What I do to prepare for a big tournament
- Cardiovascular strength and stamina training. Having good cardio will help you focus on strategy rather than trying to catch your breath. I like to walk to warm-up by walking for 10 minutes and then I jog for 10 minute intervals to get my heart rate up. I switch back and forth, walking and jogging to keep my heart rate above 130 bpm.
- Fat reduction that has worked for me is by ensuring that my daily calorie intake is always less than my calories burned. I use a calorie calculator to determine calories in and and out.
- I like soaking for weightloss and so I look at where the tournament is going to be located and ensure there is a bath tub in the room or a hotel sauna to lose water weight.
- I examine the weight classes available in the tournament I am competing in. I choose the weight class best for me.
Arm Wrestling Training
- Table time and going through exact moves from neutral to finish positions with a partner. Ask the training partner to act as the referee and call the start. Have him give only 25% resistance so you can practice the exact move to win. Use table rules and referee calls to your advantage!
- Find out what the start is going to be at the tournament coming up and use a recording device to record five starts with a pause in between.
- Replicate what the referees will say: align the shoulders, straighten the arms both ways, straighten the wrists, and the start call.
- Play the recorded mock referee.
- Start from the recorder and practice starts.
- Be fast by using both good timing and quick reflex speed.
Gym Strength Training
- Strength training to replicate AW movements as much as possible. I ensure I have worked all body parts and am fully recovered prior to a tournament.
- Hand and wrist training helps you to make them stronger.
- Practice with straps!