Many of us are currently stuck at home and unable to go to the gym. This means exactly two things – home workouts and YouTube binges. Here I’ve combined the two to bring you 8 of the silliest, most jaw-dropping feats of raw strength I’ve come across on the ‘tube.
Whether you find them motivating or ego-crushing is up to you.
Bonus – They can be attempted at home, though you need a pull up bar for a few.
Perfect One arm push up
Athlete: Matteo Deuanuis Spinazzola
Everyone and their mother thinks they can do a one arm push up. They usually resemble a spasm – shaky knees, two or three centimetres of motion, an elbow jerking back and forth – you know the routine.
Well, this guy can do the real thing.
His feet are relatively close, his torso remains parallel with the ground through both the descent and ascent, and he goes through the entire range of motion. No momentum, no twisting, no bullshit. A perfect one arm push up, one of the simplest yet most absurd feats of strength you’ll ever see.
one arm Clap push up
Athlete: Lionel (?)
Look, a little twisting is alright if you’re literally banging out a set of 10 consecutive one arm push ups. With claps.
If your initial reaction was concern for this gentleman’s wrists, you’re not alone. Raw power aside, the wrist strength required to absorb the impact forces at play here is incredibly impressive.
Weighted One Arm Pull Up (For 2 Reps)
Athlete: Alex Puccio
Proving without a doubt that jaw-dropping feats of strength are the realm of both women and men, pro-climber Alex Puccio here demonstrates complete mastery over her own bodyweight – and then some.
Consider also that Puccio is demonstrating a one arm pull up, which for most people (though perhaps not climbers) is harder than a one arm chin up. And it’s still not difficult enough for her. Madness.
handstand Clap push up
Athlete: Alexandre Izzi
Handstands are difficult. Both strength and balance are required in spades.
Handstand push ups are on another level. You don’t get to that level without intense, specific, consistent training over a long time frame – and for some, even that’s not enough.
Then there’s this guy.
Imagine being his roommate and walking in on him banging out a set of these. All traces of self-esteem would vacate then and there. Bloody cool to watch, though.
Planche for time (35 seconds)
Athlete: Viktor Kamenov
Okay, you’ll need access to parallel bars to replicate this. And you know, world record level strength.
For those new to the bodyweight fitness world, like myself (another powerlifting refugee without a gym to go to) – the planche is a staple of calisthenics and gymnastics. It’s also a lot harder than it looks. Which is saying something, because it looks pretty hard.
The planche clearly isn’t a problem for Kamenov though, who can quite casually planche away for upwards of half a minute. Silly stuff, really.
One Arm Muscle Up & Handstand Push Up
Athlete: Yury Tikhonovich
Watching this one raises a single question, really:
It’s got everything though: the grainy video quality of the 00’s Youtube era, the almost meditative silence, the confusing all-lowercase video title, and of course the bewilderingly impressive feat of strength which seems to defy known physics.
Circus acrobatics is metal.
Plank For Time (8+ Hours)
Athlete: George Hood
I know what you’re thinking.
“This one’s endurance, not strength!”
I’m including it on the basis of the mental strength involved in this feat of physical endurance.
62 year old George Hood spent over eight hours prone, overcoming the kind of burn that has most of us tapping out in mere minutes, if that. Even overcoming the boredom is impressive in its own. Being in line at the post office is enough to make a mortal’s eyes glaze over.
Then again, maybe planking for hours on end is quite stimulating. I won’t be the one to test it, but if you find yourself with a few hours to kill…
Folding Up A Frying Pan – why not?
Athlete: Eddie Hall
If you’re a chef or avid home cook you might want to look away.
In what must be an all-time breakfast TV highlight, British strongman Eddie Hall here demonstrates both his raw strength and hatred of cooking utensils.
Presumably to achieve such a strength feat one would have to start with things like chopsticks, moving on to cutlery and perhaps serving implements before finally progressing to pots and pans. Whatever Hall’s method was, the result is impressive.