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10 Hardest Pushups In The World

by Todd Kuslikis on October 03, 2011

hardest pushups 150x150 10 Hardest Pushups In The WorldPushups are one of the most relied upon exercises to build strength in the upper chest region. Though if you have been diligent with your pushup routine for any length of time, you start to notice that the standard pushup loses it’s difficulty. Luckily, we have different ways of doing pushups that make them much harder. The human body is amazing in how it can perform some incredible feats of strength.

Hardest Pushups Ever!

Below you will find ten of the hardest pushups in the the world. Some are based on the normal pushup but using plyometric movements. Others rely upon balance and coordination. And still others will make you cringe in pain because all the pressure is on one or two fingers.

*Bonus Article: I am a huge proponent of compound movements. That’s why I love Pushups so much because they strengthen the entire body. I found a great article that clearly lays out the basics as to age-old argument of Body Part Isolation vs. Complex Movements in Strength Training, I highly recommend checking it out.

Hardest Pushups In The World: Top 10

10. Walking Jump Pushups

This is a sweet video of two guys doing some of the hardest pushups across the floor. The walking jump pushup incorporates both plyometric and strength.

9. Muy Thai Pushup

The Muy Thai Pushup uses tremendous explosive strength in order to stay in the air long enough to clap your hands behind the back. It almost looks like he is levitating briefly at the peak point. A list showing the hardest pushups wouldn’t be complete with out Muy Thai Pushups.


8. Triple Clap Pushups

Triple Clap Pushups are even more difficult than Muy Thai because you have to stay in the air long enough to clap three times.


7. 2 Fingers Pushup

The 2 Fingers Pushups was made popular by Bruce Lee. It takes tremendous strength in your fingers as well as your pec muscles.


6. 2 Fingers Handstand Pushups

This push is extremely difficult. I cringe every time I watch this video. This guy has to be insane.


5. Superman Pushup

The Superman Pushup is intense. It takes strength not only in the chest but also in your abs and back muscles to lift your body off the ground while your arms are fully extended.


4. Flying Superman Pushups

I love this one. It is crazy to watch this guy do this intense pushup. I am definitely working up toward this one.


3. Planche Pushup

The Planche Pushup takes great strength in the shoulder region to do. You can work your way up this hard pushup by doing the normal pushup but bringing your body up further. This will put more emphasis on your shoulders.


2. 90 Degree Pushups

The 90 Degree Pushup is a gymnastic pushup and is intense. It not only incorporates tremendous strength but also great balance in order to do this.


 1. Aztec Pushup

This is my favorite and super intense. The Aztec Pushup is wickedly cool and really hard. I give this the number one spot not only because of how extreme it is but also because of it’s uniqueness.


Above listed some of the hardest pushups on earth.

I’m trying to create a list of the hardest pushups ever, feel free to list yours’ below.


  1. Posted February 9, 2012 at 6:13 am

    WOW! The Aztec push – ups look insane! Have to try them out!

    • Posted February 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Yeah they are. I still can’t do them but are getting close! Good luck Nik!

      • Devon
        Posted April 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm

        I can barely even touch my feet jumping!

  2. nick n
    Posted November 22, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    dont forget freestanding handstand clap push ups
    and planche clap push ups

    haha whats funny i can do flying super man one easy but theres no way in hell i could do handstand 2 finger push ups. you should make a list for hardest pull ups i think 1 number one should be thats the hardest one i can think of

    • Todd Kuslikis
      Posted December 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      Hey Nick,

      Yeah, those 2 finger push ups are crazy. I do actually have a list of hardest pull ups. You’ll have to check them out and let me know what you think.


      • Connor
        Posted December 15, 2013 at 8:45 pm

        Hey, i actually have a pushups invented by myself which you might like, any way i can send it to you?

        • Posted December 16, 2013 at 7:55 pm

          Of course Connor! Would love to see it! :)

  3. Devon
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    you should have put one arm handstand push up

    • Posted April 4, 2013 at 7:11 am

      Yes, that is definitely a tough one Devon! I have that on my 100 hardest body weight exercises

      • Devon
        Posted April 6, 2013 at 10:53 am

        Yes, I checked that list out first and before this list.Wow, these are hard but waling jump is easy.

  4. NicklasDK
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 9:26 am

    What about the “One arm no legs pushup”?
    Check it out there look freaking insane :-)

    • Devon
      Posted April 5, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      Yeah, falling on your face is insane. What?

    • Posted April 8, 2013 at 6:59 am

      LOL! That’s hilarious.

    • Afonso
      Posted October 6, 2013 at 8:45 am

      It’s almost the same as one arm push-up, it isn’t that hard

      • Posted October 9, 2013 at 5:53 am

        Hi Jacob,

        Its totally fine to alternate between upper and lower its just going to be easier. If that is your level than go ahead and stick with it. :) . Hmmm… yes you are right, diamond is harder than heart push up. Never caught that. There is a 2nd version of this workout that I just wrote about. You can check it out here.

        You are very welcome!!

  5. Devon
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Todd, you should make a list of ten hardest handstands!

  6. Devon
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Todd, please tell me which ones out of these ten you can do.I can do the walking jump but nothing else

    • Posted April 15, 2013 at 7:17 am

      I can get to about 7 and then I struggle with the rest.

      • Devon
        Posted June 1, 2013 at 11:09 am

        Woah! I don’t come anywhere close to the muay thai pushup. But to think you can do a triple clap… AMAZING!!!!!!!

  7. Posted May 11, 2013 at 7:26 am

    The Azteq pushup is sick! The dude must be proud to be able to do that.. esp. on camera!

  8. Gerbs
    Posted May 25, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Very impressive! I have to call the technique on those Muy Thai pushups though – backside way too high.

    • Posted May 25, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      Yep, certainly not perfect form but still pretty impressive. :)

  9. ajay
    Posted August 21, 2013 at 9:05 am

    hindu pushups are the most effective pushups in the world

  10. dominik
    Posted September 3, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I can do 5 of each and i m only 15.

  11. Afonso
    Posted September 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I’m 14 and I’m almost able to do every push-up, only ain’t able to do planche and 90 degrees pushup. (At 13 I was able to do 30 push-up with 20% fat, it seems my body capacity comes in the family)

    • Posted September 25, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Wow! That’s super impressive Afonso!!

  12. dlawnurg
    Posted October 5, 2013 at 5:15 am

    What’s about combo of exercise number 6 and 2? 90 degrees pushup on two fingers each hand:
    also 4 reps on 3fingers each hand:

    • Posted October 5, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      Yes, I’ve been in touch to interview this guy. He’s pretty sweet! Thanks for the video links. :)

  13. Ivan
    Posted December 6, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    where are full extension push-ups and one handed full extension push-ups?

  14. Posted April 2, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Hey man i was wondering how you can work up to those? Any suggestions?

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