The hercules hold requires the strongman to hold up two giant pillars of 160kg each 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.
The official record for the Hercules Hold was set at the Giants Live Wembley in 2019 and is in the name of Mark Felix with a stunning 83.62 seconds.