“Most people see arm wrestling as a battle of strength, but in reality, it's about 50% strength and 50% technique. If you want to improve your armwrestling skills you’ve come to the right place.
Let’s go through a few tips that can be utilized to give you an advantage in your next Armwrestling match.
Tip 1: Proper posture and body positioning
Before you even start to pull your opponent, step one is to make sure your body is positioned correctly.
Stand with your dominant foot forward. This means placing the foot forward which is the same as the arm you are pulling with. For example, place your right foot forward if you wrestle with your right arm, and your left foot forward if you wrestle with your left hand. Standing with your dominant foot will leverage some of your body weight into your arm.
Position your body so your hip touches the table, but not your whole stomach. Make sure to keep your stomach as close as possible to the surface you’re wrestling on. This means that, if you have your right foot forward, your right hip will be up against the table. This is because the closer your body is to the table, the more effectively you’ll be able to pull down on your opponent's arm. If you stand or sit a few inches away from the table, you won’t be able to use your shoulder muscles in the arm-wrestling match.
Tip 2: Grip and wrists
The focal points of arm wrestling aren't in the biceps and shoulders; they're in the hand and wrist. Grip your opponent's hand with your knuckles as high as possible. If you can, slightly arch your wrist when you lock hands with your opponent. If your hand is slightly elevated over theirs, you can exert more leverage and pull harder on their arm once the wrestling match begins. If your hand is well positioned, your fingers will be directly over the nail of your thumb. "Make sure your index finger is wrapped over your thumb, rather than having your thumb sticking out. Keeping the hand locked will make the wrist more stable and improve power efficiency.
Tip 3: Surprise your opponent
Having a strategy in arm wrestling, hand positioning and technique are more important than strength.
If you know that your opponent is stronger than you are, make a quick surprise move as soon as the match starts. Curl your palm inward and try to force your opponent's arm down before they can assert their strength. This may help you overcome their power. Keep in mind that you might tire yourself out quickly if you aren't successful.
Tip 4: Wait it out
Let your opponent tire themself out if you feel like you're losing. Sometimes the other person is just too strong for you to properly use your technique. If this happens, drop your wrist back to make it harder for them to push your arm down. Then, hold your position until they tire out. When they appear to be struggling, push their arm down. Pretend like you feel confident that you're going to win. Your opponent doesn't know that you feel like you're losing, and looking confident may get them to give up.
Tip 5: Two different strategies to finish
Perform a "top roll" once your strong opponent has worn themself out. As your opponent tires, pull your hand closer to your body to weaken your opponent’s arm and decrease their leverage. Slide your hand up to the centre of your palm and grip the top of your opponent’s hand. Then, as you push their hand down to the tabletop, pull the opponent's wrist back. Their palm should rotate towards the ceiling. This move is more about leverage than brute strength. Putting pressure on your opponent's hand will force it open and make it more difficult for them to use their muscles. When performing a "top roll," you can also pull your body back to draw out your opponent’s arm even more
Use the "hook" if you and your opponent are matched in strength. To "hook," curl your wrist inwards. This will extend your opponent's arm but will require you to put a lot of bicep power in. Lean in and position your body (especially the shoulder) over your arm and keep your body and arm close together. Drag your opponent towards you as you pull their arm down. This technique is useful if you're as strong as your opponent in either forearm strength, bicep strength, or both. You’ll force your opponent’s wrist back to give yourself greater leverage. Maintain wrist contact throughout the match so that force is delivered through the wrists, rather than the hands.”