The professional sport of Arm Wrestling, much like other sports, has essentially been shut down since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this, the sport’s popularity is growing at a faster rate than ever before – and it’s all thanks to some big-name YouTubers who have a true passion for the sport.
Larry Wheels and Dubai
Right now there is no one skyrocketing the popularity of arm wrestling more than Larry Wheels. If you’re not familiar with Larry Wheels, he is a a professional bodybuilder with a YouTube channel that has over 1.5 million subscribers. Larry has paved his path to success by constantly striving to not only achieve lifting PR’s (Personal Records), but also break world record lifts.
Recently, Larry Wheels has taken a personal interest in the sport of arm wrestling. He is training seriously to become a competitive arm wrestler and has even started his own arm wrestling club in Dubai, where he currently lives and trains. During the pandemic, Larry has been inviting some of the world’s top arm wrestling talent to Dubai to train and create videos. The monumental success of these videos has cemented Dubai as the current Mecca of arm wrestling content. Arm Wrestlers such as Monster Michael Todd, Devon Larratt, and Levan Saginashvili have already visited Dubai to train with Larry. Californian arm wrestler, Derek Smith, is currently training with Larry in Dubai and next week Vitaly Laletin, Genadi Kvikvinia, and Ermes Gasparini will be showing up for a week of training.
Juji & Tom
Jujimufu (Jon Call) and Tom Boyden run a fitness-based YouTube channel with 1.28 million subscribers. While their channel offers a variety of different content, some of their most popular videos involve bringing on notable figures from various strength sports/disciplines to try fitness challenges or just go over some of the fundamentals of the discipline. These types of videos are not only fun to watch, but do a great job of bringing attention and exposure to lesser-known sports, like arm wrestling.
Devon Larratt is probably the most popular arm wrestler on the planet right now. His YouTube channel currently has 345K subscribers. His videos range from arm wrestling specific training tips, interviews with other professional arm wrestlers, and vlog-style videos where he discusses the sport. Devon is a big advocate for the sport and his genuine enthusiasm for arm wrestling shines through in the raw, unedited videos.
Devon has been competing at a high level in the sport of arm wrestling for over two decades. Notable achievements include winning WAL Championships in both the Right-Arm Heavyweight and Left-Arm Heavyweight categories in 2016 and 2017.
Professional Arm Wrestlers on YouTube
Having closely followed the growth of the sport online since early 2020, it is my opinion that Devon’s success on YouTube has been the inspiration for many other professional arm wrestlers to either start YouTube channels or ramp up the content on their already-existing channels. I’ll provide a list of the channels I am aware of below. If you find yourself interested in arm wrestling, I highly recommend checking all these channels out because there is a mountain of arm wrestling knowledge to be gained from these people:
- Michael Todd
- Ryan “Blue” Bowen
- Rob Vigeant Jr. (RVJ)
- Marcio Barboza
- Levan Saginashvili
- Derek Smith
- Travis Bagent
The Future of Arm Wrestling
Arm Wrestling’s future is looking bright considering its current popularity on YouTube. Although competition is still largely on hold due to the pandemic, this burst of growth could be the best thing to ever happen to the sport. If you have any interest in learning about Arm Wrestling, there’s never been a better time than now.