John Brzenk (born July 15, 1964) is a professional armwrestler from the United States. He competes in the Ultimate Armwrestling League, among other competitions, and is the current UAL Right-Handed Champion (Heavyweight Division).
Life and Career
John Brzenk's father was an arm wrestler and John says he gained some of his forearm size through genetics. He arm wrestled across tables in school for about five years. When he was in eighth grade, he broke his arm while armwrestling a friend of his father. When he was 16 years old he participated in his first tournament.
John Brzenk won his first world title on ABC's 1983 Wide World of Sports when he was 18 years old. His right forearm is 16 inches in circumference, and his left is 13.5 inches. He works as a mechanic at Delta Air Lines, a job he describes as non-physical so his arms get plenty of rest.
Brzenk won four world championships in the heavyweight division through 1994, and gained the nickname of "Superman" for defeating much larger opponents. In 1995, he won the middleweight world championship. He had an uncredited cameo in the 1987 Sylvester Stallone film Over the Top. The 2009 feature documentary Pulling John chronicles Brzenk's legendary armwrestling career and follows him intimately for 4 years during which he competes all over the world, culminating in an upset loss to Alexey Voyevoda.