Millenniums ago, men used to be tested on their strength to determine if they will outlast others. The stronger you were, the higher the probability of you outlasting your tribe. Survival of the fittest, literally. This post focusses on testing your strength by giving you some ways to analyze it. But before you do that, we strongly recommend you to visit one of our previous posts where we talk about training gear for wrist exercises. Experiment with some of them before you take these tests.
To begin with, we need to break a myth. Unless you are the mountain in Game of Thrones, you most likely won’t be able to just rip a phonebook in half. We are not saying it can’t be done. If you have the patience to split the process into multiple steps spanning a few days, you can rip it apart with just your grip strength. Wikihow has a step-by-step instruction for you if you are one of those people.
There have been many debates on whether wrist strength measurements suggest anything at all for that matter. While it may not be an indicative measurement for everyone, it does have its advantages. Grip strength, as we have covered in other posts, is an indicator of overall muscular strength and endurance. While strength and endurance are too complex of metrics to measure, grip strength is relatively easy to.In addition, certain professions rely on grip strength, for example climbing, lifting, hoisting ladders etc. A reliable rating of your current level of strength may just prevent avoidable injuries.
The handgrip dynamometer is a standard way to test wrist strength. It is a handheld apparatus, as the name suggests. It provides a real-time digital reading of your strength. It is even used in physical therapy. Camry’s digital dynamometer is a great product to check out. Check out instructions online on how to use this.
These are less prevalent compared to dynamometers. As the name suggests, it is an apparatus designed to measure tension. The cable can be attached to an object which you can pull against. Academic research conducted by Taylor & Francis has indicated the relevance of this instrument to our case.
DIY at home
If you don’t have a dynamometer, you can get a rough estimate of your grip strength using just a pull-up bar and a bathroom scale. The process is quite long though. Check out Wikihow for the full process.