Annie Fuller - Female Arm Wrestler

Annie Fuller Interview
August 2016

1. Annie, How long have you been arm-wrestling for and what made you want to pursue this?

I have been arm-wrestling for 5 years. A high school friend of mine began arm-wrestling more than 10 years ago and he got in contact with me and said I should come to a practice and see if I like it. I went and immediately fell in love with it.

2. What does your weekly training routine look like for arm wrestling on average? What exercises are you doing to increase your forearm mass?

My weekly routine is Monday through Saturday I lift in the gym. Sundays we have practice. Forearm exercises consist of any plate pinching, fat grip usage, static pulls up on a rounded or flat surface. You can also do wrist curls and of course table work. Table work is probably the best way to strengthen your hand.

3. How do you warm up before going onstage?

Before a tournament I use bands to warm up and I listen to my music to help keep my mind on tract. If one of my teammates are present then I will warm up with them on the tables before the tournament starts.

4. What are some very common arm-wrestling myths?

That I watch the movie Over the Top before tournaments. That we always win big trucks. Hahaha. Also that you only use your arm. We use our entire bodies. Another myth is that you press someone’s arm sideways and we are actually pulling their arm toward us and away from their bodies.

5. In your personal opinion, who do you feel are your 3 toughest opponents? What are their techniques?

I go into tournaments with the thought to not underestimate anyone, not matter how long they have been pulling or how big or small they are. I hit as hard as I can every time.

6. What are some of the best ways to prevent arm wrestling pains (elbow/bicep/shoulder) as much as possible?

I feel that with arm wrestling you will always have some kind of pain, just like any sport. But I feel that if you warm up thoroughly before practice or a work out and take the time to recover then you will be able to keep the pain under control.

7. How do you motivate yourself?

I think of what kind of athlete I want to be and I think that I want to be a person who can say “I can do”……whatever. Rather than “I used to be able to…..” and I have an amazing support group. My family, friends and team mates are where I get most of my motivation. I want them to be proud of me and I want to show them that they can do whatever they want, they just need to work on it one day at a time.

8. How do you balance your time between work and competing?

Well for most tournaments you need to travel out of state. They are also usually on weekends so that helps with missing work.

9. What are your favorite things to do in your spare time?

I love spending time with my family and friends. Anything that keeps us laughing.

10. Future plans?

Future plans as of right now is to just keep training my hardest and see where that takes me. I have not intentions of quitting anytime soon.

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Annie Fuller

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