Explosive Hit Training | Armwrestling

Posted by Ryan Bowen on

 

I genuinely can't express enough how much explosive ready go training is adding to my game.

The ready go is such a vital component of the sport that is so very often missed among training routines. Refining your nervous system to be able to consistently and efficiently generate maximal force in an instant will deliver disproportionate rewards come tournament time. Where usually this kind of refinement only comes from official starts, training with a timer and giving 100% genuine effort is the next best thing.

In the early days of my journey in the sport it was my mission to have more official ready gos than anyone else in Australia. I have achieved that for 7 years straight now and it has given me what I consider to be my best weapon. Awareness.

Always remember that it's not just about going for the pin. So much of a hit is about ensuring that the vector you launch into is one that allows you to first and foremost, secure your hand and secondly, allow for maximal side pressure.

Securing your hand off the go is such a critical moment. Having an unsecured hand at the go will mean that your own side pressure will become your worst enemy and it will actually gift your opponent significant leverage over you and superior access to finishing force.

Understanding this order of priority will dramatically increase the effectiveness of your hit and bring you so many more wins.

So back to this style of training. I feel it should be done as often as you can handle it, as it is almost as good as official tournament starts. The benefits are so close to being the same.

Good communication with your training partner will allow this training to occur without pain or injury and the sharpness you will develop from it will terrify your next tournament opponent.

Be sure to apply a process with two audible warnings. At the first sound, take that moment as a no more movement moment. From there keep centre, and remain with your wrist straight. The second sound is the go. Launch with everything you have and refine refine refine.

Aim to have 3 to 4 rounds of 10 to 20 ready gos. Over the course of the session you will begin to feel fatigue in your hand and arm and this fatigue will shift the balance among you and your training partner. It is the shift in balance that allows you to really dial in and feel the nuances of the sport.

Pay attention to these nuances. They will become your number one weapon in tournaments. If you have done thousands of starts under these conditions, you will have superior confidence and execution over your opponent who has neglected this form of training.

Ultimately, I really do believe in this. Find a balanced partner and maximise your ready go.


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