Pushups 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 its 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 world. Some are based on the normal pushup but use 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 the age-old argument of Body Part Isolation vs. Complex Movements in Strength Training, I highly recommend checking it out.
Let us know in the comment section, which one is the hardest pushup of the 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 without 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.
One of the most important ways to progress in fitness is to work slowly. I’ve included a calisthenics progression guide here to help you gauge what level you are at.
Then, once you have a baseline, you can progress upward and eventually crank out some of these super difficult push-ups!
Bonus Workout! Try this Triple 5 Bodyweight Leg Workout in addition to working your upper body!