MEN are WEAKER today than they were 30 years ago ! 🏋💪
This finding, via the Journal of Hand Therapy, comes from a study where the GRIP and PINCH strength of 237 millennials (aka Generation Y aka born between early ‘80s and late 90s/early 2000s) were analyzed.
The AVERAGE grip strength for men aged 25-29 is almost 12 kg (26 lbs) LOWER today than it was in 1985.
This isn’t totally surprising though. I mean, the number of men employed in manual labor jobs has been SIGNIFICANTLY reduced over the past 30 years.
Millennials have the strongest relationship to technology and are thus more likely to be sitting while working, typing on a computer, using phones, etc.
HECK I wouldn’t be able to create this post otherwise! Balance is KEY.
Back then guys would work every day of the week at some repetitive task (e.g. manufacturing, agriculture) using heavy equipment. It makes sense that their grip strength would be greater than age-matched men of today.
Why does grip strength MATTER though?! Besides the fact that you may have a “dead-fish” handshake. 🐟🐠
Grip strength serves as a good proxy of one’s OVERALL strength.
A 2011 study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that one’s strength in push-ups, leg press, and leg extension are ALL predictable by looking at the individual’s grip strength.
A variety of SERIOUS health conditions are linked to LOWER grip strength. Arthritis, heart disease, stroke, and neurological conditions, just to name a few, which happen to be the major killers in North America.
So then would it be fair to say that today’s men are also UNHEALTHIER than the 1985 men? I would think so. Just look around.
HOW TO build up greater grip strength? Everyone loves a player with “GOOD HANDS”.
Chin-ups and pull-ups (using a variety of grips), kettle bell swings, one-arm hangs, wrist curls, or just lift + walk with heavy objects!
JRNL HAND THERAPY – 2016 JAN
JRNL STRENGTH & CONDITIONING RSRCH – 2011 MAR