Study finds ‘modern man’ is weaker than previous generations 

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 aged 20-34 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 25-29 is nearly 12 kilograms lower today than it was before.

 

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 push-ups, leg extensions and leg press.

Read more: A New Study Finds That Men Are Weaker Today Than They Were 30 Years Ago – Men’s Health