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Joe Sullivan

Hello all, I had made the shift from grip to arm wrestling last year. Now that I’m back I will share it with those who are interested. I pretty much stopped gripping for most of 2020 and in August of that year shifted to arm wrestling with intentions of competing. I can say one thing about arm wrestling... it did not increase my prior grip strength in any way and it actually decreased my strength for grip feats. When I went back to gripping I kind of had to work my way back to where I was. Arm wrestling only seemed to strengthen arm wrestling.... at least for me. I as definitely training it way too much on the table with other pullers because I enjoyed it so much. It was giving my elbow tendinitis from too much training and basically scrapped arm wrestling because I value my grip and other strength and feeling good way too much . So I went back to grip in Late December. Fast forward to February 6th and I entered the NYS arm wrestling championships. It went very well and what can I say? I am now bit by the AW bug again and will Find a way to balance both. My plan is to only pull once a month and the rest of the month be my regular grip and overall strength stuff. Here are some pics from the tournament. I also have some video if anyone has not seen them.

 

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Almost forgot to give thanks to John Eaton to pointing me in the right direction to my coach and friend , WAL masters world champion Chris Myers Who has been invaluable to me the last 5 months . Without John I would not have found Chris and so many awesome pullers in my area.

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JStepien

I wish I was an elite arm wrestling superstar like the mighty Joe Sullivan! 💪

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22 minutes ago, JStepien said:

I wish I was an elite arm wrestling superstar like the mighty Joe Sullivan! 💪

Don’t forget  “Gripping fool” as well... Studdly  do right !! 

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Climber028

Awesome, long time no see. Great to see you still in the strength world. I started pulling with some guys too during lockdowns since the climbing gyms closed. If I use both hands I might be competitive with you. 

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11 minutes ago, Climber028 said:

Awesome, long time no see. Great to see you still in the strength world. I started pulling with some guys too during lockdowns since the climbing gyms closed. If I use both hands I might be competitive with you. 

Hey, Mike. Yea as long as I’m breathing I will be involved in something strength. If I can’t run I will walk.. can’t walk I will crawl... and if I can’t crawl I will be dead....

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bencrush

It's great to see John Eaton's pic!  He's one of my favorite people on the planet.  He looks strong and happy.  😀

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Just now, bencrush said:

It's great to see John Eaton's pic!  He's one of my favorite people on the planet.  He looks strong and happy.  😀

He’s lost quite a bit of weight. I almost didn’t recognize him when I saw him. He looks like James Retarides in the picture.....

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On 2/23/2021 at 8:47 AM, Joe Sullivan said:

Almost forgot to give thanks to John Eaton to pointing me in the right direction to my coach and friend , WAL masters world champion Chris Myers Who has been invaluable to me the last 5 months . Without John I would not have found Chris and so many awesome pullers in my area.

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Eric Roussin

Congrats, Joe!

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8 hours ago, Eric Roussin said:

Congrats, Joe!

Thanks, Eric. I’m addicted to arm wrestling as much as I am to grip. Just figuring out how to balance the two...

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