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A New Study Finds That Men Are Weaker Today Than They Were 30 Years Ago


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Think you’d beat your dad in an arm wrestling competition when he was your age? Bad news: He’d probably kick your ass.

Men today are weaker than they were 30 years ago, research in the Journal of Hand Therapy found.

In the study, men ages 20 to 34 have lower grip and pinch strength—which measures how strong your hand and upper extremities are—than the same aged guys did three decades ago.

In fact, the average grip strength for men ages 25 to 29 is nearly 26 pounds lower today than it was before.

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Your grip may not seem super important unless you’re a competitive arm wrestler, but it actually serves as a good proxy of your overall strength.

In fact, a 2011 study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that grip strength was predictive of strength in pushups, leg extensions, and leg press.

What’s more, research in previous generations has linked lower grip strength to a variety of serious health problems including arthritis, heart disease, stroke, and neurological conditions, says Fain.

It’s not clear whether grip strength actually …read more    |      2015