Starts With the Wrist!
matter what you are doing on an arm wrestling table, you need the
ability to generate backpressure - and a heck of a lot of it - in
a hurry! And when it comes to backpressure, it all starts
with the wrist.
just how important the wrist is in generating backpressure, let's
examine several common situations in which you might find yourself.
Let's say that you want to perform a toproll, which is probably
the most effective move in arm wrestling bar none. You can't do
it without backpressure. If you attempt to toproll without adequate
backpressure, you are immediately going to find yourself in a bad
position. And if your wrist cannot hold up to the backpressure that
your body and bicep generate, then your wrist will give out as seen
in the picture below:
that the wrist of the wrestler on the left was not strong enough
for him to utilize all of the backpressure that his bicep and body
were able to generate. Obviously, he cannot toproll from this position,
and he is likely to lose the match - all because he did not have
strong enough wrists.
Back from a Losing Position
anyone who is an experienced armwrestler or who has read this
book knows, backpressure is essential to coming back from a
losing position to win the match. Just as in the picture above,
your backpressure is only as strong as its weakest link, which is
likely your wrist. But there is a way to train this strength, as
"Kick-Ups" are perfect for developing the massive backpressure
that is absolutely essential to arm wrestlers. Many people do this exercise with a sledge-hammer,
but with the Heavy Handle™ Dumbbell, you get to do the exercises
with the weight at different angles. If you use the Heavy
Handle that has the two inch thick handle, it is almost the
identical to what you will feel in an armwrestling match when gripping
up with your opponent's clenched hand.
the exercise with the Heavy Handle, start with your forearm resting
on your leg with your wrist hanging over your knee. With weight
on Shaft A and your thumb pointing towards the ceiling, slowly lower
the weight until your wrist is bent down towards the floor, then
slowly raise the weight finishing the movement with a "snap"
(kick-up) at the end.
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Arm Wrestling Technique might be just
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covered in the book include how to come back from a losing position,
more arm wrestling-specific exercises, and how to win at arm wrestling
on the surfaces other than an arm wrestling table (across a kitchen
table, on the floor, and in bars), as well as many others.
We also offer a video, Secrets of Pro Armwrestling,
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