America is losing its grip strength!


Original Post
Climb Germany · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2015 · Points: 2,485

Found via reddit.

May sound like a post from our favorite crusher Aleks but this article claims, that our current generation is one of weaklings!....at least as far as grip is concerned.

Link to article

Raising the American Weakling
There are two very different interpretations of our dwindling grip strength.

When she was a practicing occupational therapist, Elizabeth Fain started noticing something odd in her clinic: Her patients were weak. More specifically, their grip strengths, recorded via a hand-held dynamometer, were “not anywhere close to the norms” that had been established back in the 1980s.

Fain knew that physical activity levels and hand-use patterns had changed a lot since then. Jobs had become increasingly automated, the professional and service sectors had grown, all sorts of measures of physical activity (like the likelihood that a child walks to school1) had declined, and the personal computer age had dawned. But to see the numbers decline so steeply and quickly was still a surprise, and not just to her.

rgold · · Poughkeepsie, NY · Joined Feb 2008 · Points: 40

Make America Grip Again!

Guy Keesee · · Moorpark, CA · Joined Mar 2008 · Points: 105

Go and watch "Woodstock" the original one.... almost zero fat people.

go to the Mall today... almost zero fit people.

I wonder why???

Mark Dalen · · Albuquerque, NM · Joined Dec 2011 · Points: 840

^^ because i's & a's swapped places ... ?

Nick Drake · · Newcastle, WA · Joined Jan 2015 · Points: 438
Guy Keesee wrote:Go and watch "Woodstock" the original one.... almost zero fat people. go to the Mall today... almost zero fit people. I wonder why???
Because hippies don't go to the mall? ;)
Guy Keesee · · Moorpark, CA · Joined Mar 2008 · Points: 105
Nick Drake wrote: Because hippies don't go to the mall? ;)
no... silly. It's because a diet loaded with Tang and Hotdogs matched up with a pack a day habit plus a long uphill walk, both ways, in the snow, to get to school.... makes one fit.

maybe they could fix this by making the buttons on game controllers a lot harder to push.
Fernando Cal · · Long Beach, CA · Joined Dec 2015 · Points: 0
Guy Keesee wrote: ...maybe they could fix this by making the buttons on game controllers a lot harder to push.
quite the opposite, gamers want faster, almost immediate response times to shoot their little online characters. Harder buttons would be like going back to having to blow in your video game cartridges to make them work.
s.price · · PS,CO · Joined Dec 2010 · Points: 1,038

Just another example of how America has lost its grip.

Nolan Huther · · Clarkson University · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 567
s.price wrote:Just another example of how America has lost its grip.
This +1
BigFeet · · Texas · Joined May 2014 · Points: 0
s.price wrote:Just another example of how America has lost its grip.
Yeah, not all of America - just those who have yet to grow up and take responsibility for their own actions.
BBQ · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2009 · Points: 11,198

I blame this on the computers. People used to do things like cut wood with an ax. Not so much anymore. This would create grip strength. However, you would think that gripping a video game controller, gripping a cell phone, or gripping your joystick during sessions of online porn would make up for this loss of manual labor.

Mark E Dixon · · Sprezzatura, Someday · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 234

Grip strength measured via a hand dynamometer is NOT correlated with climbing ability.

So what does it matter if that kind of grip strength is decreasing?
Assuming it is even true...

Aleks Zebastian · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 0

climbing friend,

I am squeeze on your face! I show you how strong it is my grip!

BBQ · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2009 · Points: 11,198
Guy Keesee wrote:Go and watch "Woodstock" the original one.... almost zero fat people. go to the Mall today... almost zero fit people. I wonder why???
I am pretty sure Mama Cass was there.
Vince Contreras · · da UP, eh? · Joined Nov 2011 · Points: 0

Part of the reason I liked doing Forestry work was the conditioning I received from squeezing the trigger on a marking gun thousands of times a day. About two years ago the majority of techs switched to air-compressor-filled pressurized tank systems.

Now the bosses don't even order marking guns anymore on account of the associated carpal-tunnel complaints. At least I came away with stronger tendons while I could!

Tradgic Yogurt · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2016 · Points: 55
Aleks Zebastian wrote:climbing friend, I am squeeze on your face! I show you how strong it is my grip!
Aleks, you don't count, you're not from here ;)
Dana Bartlett · · CT · Joined Nov 2003 · Points: 890

John Brookfield has a pretty strong grip.

Nivel Egres · · New York, NY · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 50

American males are not wanking enough to develop the crushing grip strength :)

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

Post a Reply

Log In to Reply