I'm very routine oriented. Almost like a robot. Getting to know legendary arm wrestler, Dave Chaffee By: Sean BOOM Hancock ()
There are few armwrestlers in the world that stand out like the legendary Top 8, world champion, 6'2", 275 pound, Dave Chaffee. Today we take you behind the scenes to learn some things about the man and his everyday life.
Hello Dave, will you please introduce yourself?
I'm Dave Chaffee. From Erie, PA. I Started Arm Wrestling in November 2006.
What do you enjoy in life outside of arm wrestling?
I enjoy time with my family. Video games. I play countless hours with my wife. We will get a game and just play it for days straight until we beat it. We play anything from online GTA to old school NES Super Mario 3. Our wedding theme was actually GTA 5. Which is our favorite game. Anytime a song was played by the DJ, we had him announce which GTA game it was from. Many of the songs were from Vice City as the soundtrack is from the 80s which I love. I also enjoy going to the casino. We bet the horses, play slots , video poker craps and roulette. I used to play a lot of Texas Holdem poker but I haven't in awhile. My Dad taught me how to play poker when I was 5 so I have been playing for quite some time.
Was is a regular day like for you when you are home?
My life is pretty uneventful. I'm very routine oriented. Almost like a robot. I don't like change. I work my job and then when I come home I'll workout in my garage or in my basement depending on what I'm doing. Spend time with the kids. Help with schoolwork. Then my wife and I will start playing video games. After that we will watch a show before bed and then we do it again the next day.. We are big fans of the Office. Law and order SVU, Criminal minds, Swat and Forensic Files.
Do you have any other jobs or professions other than arm wrestling?
I work at The Erie County Prison as a Corrections Officer. I have been there eleven years. And in about eleven more I can retire. So my 22 year sentence will be complete. But really for the most part its an easy job. You have your days just like any. There are a lot of inmates that jokingly challenge me to a match. Many of them know I arm wrestle and tell me they have watched my matches on YouTube. Some of them remember the Game of Arms show.
How and when did you get involved in the sport of arm wrestling?
I saw a flier at the gym I was working out at in 2006. A friend of mine knew someone who had competed before and introduced me to him. This ended up being James Wagner. I went over to his place a few times before the tournament. He taught me what I needed to know. We went to the tournament not really knowing what to expect. I was weight lifting strong but that was all I knew. It was a decent local event with some real good pullers. One being Bart Wood. I won my first couple matches then I ended up losing a match to a top roller which I didn't even know what that was.