Who can know Alex better than HIM? Marcin Lachowicz, the creator and trainer of one of the most famous Polish clubs, ARMFIGHT Piaseczno? The multimedalist of international championships, starting in amateur and professional armwrestling for over a dozen years. So, a few words on the past and the future of Alex – from Marcin Lachowicz. Enjoy! ()
PeSzy: When you met Alex, did you know that he would succeed in armwrestling so much? At least as much as he's achieved by now? How long have you two known each other?
Marcin Lachowicz: We have known each other for over 7 years. I organized the Olympic Picnic in 2014. Alex came up to me back then and asked if we could fight by the table. He was pretty surprised that he couldn't do much. He asked if I could train him and that's how friendship began, with our love for armwrestling as the base. I knew that with this potential and hard work he can achieve a lot in our sport and his limits are only in his head, not in his muscles.
What were his biggest strengths back then? Alex had huge potential from the very beginning. He had great genetics combined with general physical strength and strong grip. Moreover, he's an incredibly intelligent guy, and this is surprisingly very important in the sport. I was supposed to talk about his biggest strengths so it's not in order to mention that he wasn't a workaholic at the beginning of our collaboration, right?
My trainer work with Alex is a very broad subject: When he was in a good mood, he did almost all of the exercises that we set, but on worse days... Only the ones that he liked and that didn't cause pain. But with time he came to realize that armwrestling is a very cross-sectional sport and the top athletes have to have a whole variety of techniques, which in result makes them all-rounded and prepared for every path a duel could possibly take. That's why for some time I haven't had to force him to do the more painful exercises.
PeSzy: I think that Alex's improvement as a competitor slowed down when he took up american football. Do you share my opinion?
Marcin Lachowicz: I don't think it's the case because Alex only started taking our sport seriously quite recently. For a long time he went to competitions after competitions with no practice. I tried to implant the golden rule in him: „If you're not prepared, watch the duels from the seats”... It often happened that he lost stupidly with competitors he shouldn't have lost with under no circumstance, which as a result wavered the position that he managed to build.