NICKNAME: Easy Money
WEIGHT: 272 LBS.
LEVER LENGTH (ELBOW TO FINGERTIP): 21”
HOMETOWN: Erie, Pennsylvania
FAVORITE ARM-WRESTLING TECHNIQUE: The hook, because "it's pure power. Although I like to toproll as well, as it involves a lot of wrist and hand strength."
RIVALRIES: Travis Bagent. Chaffee lost his first six matches to him, including one in June of 2013. In 2014, Chaffee beat him 23 consecutive times, right-handed at the GOA finale and WAL Columbus. His other rival is Denis Cyplenkov from Russia. Chaffee beat him at Nemiroff Cup in Warsaw, Poland in November of 2013, breaking his winning streak of over two years.
YEARS COMPETING IN THE SPORT: Chaffee started in November of 2006. He broke his arm in his second tournament in February of 2007, and has been on a mission to become the best in the world ever since.
WAL TITLES: WAL 2014 Right-hand Champion; WAL 2015 Northern Region: 1st Place Right-hand; WAL 2015 Championships: Right-hand Champion
EMPLOYMENT: A Corrections Officer at the Erie County Prison in the maximum security pod
HOBBIES: Texas Hold’em Poker, buying and selling baseball cards and eating pizza and cheeseburgers
FAVORITE TRAINING TECHNIQUE: Chaffee strengthens his wrist with a 10 lb sledgehammer that has 30 lbs of weights duct taped to the end. He does forward raises and wrist kickbacks with it.
INTERESTING FACT OR EXPERIENCE THAT HELPED SHAPE LIFE: Chaffee believes that adversity makes a man stronger. When he broke his arm in 2007, most of his friends thought that he would never arm-wrestle again. He could have easily quit. He vividly remembers his dad 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.” He became the WAF world champ in 2010.
MOTTO: "Things happen for a reason. Never give up. Be a better person than you were the day before."