Armed by Eklund was started by the armwrestler Roine Eklund. Roine had his own successful international carrier from 1992 – 2010. He has won both the European and World championships during his active time as an armwrestler. ()
Roine got taught the techniques in armwrestling by the great swedish “Legend” Andreas Rundström and his brother Jonas Rundström. Later on Janis Amolins played a big part of how he developed his filosophy in armwrestling. When Roine quit his carrier he kept on wanting to give to the sport through training others. Roine studied to be a sport coach at the sports highschool Bosön in Sweden. He had different coaching groups, but he wanted to start a group with strong athletes that was on the same high level and to get them to train together and help each other to become even better. Some of the Swedish armwrestling ladies asked him if he could coach them.
So in November 2016 he started ”Armed by Eklund” that has some of the best female armwrestlers in Sweden with names like: Felicia Eklund (also his wife), Fia Reisek, Victoria Karlsson, Malin Kleinsmith, Elina Persson, Sara Nyberg and Carolina Pettersson.
All of them have taken medals at the big stages in the world, with several world and european championship golds. All the members of Armed by Eklund has their own armwerstling clubs that they train and pull for in their cities. Armed by Eklund is just an additional club, that helps the athletes with training programs, support and camps, to become even better.
“We spend a lot of time together as often as we can even though we live far away from each other, we try to train together at least every third month. My task is to get to know everything about my athletes opponents, to analyse them and to give my athletes a training program to become the best at every important competition, and off course I am there to coach them during the competitions too.”
- says Roine Eklund
”It´s challenging to lead a female group of athlets since it is very different to male athletes and the sport is different between men and women. But I feel comfortable and I want to put my time on female sport that still today is not equal to male sport in media, with prize money a.s.o. Even though I know that this group of females put as much, if not more, heart in to their training than most men do, and also has to pay as much money for gym cards, travels, starting fees a.s.o. ”
All the members of ”Armed by Eklund” meet up almost every third month in different cities in Sweden. Roine Eklund plans the training program for each meet, that always ends up with an armwrestling practice. Sometimes there is a leacture with different lecturer that leactures about for an example lifting technique, the optimal training for women due to their hormon cycle a.s.o..
Before important competitions like the European or the World Championships each armwrestler gets an individual training program that Roine Eklund has made for each female to follow to be in the right spike on the day of competition.
It has meant a lot to me to have Roine as my coach and to have the other girls in ”Armed by Eklund” to talk to and get advice from before a competition. It feels good to always have somebody to discuss my training with, that knows me and knows everything about me and my training, Victoria Karlsson says.