Who is Maxx Charles?
Maxx Charles is a sponsored athlete from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and an IFBB professional bodybuilder.
He is well-known in the professional bodybuilding community and is admired for his unconventional training and eating habits.
Short Career of Maxx Charles
Maxx Charles claims that his family’s life was difficult for the first nine years he spent in Haiti.
Fortunately, his father spent many years working in New York after moving there when Maxx was a baby, saving money to bring Maxx, his mother, and his siblings to the city.
Maxx was inspired to have a body like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s after seeing his acting in movies when he first moved to New York.
He pursued the bodybuilding ambition of participating at Mr. Olympia, and in 2015, after years of hard effort and self-discipline, he finally succeeded in making it to the Olympia stage.
Since his initial Olympia performance, Maxx has continued to build a fantastic physique deserving of the international stage. He has received a lot of attention on social media and is committed to becoming the world’s top bodybuilder.
Body Measurements of Maxx Charles
|Full Name:||Maxx Charles|
|DATE OF BIRTH:||February 20, 1980|
|HEIGHT:||5′ 11″ (180 cm)|
|WEIGHT:||Over 310 lbs (140.6 kg)|
- 2008 NPC Eastern USA Bodybuilding, Figure & Fitness Competition, 1st
- 2011 NPC National Championships, 2nd
- 2011 NPC Bev Francis Atlantic States Bodybuilding, Figure, & Fitness Championships, 1st
2012 NPC USA Championships, 3rd
2013 NPC USA Championships, 1st
2013 NPC USA Championships, 1st
2014 IFBB New York Pro, 5th
2014 IFBB PBW Tampa Pro, 4th
2015 IFBB New York Pro, 3rd
2015 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro, 1st
2015 IFBB Olympia Weekend, 12th
“I know I have a reputation as this massive guy, but for me, it’s not about being as big as you can— more about being as good as you can.”
Maxx was born in Haiti’s Port-au-Prince. He claims that life was “difficult” because he shared a home with an elder brother and a younger sister.
He claims that some of his earliest recollections are filled with “a lot of violence involving kidnapping and murder,” and that the police didn’t feel like they were protecting the community.
Fortunately, when he was a young child, his father decided to move the family to New York to find work. He was able to move the entire family to the “Big Apple” for 9 years by finding a job.
Maxx claims that he hadn’t seen his father in 9 years when he first met him when he was 10 years old.
He didn’t completely understand “how much he’d sacrificed” until after that for the family. He was deeply moved by his father’s tales of doing menial chores to have them flown over.
First Contact with Bodybuilding
When Maxx was 8 years old, his passion for fitness and bodybuilding was ignited. He claims that he was immediately taken by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s physique when he first saw him in the film “Commando.”
After watching this movie, he learned more about Arnold’s life and developed a fascination with the Mr. Olympia contest.
He claims that Arnold instantly rose to the status of a hero in his eyes. Even though he used to enjoy watching bodybuilding, he claims that he didn’t start lifting weights until he was 15 years old.
He said that the chance to participate in a sport that involved “just him,” as opposed to team sports, was “wonderful” and that he loved every minute of working out.
He claims that what genuinely attracted him to the sport—and the reason he hasn’t looked back since—was the chance to control your fate
Building Up his Physique
Maxx continued to lift weights throughout his adolescent years, which helped him improve his diet. He eventually reached 300 lbs. at the age of 19, with little to no body fat.
His buddies urged him to compete at a nearby event, but he declined, saying, “I wanted to enter a higher quality show. No offense to the local shows.” Maxx believed that professional shows were his ultimate goal and that no regional events would do.
Maxx put in nine years of diligent training in the gym starting in 1999 when he was 19 years old to build a physique that he believed was deserving of a competition victory.
Taking the Field and Securing His Pro Card
When he competed in the 2008 NPC Eastern USA Bodybuilding, Figure & Fitness Competition, he achieved this victory. He competed in the super-heavyweight division and comfortably defeated every other huge opponent present.
Maxx rose in the ranks as a result of the confidence he now has after this success. He finished third at the 2012 NPC USA Championships, second at the 2011 NPC National Championships, and then won the Overall division at the 2013 NPC USA Championships to earn his Pro Card.
The Mr. Olympia Dream: A Pursuit
Maxx had always envisioned himself as Mr. Olympia. After winning the Tampa Pro in 2015, he realized it was within his reach as he rose the ranks.
Unfortunately, he was only able to finish 13th in his first appearance at the Olympia Weekend. Maxx was greatly inspired by the Olympia tournament itself, despite finishing in a lesser position.
He claims that because his calf was severely wounded and he couldn’t train his legs as much as he’d have liked to, he didn’t expect to win that particular race.
He decided to train on his legs as much as he could to stay committed to his Olympia ambition. Since then, he claims he has been “hammering his legs seven days a week” to get ready for additional Olympias.
Intensive, Constant Sessions
“I don’t have breaks,” Maxx says of his preparation for these events. I haven’t taken a single day off from training in a very long time. He claims that he only took three days off from training in the entire year of 2015.
Maxx claims that his daily workouts, which last three hours each, create the optimal environment for his body to respond positively. He claims that he initially tried the customary 45–60 minute strategy, but his body didn’t respond well to it.
“Most people don’t understand what I do, but it makes sense to me. Since this is a personal sport, you must determine what suits you the best.
Heavy Arm Exercises
Maxx Charles also decides not to count his reps, which adds to this unconventional strategy. He claims that rep counting encourages self-limitation, thus to avoid this, he simply performs as many repetitions as he can until he reaches failure.
Maxx is passionate about this spontaneous method of training. This also applies to his choice of exercise, since he prefers to modify conventional routines to meet his demands.
He selects to perform workouts like skull crushers, but he does it while seated on the cable row machine and with his top facing the stack. He claims he wouldn’t trade this exercise’s muscle response for any other since he prefers it.
- Monday – Glutes and hamstrings
- Tuesday – Chest
- Wednesday – Quads
- Thursday – Shoulders
- Friday – Back
- Saturday – Arms
- Sunday – Off
- Cable Curl facing into the stack (5 sets) (20-30 reps)
- Cable Curl facing away from the stack (4 sets) (40-50 reps)
- Seated Curl (on close grip lat-pull down machine (3 sets) (16-30 reps)
- Dumbbell or rope hammer curl (2 sets) (16-30 reps)
- One-arm preacher curl (2 sets) (20-30 reps)
- Alternate dumbbell curl (2 sets) (20-30 reps)
- Machine Curl (2-4 sets) (20-30 reps)
- Dumbbell Concentration Curl (1 set) (20-30 reps)
- Wide-grip cable push down (5 sets) (25-30 reps)
- Rope Pushdown (7 sets) (25-30 reps)
- Lying cable skull crushers (3 sets) (25-30 reps)
- Machine Dip (2 sets) (25-30 reps)
- Cable Kickback (1 set) (40-50 reps)
He likes to eat differently than the majority of professional bodybuilders, just as he prefers to work out differently.
Maxx chooses to eat three meals a day with nutritious meats and vegetables, even though it’s typical to eat six meals a day that is prepared in preparation.
He makes an effort to stay within his macronutrient budget. When he does eat, he eats a lot of food that is high in carbs, protein, and good fats to provide his body with the nutrition it requires.
Influences and Idols
Maxx Charles was inspired by bodybuilders like Ronnie Coleman, Flex Wheeler, Shawn Ray, Kevin Levrone, and Dexter Jackson while he was growing up and read a lot of bodybuilding magazines.
Along with these sports giants, his family also serves as an inspiration to him. Since he started exercising as a teenager, his parents and relatives have encouraged him to set and achieve goals.
What Can We Infer About Maxx Charles?
The life-changing potential of the bodybuilding dream has been demonstrated by Maxx Charles’ story. Moving away from his dangerous Haitian homeland was a blessing. In New York, he was able to establish a life and a career for himself.
It’s also admirable how he unconventionally approaches eating and weightlifting. Finding the diet and exercise regimen that is right for you can be very helpful as opposed to going with the flow, as Maxx did on his journey to greatness.