The hercules hold requires the strongman to hold up two giant pillars of weight for as long as possible – a true test of determination. It is often the athlete that can best overcome the mental torment of being pulled apart by two massive weights that prevails, rather than the man with the superior grip or strength.
The two pillars (or weights in less extravagent setups) are attached to chains which in turn have handles for the athlete to grip. The strongman stands in the middle, takes hold of a handle in each arm before the the pillars are released – pulling the strongman in opposite directions. The man who can hold onto the pillars the longest is declared the winner.
There aren’t any official records for the hercules hold but, if we were to put our necks on the line, we’d say strongman and grip king Mark Felix is the best holder of them all.