It's not common for debutants to become World Champions. Especially if one only started training a while ago. The fifth place is also a great achievement. Krzysztof is not stopping there! His goal is gold, and as soon as next year! Meet a smith's grandson who has strength running in his genes! Enjoy! ()
PeSzy: Krzysztof, when and how did you find armwrestling?
Krzysztof Jastrzębski: It started naturally, ever since I was a child, at home. My great-grandfather had a forge in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Grandpa and Dad were professional drivers. I have arm strength flowing in my veins.
The crucial point?
I saw Wojewoda vs Brzenk in Warsaw (Nemiroff World Cup) on TV and Wojewoda made a great impression on me. At the time he was the essence of this sport. I wanted to fight him.
PeSzy: I saw this fight live, I also know how much effort it took for the organizers to put it on TV. As you can see – it was worth it. Armwrestling gained a new athlete in you, though a while later.
Krzysztof Jastrzębski: That's right, it was indeed a while later. It kept haunting me for a long time but supporting a six-person family in Poland is not easy. In the end, there was no time for training until one day I reached my limits. I was exhausted, my left shoulder was dislocated, my right elbow hurt like hell (I was finishing the construction of another detached house). I'd used up all of my physical energy.
That's when I decided it was the right time to start training armwrestling, I called Krzysiek Siwek – the boss of a club in Wroclaw – and I came for a training. That's where I met Pawel Grabas who looked like Harry Potter at the time and weighed, let's say, about 60 kg but still managed to beat me, like, 20 times. After the training I could barely get into the car but there was no way I could switch gears. My arms went limp and all my strength was left at the table. It's a great memory.
PeSzy: How did you prepare for Dieppe?
Krzysztof: I prepared for the World Championships for 3 months in Austria. First of all, it was about maintaining my weight from the European Championships. I usually weigh around 120-123 kg. At the World Championships I weighed 101.9 kg, fitting me into under 105 kg – all thanks to 10 months of dr Kwasniewski's diet (keto). When it comes to training at 5:30 in the morning, it's Ireneusz Mlodzinski's idea. I met him in Austria and he motivated me to train together everyday, at 5:30 when the testosterone levels are the highest in the body. In my case, and I'm already 50, the results are phenomenal – but I think they come from the diet, too. I definitely recommend.
I live and work in Austria – I even had the chance to spar with some guys from the Armwrestling LINZ club – on MAZURENKO tables. But, as usual with Austrians, they protect their secret training techniques with jealousy.
PeSzy: What do your trainings look like?
Krzysztof: I try to train everyday except Sundays because I travel a lot and there are periods when I don't go to the gym for weeks.