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The classic book on Muscle Control from one of the best ever at the art, Maxick, the oldtime strongman. If you're looking to develop tremendous will power, control over your muscles, the ability to tense and relax at will then this book is a must.
Born as a small child and attacked with rickets, he shortly became a robust young lad through his practice of muscle control. He went on to become one of the strongest people of his time, while maintaining a very small bodyweight.
Here are Maxick’s Amazing Feats Of Strength at a Weight of less than 147lbs:
Right Hand Military Press, 112 pounds
Right Hand Snatch, 165 pounds
Right Hand Swing with Dumbbell, 150 pounds.
Right Hand Jerk, 240 pounds
Two Hands Military Press, 230 pounds
Two Hands Clean and Jerk with Barbell, 272 pounds.
Two Hands Continental Jerk with Barbell, 340 pounds
In a contest at finger-pulling, in which Maxick was "unbeatable," Maxick could pull a 200-pound opponent clear across the table that separated the two men.
He pressed van Diggelen (185 pounds) overhead 16 times with his right arm, while holding in his left hand a glass of beer full to the brim, without spilling a drop. Earlier that same day, he had pressed Fred Storbeek (205 pounds), who was then the heavyweight British Empire Boxing Champion, 11 times with his right arm.
Holding van Diggelen aloft on one arm, Maxick ran up two flights of stairs with him and then ran down the two flights. Then standing on his hands, he in that position ran up the two flights and down again.
Pretty amazing stuff right? And Maxick attributes his strength to muscle control. Plus here is what Maxick has to say regarding the Mind-Muscle connection:
"THE SERIOUS student of muscle-control will soon become aware of the fact that his willpower had become greater, and his mental faculties clearer and capable of increased concentration. Thus it will be observed that the controlling of the muscles reacts upon the mind and strengthens the mental powers in exactly the same proportion that the control of the muscles strengthens the body and limbs."
Here are the subject headings found within this book:
My Early Years
Attacked by Rickets
A Weakling Among the Robust
A Momentous Happening
My Health Improves
Work, but nourishment
How Muscle Control was Revealed to Me
How Mechanical Exercise May Hinder Muscle Development
The Case of the Stonemason
What is Meant by Muscle Control
I Become a Champion
Passive Condition of Relaxation
I Take Up Weight-Lifting
I Win an Open Championship
All Three Championships
My First Pupil
I Come to England
Will-Power and Muscle-Control
A Few Hints
You'll also find 21 exercises that cover the body form the head to the toes.
Although this is the best and most famous Maxick wrote a number of other books like Great Strength with Muscle Control, How to Become a Great Athlete and Health, Strength & Will Power.
Maxick, whose name was "anglicised" from the German, Max Sick, was anything but a man in poor health! Paradoxically, he was to become known as "The Muscular Phenomenon." He was born in Bregenz, a town in the extreme western tip of Austria, on June 28, 1882. Although as a child he had been sickly and of poor physique, by long training in weightlifting and gymnastics he became a phenomenon of muscularity and strength. Although standing only 5 feet 3 3/4 inches and weighing at his best from 145 to 147 pounds, Maxick set records in weightlifting that few heavyweights of his day could equal. Outside of straight weightlifting, Maxick showed up equally well. Indeed, in hand-balancing and gymnastics he could perform some astounding feats. As would he expected in view of his extraordinary strength, Maxick had a superb muscular development. So completely were all his voluntary muscles under his control that he could make any desired group "dance" in time to music. He was, in fact, one of the first great exponents of the art of "muscle control," and could do things in this department that astonished even the great Eugen Sandow, who himself was an expert in the art. For many years, Maxick made his home in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he conducted a gymnasium and health studio. He also went periodically on exploring expeditions into the Matto Grosso of Brazil. Maxick died in Buenos Aires about 1960.
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