WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - John Houston of West Lafayette spends many of his days in the classroom as a professor of ancient philosophy at Wabash College. When he's not in the classroom he's competing in arm wrestling competitions.
"I thought well maybe I got a little bit of a knack for this, so I've done about 15 competitions since then," Houston said.
On Saturday Houston added national champion to his title. He competed in the super heavyweight division at the United States Arm Wrestling Association National Tournament held in Connecticut. Houston won both the left and right handed competitions.
The national champ said he gets ready for big competitions by working out in his shed using equipment he built himself.
"I do a combination of cables, free weights, leveraging and different band strength training to strengthen the tendons," Houston said.
Houston said he was introduced to the sport about 18 months ago. Now arm wrestling is a family affair and his trophies aren't the only ones in the Houston home.
"My 10-year-old daughter won the Midwest tournament just this year," Houston said.
As for the future the professor and national champion said he hopes to take the next step in arm wrestling.
"Eventually compete on the world stage. I'm still learning every tournament. I take notes. I am very intentional of reflecting of about what it is that I do wrong, what it is that I can do better, what it is I can do to stay safe in this sport," the national champion said.
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