The Hercules Hold is a compelling event in strongman competitions that challenges competitors’ gripping strength and endurance. Contestants stand between two pillars or blocks and hold onto handles connected to weight-loaded apparatuses. The goal is to maintain a tight grip and support the weight for as long as possible, testing both physical and mental resilience. The winner is determined by the athlete who can withstand the increasing load and hold on the longest, showcasing exceptional grip strength and fortitude.
- 1 attempt to achieve the best holding time – without a specified time limit.
- The implements used may vary in design.
- Athletes are free-standing.
- Hands or palms can face downward or inward, depending on the design of the implement.
- Staff members are permitted to hand the implements to the athlete.
- Athletes must hold the implements straight out from the torso. A slight bend in the elbows is allowed, but excessive squatting or forward bending may prompt the judge to stop the event and record the time.
- Implement handles may be required to be held within a specific height or angle. The judge may issue one warning to correct form; subsequent violations will result in the time being stopped.
- The timekeeper may announce the time elapsed every 5 seconds.
- Allowed equipment includes a belt, chalk, knee wraps or sleeves, and wrist wraps.
- No wrist straps of any kind.
- Not permitted in this event is the use of tacky substance for grip assistance.