Local arm wrestlers show off "real man's hobby"Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- We all have those hobbies that help get us through the daily grind. Fishing, golfing, video games. Most men will fall under one of those. But some want a little more of a grind for their hobby.
By: Todd Kurtz, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- We all have those hobbies that help get us through the daily grind. Fishing, golfing, video games. Most men will fall under one of those. But some want a little more of a grind for their hobby.
Check out these monster men, chalk up and start their mono y mono work out.
Now before you think this is a sport of just big guys proving strength,
there is actually a lot of technique in arm wrestling... some of the best in the world are half these guys size and 10 to 15 years older.
Roland Kovalenoks/Arm Wrestler: "i like to say it's 80 percent physical and 20 percent mental."
Roland and his training partner John Whitaker, compete in tournaments throughout our area. This is video from a recent one in Fargo, these two gentle giants are too modest to admit it, but they usually end up first and second.
Training is all about strengthening your grip. Pull-ups -- curls, whatever you're doing, you add a wider grip that usually spins -- it forces you to stabilize with your hand.
These two met after we did a story on John opening his gym last year in Detroit Lakes, Roland had just started arm wrestling when he saw me take on big John as part of that story, they put me on the wall of shame for that.
Roland is actually from one of the arm wrestling capitals of the world, Latvia. He even got to train with the national teams when he went home.
Roland: "I couldn't even beat the women."
Now if you're a fan of the late 80s classic "Over the Top" starring Sylvester Stallone, I'm sorry, the tournaments are not quite as dramatic as hollywood makes it seem.
But some of the techniques used in that movie, are real. Roland here is showing me the can opener.
"Over the top baby"
I told those guys I wasn't going to arm wrestling them on camera today. That move there Roland says is really tough to do, unless you're arm wrestling me I guess.
If you want to see more videos or learn more about the sport in our area, you can hit up the facebook page titled Fargo Arm Wrestling.