My first question to Marcin Lachowicz after returning from the International Polish Cup in Jastrzębia Góra was exactly that! Enjoy! ()
Did I want a “wipe-out”? It was tempting...
My first question to Marcin Lachowicz after returning from the International Polish Cup in Jastrzębia Góra was exactly that! Enjoy!
You can read this in 4 minutes. It's worth it!
PeSzy: Mr Trainer, Mr President, Mr Attorney, please, tell us – did you want to just go to the table and wipe everyone out yourself?
Marcin Lachowicz (whom you all know already, I hope):
My heart and my brain were very conflicted. (smile) Do I miss the adrenaline and emotions from the table? Of course! I have always been a fighter and I will never stop being the wolf of this sport. Especially since I'm so attached to it and have been for 20 years. Did I want to fight, actually?
PeSzy: That's right, that's right. Tell us!
Marcin: I guess I could have gone quite far. When I go to the gym once a month, I check my athletes' strength and they're not bad! But when it comes to my brain... I've been fighting a serious injury for a long time. It's been keeping me from training for years and the preparation period is always a time of sleepless nights etc... That's why I decided that until I get a very complicated surgery that is, unfortunately, a little risky, I will not start in any serious tournaments.
PeSzy: Let's move to a different topic. Of course, you remember your Vendetta with Kamil. Did you expect that watching the duel might become an inspiration for younger athletes? I'm talking about Wojtek Jabłecki, of course, and the recent article on armpower.net
Marcin: My duel with Kamil was a perfect advertisement of our sport. The preceding months were a truly explosive mixture that offered the spectators many emotions and funny content. But, above anything else, it definitely brought the armwrestling community in motion!
I definitely think that the media coverage might have brought some new people to our sport. Therefore, we should only be happy. When it comes to Wojtek, we started collaborating much later.
PeSzy: I know; still, it's good to point out that this situation is quite unusual. It's common for trainers to “fetch” athletes – this time, it was the competitor who found his coach.
Marcin: Actually, we have started working together seriously since a year ago. And was it this duel that made him trust me as a coach? That's not a question I can answer.
PeSzy: How do you see Wojtek's future career? He's incredibly well-built. What can you do with his size to use it well?
Our collaboration is very unique. I actually saw him in person for the first time this weekend, however, we are in regular contact and I'm a part of almost all his trainings. He records his exercises and I try to correct the mistakes in his personalised training plan and optimise the conditions he naturally has.