Sanuk How To's: Arm Wrestle
In the wise words of your therapist, acquired technique is as important as God-given girth...
Arm wresting is a great way to settle a dispute, to win drinks and glory in the pub and is one of the few sports that involves physical exertion, but is played whilst seated in a chair.
But it’s not just about brute strength or bicep size, as with so many important human-to-human flesh interactions, and in the wise words of your therapist, acquired technique is as important as God-given girth.
If you are standing, get your right foot forward (if you’re wrestling right handed). This will help leverage much more than a straight on stance.
Set up as high as you can on their hand, keeping your fingers high too. Keeping a high grip will give you an advantage.
Come closer towards them with your elbow for more height and thus leverage, then prise open their hand and wrist using your height advantage. This is a popular technique known as ‘the top roll.’
Cock your wrist (so that your own thumb points back towards you). This opens the opponent’s wrist joint, weakening them.
As you bear down, bring them into the corner towards you, as opposed to side to side. This further opens up their joints, weakening their arm considerably. Side to side can also be dangerous, leading to injuries like a broken humerus.
Win or lose, you’re going to be sore. Avoid tournaments if you suspect you might be surfing a long point break in the near future, or will need to engage in any other strenuous activity that requires repetitive motion of your right arm.