A 'real man's hobby' ... arm wrestling?

These hobbyists say there's a lot more technique to their craft than you might think. And 20 percent of it is mental, one participant says.

WDAY in Fargo peeks inside the world of arm wrestling. In case you are curious, the tournaments are not as glamorous as the 1980s Sylvester Stallone movie "Over the Top" made them seem.

Here's more about arm wrestling in Minnesota, including recent rankings. And here are results from the 2012 Minnesota state championships.

Check out the scene at the 2012 Minnesota state arm wrestling championships:

And if you really want to go there, this was dubbed on YouTube as the "best" scene from "Over The Top":

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