“My Body is an Engine…

You’ve trained hard for years for this moment, and not without sacrifice: You’ve worn out nearly three dozen stress-relief squeeze balls working up your forearm strength; your 200 egg whites-a-day diet has left you with a permanent sulfur smell; and decades of twisting your baseball cap backwards whenever you need to “turn it up” has wreaked havoc on your hairline. It’s been a hard road, but the payoff is finally here. This weekend, you will quite literally throw down the gauntlet. This weekend, you will arm wrestle.

Yes, friend, the 43rd annual American Armsport Association National Championship is coming Friday and Saturday to the Marriott West Palm Beach (101 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach), and it’s your chance to make your mark in the annals of armsport history. The traveling event will gather over 300 of the fiercest competitors from across the country — guys with names like Mad Dog and Smasher and Grizzly, no doubt — to vie for the title of champion. There are three categories: Novice, Open, and Masters — each broken up by weight class and between men’s and women’s — and anyone is welcome to come down and sign up. Weigh ins are held on Friday morning from 9 a.m. to noon and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11:30, with additional opportunities spaced throughout the day. Anyone looking to slam some fists onto mats needs to front $25 to become an AAA member, plus pay an entry fee starting at $25. Spectators are encouraged and it’s free to attend, so even if you aren’t competing, you’ll be able to check out the action firsthand. Find out more at www.armsport.com.
Fri., June 13, 9 a.m.; Sat., June 14, 10:30 a.m., 2008

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John Linn