Max Sick's muscular structure is phenomenal,
if not unique. Sick also has body strength, which one might call miraculous
considering his light body weight of 68 kg. This body strength manifests
itself in an extremely high performance capability during all different
kinds of exercises. Sick does particularly well in terms of heavy weight
lifting. With one arm he is able to lift up to 216lb., with both arms
he is able to lift up to 290lb. completely. Therefore, it is surely interesting
to learn more about Sick's personality and development.
In his early childhood, between the ages of 2 and 5, Sick was unusually
weak and fell ill with so many different illnesses that he only learned
to walk at the age of 6. In spite of all this Sick developed a burning
desire during his childhood to possess a body strength that surpasses
the ordinary by far. Sick's parents were against any kind of physical
exercise such as gymnastics, athletics etc. This started a passion within
the young Max, which in later years inspired him to invent a system allowing
him to develop his physique without machines but by tensioning of the
muscles only. His efforts were supported by the shortly-after published
book by A. Stolz "Guidelines to develop muscles and power".
By the time when the interest in athletics increased with the opening
of a club in his home town (near the Bodensea) Sick's muscles were developed
so noticeably that he was able to perform acts of extreme strength. His
profession (mechanic) also played a role. Since several years Sick emphasises
mainly a harmonic development of his body. To do so he mainly uses the
system of voluntary tensioning of the muscles which is mostly described
in this publication.
With regards to Sick's way of life he never followed any particular
rules. His only fundamental principal was that any kind of excess is bad
and that the body gets harmed more than strengthened by too many, frequent
or permanent exercises. Therefore, it is the moderation and the consequence,
which made Sick's development of his body a big success.
The following is a judgement on Sick by a famous artist: "
In Herr Sick I got to know a unique phenomenon. His abilities surprised
me very much. They can only be explained by his enormous energy and his
astounding will power. He was born with these attributes as well as with
his admirable health. The ability to concentrate his will power during
the most crucial moments is simply phenomenal. This is - even if it sounds
unlikely - undoubtedly what enables Sick to perform far beyond his physical
disposition. The most outstanding doctors whom I presented M. Sick to
were full of admiration and astonishment. M. Sick also satisfied me highly
as a model. Sascha Schneider, Professor at the Kunstakademie in Weimar."
Being 162cm tall Sick has the following measurements: neck 43cm,
chest after exhaling completely 93cm, normal 103cm, and with greatest
inhalation 114cm (hence extension capability of 21 cm), upper arm 34-40cm,
lower arm 32.5cm, wrist 19cm, thigh 58.5cm, calf 39cm, ankle 23.5cm. But
it needs to be noted that as a life model Sick's body appears to be much
larger due to a harmonic development of all parts and he does give a Herculean