Jeremy "The Hammer" Hammett watches his fellow armwrestling teammates practice "pulling" in their training facility, Epic Fitness Solutions, located in East Springfield.
The Willamette Valley High Rollers meet on Wednesday evenings to train, strategize, and plan for upcoming competitions.
Epic Fitness Solutions, a strength sport training center, is owned by WVHR teammate Will Dinwiddie (center, wearing green and black shorts.)
Since moving into the building in July 2014, Will has held several competitions to grow the armwrestling community and bring in new team members.
WVHR teammates practice in the gym's loft, which houses three armwrestling tables.
Specifically designed for armwrestling, the leather-topped tables are 40 inches tall and have two elbow pads and two touch pads, each made of high-density foam. Two 6-inch pegs serve as grips for stability.
Will Dinwiddie and Michelle Price face off in the loft in preparation for the upcoming US Open Armwrestling Championship in Lincoln City, OR.
Isaac Saeidi, a longtime armwrestler who moved to Eugene from Louisiana last August, chalks up in preparation for the table.
Will Dinwiddie, Isaac Saeidi, and Mike Barrett discuss strategy and signature moves.
One of the best things about Oregon's armwrestling scene, according to Isaac, is how friendly and welcoming it is. "I feel the brotherhood feeling of armwrestling that's been described so much here in Eugene more than I've ever felt in Louisiana," he says.
Will Dinwiddie uses his body as leverage to put more power into his "top-roll" move at the US Open in Lincoln City.
This technique is when the participant wraps their hand around the top part of their opponent's hand and tries to peel the fingers back and away from the body.
Brandon Carrillo, a recent addition to the team, competes at the US Open in Lincoln City.
He and his brother, Bert, come from a family of armwrestlers and pull in memory of their father, a longtime state champion who passed away about 14 years ago.
Mike Limoges faces off at the US Open in Lincoln City, his first event to enter into the Pro division.
"It was a learning experience," he says. "A whole different ball game. I learned that I've gotta work a lot more on my technique and power."
Mike Limoges and Mike Barrett adjust their hand positions at a Wednesday practice at WJ Skatepark.
When the weather is good, the team sometimes meet at the skatepark under the I-105 bridge or at Alton Baker Park.
Hand positioning is an important part of armwrestling.
Though there are three basic moves: top-roll, hook, and press, competitors use various combinations and hybrids, often switching between moves in a single match.
Isaac Saeidi and Will Dinwiddie duke it out as fellow teammates watch.
Mike Limoges and Isaac Saeidi share a laugh with teammate Bert Carrillo (center.)
Loki, Isaac Saeidi's year-old German Shepherd, stands next to the team bucket of chalk at WJ Skatepark.