There aren’t many women in Polish armwrestling, same as in the world. That’s why we should write about them more. Look for examples, show how they got into the sport and how their careers are evolving. We’ve recently met Paulina. The way she talks about herself, she’s still a beginner but… ()
But it looks like a great beginning. Read about how her career started – Paweł Gawenda’s interview with Paulina Janoszek.
armpower.net: A classic first – how did you stumble upon armwrestling?
Paulina: I’ve only been training for less than a year. My story started with my visit to the Cracow Championships 2022.
armpower.net: So it’s all thanks to Darek Groch!
Paulina: I still wasn’t competing back then, I was only helping with filming the competition. My boyfriend convinced me to try myself with one of the female athletes at a table on the side and it turned out I have a lot of strength despite being inexperienced. It really motivated me to train armwrestling and the competition allowed me to find some interest in the sport itself and understand it a little. I started training quite consistently in April with the help of Slava (my boyfriend) and Bohdana Blyzniuk’s motivation. She was the one that I wrestled with for the first time.
Armwrestling is not the first sport that I fell in love with. As a teenager, I was very into fitness and jogging, when I was 16 I started weight training and people kept nagging me to try powerlifting but I never did. When I was 18, I got into calisthenics and devoted my time to it completely. I still think it’s very underrated and it builds strength incredibly well. I got back to weight training at the beginning of last year – I love bench press!
In March, I stumbled upon armwrestling and a little later I also started attending boxing classes. These days I train not only armwrestling but also calisthenics and martial arts, and I do weight training, too. Sometimes it’s a little too much and I can’t find the time and strength for everything but I’m trying to combine it all logically. Armwrestling is now my top priority, though.
armpower.net: Tell us, how often a week do you train armwrestling? Maybe you can brag about some weight records?
Paulina: I currently train twice a week but they’re long and exhausting sessions. Sometimes my third training of the week is sparring with others but I have to admit there aren’t many armwrestling women in Wrocław so I mostly fight with guys. There’s a possibility that my armwrestling trainings will become more important to me than other disciplines in the future so I will have more trainings every week.
armpower.net: That’s really impressive! You’ll probably break a hundred soon.
Paulina: When it comes to armwrestling, last month I had the pleasure to be the guest in SNA – Sprawdzenie Na Armwrestlera – where my strength results were checked through armwrestling exercises.