How strong are you?

@ElicBxn (60427)
United States
February 9, 2017 11:08am CST
I was reading this interesting article... I also remember back in the late 1980's or early 1990's something at work. We would have "health fairs" at work sometimes. My co-workers came up raving about this one test. It was a grip test. They all - well, all 4 of them, small unit, were in the top 10% of the population of the grip test. Maybe even in the top 4%. That was a long time ago. "You have to go take this test," they told me. "I won't do well," I told them. But to end their nagging, I went down and took the test. The young man asked if I were squeezing as hard as I could. I told him I was. Then I went back upstairs and told them that I was in the bottom 4%. After work, I went to my mom's and told her about it. She agreed, she said she didn't have a very strong grip either. I knew that I didn't have a good grip back when I rode because I was always getting the reins yanked out of my fingers. I got around it by being very fast. I'm still pretty fast - not running type fast, but fast with my hands. I also have pretty fast reactions. So, I jokingly tell people that "I lost my grip years ago," and let them wonder...
When she was a practicing occupational therapist, Elizabeth Fain started noticing something odd in her clinic: Her patients were weak.…
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@1hopefulman (22533)
• Canada
9 Feb 17
I can put my hands on the side of the chair and lift my body up but I can't do one single pull up from a monkey bar. There may be different muscles in my arms and some are stronger than others.
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@ElicBxn (60427)
• United States
10 Feb 17
this isn't arm strength, but grip of the hand - strength... however the muscles used to lift the body from over head are different than those you would use to lift from beside you
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@1hopefulman (22533)
• Canada
10 Feb 17
@ElicBxn I used to have these hand strengtheners in my car and used them as I was waiting for the light to change. Is this good for the grip?
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@1hopefulman (22533)
• Canada
10 Feb 17
@ElicBxn Now that scares me!
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@MALUSE (34516)
• Denmark
9 Feb 17
I'd like to have my strength tested. Where can I do it?
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@ElicBxn (60427)
• United States
10 Feb 17
the article mentioned something about Occupational Therapists having this device, no idea where to find one in Germany... here OT work on the upper body and PT on the lower body, but we discovered that there are "hand" specialists too
@MALUSE (34516)
• Denmark
10 Feb 17
@ElicBxn Thank you.
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• Philippines
9 Feb 17
Lol! That was fun. I am not as strong as everybody but with my adrenaline rush due to something I can do everything faster and carry heavy things lol. My officemate our laughing at me when I do.
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@ElicBxn (60427)
• United States
10 Feb 17
its been a while since I've had an adrenaline rush, not sure what would cause me to have one these days - and hope to not find out...
• United States
9 Feb 17
If a standardized test can actually make a person feel worse about themselves, why take it ? If your grip is strong enough to manage holding things without dropping them, you are okay so don't let a standard define you
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@ElicBxn (60427)
• United States
10 Feb 17
I knew I wasn't going to do well on it, I told them before they badgered me to go down and really didn't quite believe me when I came back... It didn't make me feel bad, because I knew I wasn't going to do well to start with. And its true, so long as I can hold a knife and fork, I'm good, right?
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• United States
10 Feb 17
@ElicBxn well I suppose if you have the basic physical activities mastered who needs to go further than that if your satisfied, right ?
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@ElicBxn (60427)
• United States
10 Feb 17
@enlightenedpsych2 there is some thought, at least in the article, that some of hand strength is inherited and since my mother had poor hand strength too...
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@snowy22315 (38100)
• United States
10 Feb 17
I don't know about my grip, but I think I am fairly strong overall.
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@ElicBxn (60427)
• United States
10 Feb 17
probably stronger than mine, I'm nothing if not worse than I was then...
@Corbin5 (88955)
• United States
9 Feb 17
I am not sure how strong I am, but definitely not as strong as in my younger days.
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@ElicBxn (60427)
• United States
10 Feb 17
I totally hear that, just hope I can continue doing what I need to do for years to come
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