Name: Dave Chaffee
Nickname: Easy Money
Height: 6’2” / 187.96 cm
Weight: 275 LBS. / 124.85 Kg
Occupation: Maximum Security Corrections Officer
Hometown: Erie, Pennsylvania
Favorite Technique: Toproll
Rivalries: Michael Todd, Dmitry Trubin – Kazhakstan, Andrey Pushkar – Ukraine
EFT (Elbow to Fingertips): 21 inches
The Motto: “Things happen for a reason. Never give up. Be a better person than you were the day before”
2017 – WAL Championships – 2nd Place, Super Heavyweight – Right Hand
2017 – WAL Championships – 2nd Place, Super Heavyweight – Left Hand
2016 – WAL Northern Regionals – 1st Place, Super Heavyweight – Right Hand
2016 – WAL Championships – 2nd Place, Super Heavyweight – Right Hand
2015 – WAL Southern Regionals – 1st Place, Super Heavyweight – Right Hand
2015 – WAL Championships – 1st place, Super Heavyweight – Right Hand
Dave Chaffee Introduction
Dave Chaffee started pulling in 2006 and broke his arm a few years later. Along the way, he battled multiple neck problems and other ailments. However, Chaffee believes that adversity makes a man stronger. When he broke his arm most of his friends thought that he would never arm wrestle again, and he could have easily quit. He distinctly remembers his father saying to him:
I guess you can find a new hobby now. He looked his dad in the eye and said, I will be World Champ someday.
Three years later in 2010, he became the WAF World Champion.
Erie, Pennsylvania corrections officer Chad Chaffee uses a 10-pound sledgehammer and weights duct-taped to the business end of the hammer to use his wrist as a leverage point when he’s lifting. For added stimulation, Chaffee also switches it up by reversing the motion and lifting with his hands behind him instead of in front of him.
The big man thinks outside the box, too. In addition to his own muscle and mind training, he spends time studying the greats of the sport. When not in the weight room or smashing sledgehammers, Chaffee watches lots of videos of top competitors. He studies their movements and incorporates them into his own game plan.
Dave Chaffee is known for his calm and collected demeanor, he lets his pulls speak for themselves. This approach has helped him dominate the sport and remain one of the most successful and respected pullers in the world.