General

It is assumed that a person’s hand grip strength says something about the body’s general strength. The hand grip strength test is an easy test to measure how strong the body is.

Content

The test consists of the following parts:

  • Test right and left three times each

Procedure

Set the hand grip dynamometer. The base of the dynamometer should rest against the first metacarpal bones. Now grip the hand grip dynamometer. The handle should now be on the center of your four fingers.

Now squeeze the dynamometer as hard as possible for approximately five seconds. Read the number and repeat the test three times. Write down the highest score and compare it with the table below. Try not to move the rest of your body while squeezing. For a good result it is important that you only move your hand during the test.

It is also important that testing always takes place under the same circumstances and in the same way. You will get varying results if your arm is bend or straightened when squeezing. So make sure that the circumstances are always the same.

Steps

  1. Set the hand grip dynamometer. The base of the dynamometer should rest against your first metacarpal bones;
  2. Grip the hand grip dynamometer tightly. The handle should now be on the center of your four fingers;
  3. Squeeze the dynamometer as hard as possible for approximately five seconds;
  4. Read the number and repeat this test three times;
  5. Write down the highest score and compare this with the table below;
  6. For a good result it is important that you only move your hand during the test;
  7. Make sure that the circumstances are always the same.

Results

Men

Number of kilograms Meaning
> 64 kg Excellent
56 – 64 kg Very good
52 – 55 kg Above average
48 – 51 kg Average
44 – 47 kg Below average
40 – 43 kg Poor
<40 kg Very poor

Women

Number of kilograms Meaning
> 38 kg Excellent
34 – 38 kg Very good
30 – 33 kg Above average
26 – 29 kg Average
23 – 25 kg Below average
20 – 22 kg Poor
< 20 kg Very poor

Required equipment

For this test you need the following:

  • Hand grip dynamometer

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