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How to Generate Tremendous Backpressure

It All Starts With the Wrist!
No 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.

To illustrate 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:

Notice 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.

Battling Back from a Losing Position
As 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 seen below:

Wrist Kick-Ups
Wrist "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.

To perform 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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Books and Videos on Arm Wrestling Technique
BOOK: If you are interested in learning the moves above in much greater detail, as well as several advanced moves, our Ultimate Guide to Professional Arm Wrestling Technique might be just what you are looking for. T
opics 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.

VIDEO: We also offer a video, Secrets of Pro Armwrestling, that details how to win at armwrestling and features several world champion armwrestlers!


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