These Bodybuilders Took on the World’s Toughest Pushup Variations

Philip Ellis
·2-min read
Photo credit: Buff Dudes - YouTube
Photo credit: Buff Dudes - YouTube

From Men's Health

In their latest video, YouTube's bodybuilding brothers Brandon and Hudson White, a.k.a. the Buff Dudes, take on some of the toughest pushup variations out there. They do 20 different versions of the bodyweight move in all, breaking the challenge down into four ability levels, meaning anyone at home can try the variations they feel they'd be able to attempt safely.

For the Beginner level, Brandon and Hudson do knee pushups, standard pushups, hand release pushups, diamond pushups (which we don't recommend), mechanical pushups, praying mantis pushups, and pike pushups.

They then move onto Hard mode: single leg pushups, power pushups , in-and-out pushups, Spiderman pushups, dive bomber pushups, shoulder tap pushups, and tuck pushups. While the vertical motion of the beginner level is fairly simple, the second tier of pushups is more dynamic and presents some mechanical challenges, especially if you're carrying a lot of weight in the form of muscle, as Brandon and Hudson both are.

"There were some parts there that were getting a little creaky," says Brandon. "I mean, once you start moving in different ways and different angles, you start feeling different areas, and especially when you start introducing that ballistic and plyo kind of sense, your wrists start hurting, so Hard mode definitely lives up to its name."

The third level is Expert, comprising up and down pushups, typewriter pushups, floorsweeper pushups, finger pushups, single-arm pushups, and inch worm pushups. "I think the hardest one for me was the one-arm," says Brandon. "Those are tough."

"We're just starting to get a little bit fatigued," says Hudson. "Your body's wearing down, but the exercises are also getting harder."

The fourth and final round is the Buff Dude round, consisting of the most physically intense, explosive, frankly ridiculous moves which put their mobility, flexibility and total-body strength to the test. These include clapping pushups, clapping jack pushups (also called flying clap pushups), King Kong pushups, Jack LaLannes, behind-the-back clapping pushups, Superman pushups, Jackie Chans, barrel roll pushups, handstand pushups against a wall, and finally, unassisted handstand pushups from the floor.

"It was a lot of fun doing these, but I don't feel like I would probably do these on a regular basis," says Brandon.

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