was stated before, arm wrestling is not solely about the strength of your
bicep. Knowing how to use your arm and body as a single unit will pay
big dividends against a bigger and stronger opponent who does not know
how to make his arm and body one when arm wrestling! The strongest competitor
does not always win. Technique can overcome strength!
So how do you move
your arm and body as one? First, make sure that your arm and fist stay
inside your shoulders at ALL times. Imagine that you are holding your
arms straight out in front of your body so that they are perpendicular
to your shoulders and parallel to the floor (see picture below). This
is the area in which your hand and arm should never leave when arm wrestling!
If your arm leaves this area, you lose your body's power and can even
make sure that when you place your arm onto the pad that your upper arm
is against your body (or as close to it as possible). This will help to
limit the ability of your arm to move alone, which is actually good. By
limiting your arm's mobility, you are forced to use your entire body to
pin your opponent and will be a much better arm wrestler for it! Your
body and arm together are much stronger than your arm can ever be alone.
See the pictures below.
picture, you see that both pullers are using only their arms to arm wrestle.
They are not using their bodies to get the pin. This is the way people
who do not know any arm wrestling technique usually arm wrestle. If you
know how to lock your arm and body as one, you can beat inexperienced
opponents even if they are much stronger than you!
here that both wrestlers are using their body to arm wrestle. Both have
locked their body as one, so where their arms go, their bodies also go.
Notice that the wrestler on the left (barT), though in a losing position,
has still managed to keep his arm and body locked. Because he has kept
his body behind his arm in the losing position, he can apply backpressure
and have a good chance at coming back and winning the match.