. Maxick, Great Strength By Muscle Control (South Carolina, Strongman Books, 2011), 8-9.
3. Maxick, Muscle Control (South Carolina, Strongman Books, 2010), 11, 13, 30-31, 33-38.
4. Bodybuilding Magazine, "Professor J. Chandrashekhar: A Great Muscle Controller" February 1954.