World Champion arm wrestler Travis Bagent will be taking on all comers at The CrossFit Games in Aromas, California on July 10-12, 2009. In this video, Travis demonstrates three basic arm wrestling moves and explains why they’re often misunderstood by people unfamiliar with the sport. Slow motion replays from competition follow each demonstration.
First up: the top roll. Travis describes it as the art of pulling your opponent towards you by applying back pressure. You manipulate the starting position and thrust under and into the table as you go down. Your opponent feels his hand opening up. The side pressure makes his wrist open up. Pretty soon, it’s game over.
Next up: the hook. You lock your wrist into a curl and form a hook. Pull-ups help in training for this move. When force is applied, your opponent sees the palm of his hand. That’s not good. Travis says: “If you’re looking at the palm of your hand you shouldn’t be in an arm wrestling match, because you’ve got some problems.”
Last up: the shoulder roll. This is a dangerous move that’s rarely used. You get your body on the outside of your hand and drive your opponent to the pin pad by pushing, rather than pulling.