Arm Wrestling is the most intense sport I have done. You must know the recovery time needed and ensure you are fully recovered before a tournament. Arm wrestling uses unique muscles and ligaments that gym strength training does not. You want to be fully recoved and ready to give 110% on competition day.
Before a tournament I like to do 60% maximum and light cardiovascular and muscle workouts that do not push to absolute fatigue. Light workouts take less time to recover from to ensure you are fully recovered for game day. I do not arm wrestle for at least 1-week prior to a competition to ensure maximum performance.
WAF World Championships in Romania | Ogman Isik (Turkey) vs. Clayton Faulconer Photo Credit: Marc-André Campeau & The W.A.F.
After an arm wrestling competition: Recovery time from arm wrestling training can be anywhere from 2-3 days to 1½ weeks, depending on the intensity of armwrestling done. It has taken me up to 2 weeks to fully recover after a tournament. This recovery time is long because tournaments are very intense and arm wrestling works specific muscles and ligaments.
After intense table training or an arm wrestling tournament, there is a great deal of recovery pain and because of this many people stop and do not continue to arm wrestle. I have experienced more recovery pain than anyone should. I consider recovery pain from arm wrestling to be a good pain, not a bad pain. I use this to motivate me.
The more you practice, the less recovery time you will need. Get to know what yours is and listen to your body, let it recover, heal and do not overtrain.
It's not how hard you train, but the length of time and what you can recover from that matters. Learn which factors affect your recovery and find the weekly schedule that works for you.
A balance must be found between arm wrestling, strength training, diet and general exercise.
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