In a new video on his YouTube channel, Brandon William reflects on his recent losses in arm wrestling matches to fellow fitness influencers Chris Heria and Magnus Midtbo and decides to seek expert advice. He’s looking for armwrestling giant Allen Fisher, aka “Mr. Intensity,” who holds an incredible 27 world titles and 40 national titles, and spends the day training with him.
First, he sets a PR that serves as a benchmark for how much he can improve over the course of just one day of training. Fisher then has William perform a set of barbell curls with an EZ bar as fast as he can and finds that he has slow-twitch muscles. He also identifies William’s weakest point in the arm wrestling movement pattern – the middle – and instructs him to focus on the strength he’s demonstrating at the very beginning of the movement.
“After testing me and learning about my strengths and weaknesses, Allen taught me how to use all my strengths to the fullest,” says William. “Allen taught me exactly what my strongest arm wrestling move would be, so I practiced it over and over with a resistance band to further ingrain it in my brain.”
This is followed by a series of exercises to strengthen the tendons, ligaments and muscles. “I’ve learned that wrist and hand strength are two of the most important hand factors for winning an arm wrestle, and unfortunately my wrist is one of my weakest points,” says William.
In addition to the physical side of training, Fisher discusses the mindset he has cultivated that has helped him in his competitive career. “I don’t believe in negativity, I don’t believe in ifs, I don’t believe in maybes,” he says. “None of this matters to me because the moment it happens it raises doubts. There should be no doubt whatsoever when you compete against someone, you are competing for who you are and what you have become. If you let some guy across the table lower that, then who are you?”
At the end of the day, William improves on his previous performance and is able to beat his two friends at arm wrestling – but then he must face the “final boss” of the challenge, Fisher’s wife Carolyn, the arm wrestling champion in her own right – and despite the progress that he made, he’s still no match for her.
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