She won the armwrestling title of the Strongest Polish Woman six times in a row. In a year, she wants to return to the strength fitness scene and achieve the impossible: become the champion of both sports at once. ()
Marlena has all colors of medals in her collection, and she’s won the title of the Strongest Polish Woman six times in a row. What characteristics should a female armwrestler have?
Passion is the most important thing in this sport – heart, dedication, faith and sacrifice have to follow – says Marlena. – Fighting in competitions is a way to better yourself, gaining experience. International contests are very important, they are the test for events like the European Championships, World Championships and The World Cup. Let me add that strength is not the most important thing in this sport – there’s also technique, experience, speed and mental strength. Complete with well designed training, passion, ambition and dedication, they are the recipe for success.
In difficult situations, we often feel stage fright, fear, stress. Marlena always felt the pressure to win. During EC’s or WC’s she always feel her heartbeat quicken, but she has her secret ways of relieving stress and motivating herself.
In Marlena’s opinion, strength is also leaving the past behind, and looking for the sources of failure, overcoming adversity and reaching for the laurel wreath. That’s why she’s now preparing herself for the world championships in Lithuania.
I have a month left now – says Marlena. – But I’m very happy with 2012 and 2013. Those were great years for me, because I’ve won gold at the World Cup and the EC’s, and this year I’ve defended my title. Sometimes I think I need a road paved with broken glass, to get motivated to win.
In Marlena’s opinion, armwrestling is a fanatic sport, and she’s positively addicted to it and connected to it in a “hermetic-passionate suit”. As long as she can remember, she’s been fascinated with combat sports, but it’s armwrestling that has the “magic power of virtuosity”.
She’s been in sports for 12 years now, she worked many years as a PT teacher.
Physical activity leads to a healthy lifestyle, which leads to better physical condition, and better condition leads to more faith in one’s potential.