Dave Chaffee, known also as Dave “Easy Money” Chaffee, is in arm wrestling since 2006. Today, looking at the most powerful arm wrestler in the US, World Champion, PAL Intercontinental Champion, one can get the impression that his career was going smoothly up and Dave was always lucky. First he was lucky with genetics - he has big hands and long forearms, then he was lucky with friends who taught him a lot and were a real support team for him, and of course he was lucky with rivals (except Pushkar and Tsyplenkov) who turned out to be weaker than Dave. What is really behind the image of Dave Chaffee, nicknamed "Easy Money"? Is it really easy for him? ()
Despite the fact that in his few interviews Dave talks openly about his training sessions, shares his emotions about what's happening in the sport, many think that Dave Chaffee gets it all really easily. But in fact, everything, of course, is not so.
In an interview with ArmbetsNews (which is currently being prepared for release), Dave admits that he owes his success not only to his natural power, but also to the tremendous work he does in the gym. And the volume of this work, indeed, far exceeds what the average sportsman does. Dave trains 5-6 times a week, once a week he is working at a table. During some training cycles, he can visit the gym 2-3 times a day. Talking about his training program, he quickly and easily lists the exercises that he does during the week and those who understand the topic understand that this is a solid array of exercises. That is the basis of ease, the visibility of which Dave Chaffee so successfully creates.
But there is something else that can not be connected with simple luck. First, it is the athlete's ability to go through defeats and injuries. Secondly, this is a team that is able not only to share your successes, but also to help rise again after the fall.
Having won his first tournament in 2006, Dave, who since childhood was used to being the strongest among his peers, immediately believed in himself and decided to take part in the State championship of Ohio in 2007. But there he got an unpleasant surprise.