# Grip Strength Calculator

Understand your hand grip strength in the context of scientific surveys studying the strength of large numbers of both men and women throughout the human lifespan.

### Demographic grip strength calculator

Units

Select Gender or Average of Both Genders

• kg
• kg
cm

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percentile

### Strength

Both Hands
Avg. One Hand
Left-Right Strength Distribution
Right Hand is 0% Stronger

Gender: Avg. of both
Age: 17-90 yrs
Height: 150-190+ cm
Average One Hand Grip and Std. dev. in Peer Group

## Grip Measurement Instructions

Hand grip strength is measured with a device called a hand grip dynamometer. Most dynamometers are fairly accurate and produce similar measurements.

To use the calculator, perform the grip strength measurement:

• standing,
• upper arm next to torso,
• elbow at a right angle,
• squeezing as hard as possible for 3-5 seconds,
• record the maximum value for both left and right hand.

These instructions are similar to the instruction in the main research study used by the calculator. It can be helpful to retry measuring your max after a 1 min break, especially if you are not used to regularly using the grip dynamometer. Based on other studies we see that performing the measurement with the elbow extended (not at right angle) is likely to produce a somewhat higher maximum grip strength (~2% more).1

## Study and Data Source

The calculator is based on the SOEP survey and a 2016 study2 based on its data. Data is from five waves of the German Socio-Economic Panel (2006–2014). It involved a total of 11,790 persons living in Germany (providing 25,285 observations).

## References

1. Kolimechkov, Stefan & Castro-Piñero, José & Petrov, Lubomir & Alexandrova, Albena. (2020). The effect of elbow position on the handgrip strength test in children: validity and reliability of TKK 5101 and DynX dynamometers. Pedagogy of Physical Culture and Sports. 24. 240-247. 10.15561/26649837.2020.0504.

2. Steiber N (2016) Strong or Weak Handgrip? Normative Reference Values for the German Population across the Life Course Stratified by Sex, Age, and Body Height. PLoS ONE 11(10): e0163917. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0163917

## Get the GripMeter App

Do you have a grip strength (dynamo)meter?
This is the app for you.