Top 10 Hardest Push-ups In The World (3 Will Blow Your Mind)

October 17, 2021

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.

If these pushup variations seem too advanced, don’t feel discouraged. We all have to start somewhere.

*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!

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  1. Juan

    How many diamond push ups would a 14 years old that is physically fit should he be abe to do?
    -Todd

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  2. John

    Hi Todd, the older I get the more bodyweight exercise I do as it is much more gentle on my creaky old joints. It is excellent for strength and helps with issues such as arthritis, bad knees and back.
    A quick question. What do you feel would be a reasonable number of superman push-ups for a 70 year old to be able to do?
    Cheers – John

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    • Todd Kuslikis

      Hi John,

      A reasonable number is whatever you got when you have absolutely nothing left ;). Make sure that number keeps going up every month.

      – Todd

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  3. Erik Lawrence

    I’m only 12 and i can do a MUY THAI PUSHUP

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    • Todd Kuslikis

      Way to go, Erik, that’s really impressive.

      – Todd

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      • Erik Lawrence

        Thanks TODD KUSLIKIS

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        • Todd Kuslikis

          You’re welcome Erik Lawrence 🙂

          – Todd

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    • Todd Kuslikis

      That’s really impressive, Erik. Can’t imagine what you’ll be able to do in 10 years 🙂

      – Todd

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  4. Ryan

    Planche and 90 degree are the hardest. Aztec is really easy for me

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    • Todd Kuslikis

      Hi Ryan,

      That’s really impressive. Got a video of you doing the Aztec?

      Reply
  5. Dragan

    Hello, can anyone tell me how can I increase explosiveness of my push-ups? I have been doing 130-150 push-ups every other day for year and a half, but I would like to “step the game up” a little bit and start doing these extreme push-ups. So I need some advice on what kind of push-ups I should be doing in order to be able to do some extreme push-ups. All I can do is 1 clap push-ups and walking jump push-ups out of all “tougher” ones.
    Thank you in advance.

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  6. john hussey

    I’m trying to get back to muscle tone up . I’m not sure what is the best solution for excerzing my leg muscle without injuring my knees . .

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    • Todd Kuslikis

      Hi John,

      Bodyweight squats are very gentle on the kneed, just make sure to stop immediately if you feel any discomfort.

      – Todd

      Reply
  7. mr.miachi

    You should’ve included 1 armed ring pushups. I’m 13 and was messing around one day (I actually do calisthenics and have for a year), and did a pushup with one arm on one of my rings. It was excruciatingly difficult, but I did it!

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    • Todd Kuslikis

      Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll consider this one if I ever decide to update the article.

      – Todd

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  8. Tom

    I would have the Kuki pushup on this list instead of the jump walking ones, it’s a combo of the flying superman and behind the back clap.

    Reply
  9. Rohit

    Please advise: I always feel very insecure and scared to do the handstand. Afraid I will fall or something. How to overcome this?
    B.t.w: instead of the handstand pushups I do the pike pushups.

    Reply
  10. Reynaldo Laporte Betancourt

    I saw this link looking for Omni Set push ups, great find.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Glad you like it Reynaldo!

      Reply
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  12. António

    there are missing at least 2, the “one arm tiger bend superman push-up” and the “one arm planche push-up”

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  13. Jean

    Hey Todd,
    A fine display of some brute and manly “relative strength” with all the varieties of push-ups. Aside from how cool the human body looks doing these kind of exercises, I’m just wondering if you put out any regression exercises leading up to the big ones. Although cool looking, most men would fall short in performing perhaps two regression levels below what you’ve shown in the videos. Just wondering if there are progressions leading up to these exercises?
    Otherwise, a fabulous display of body weight mastery and relative strength. Well done!!
    J.L
    Spectrum Therapy & Fitness

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    • Todd Kuslikis

      Hi JL,

      Not sure what you mean by regression but in terms of progression, yes there are lots of them. I’ll have to create a post on them at some point. 🙂

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      • Jean

        Sorry, by regression I meant an easier version, or exercise variation one should do to prepare for the more difficult one.

        Thanks

        Reply
  14. Ulysses

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

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  15. Ivan

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

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    • Todd Kuslikis

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

      Reply
  16. Afonso

    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)

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    • Todd Kuslikis

      Wow! That’s super impressive Afonso!!

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  17. dominik

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

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    • Todd Kuslikis

      Way to go Dominik!!

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    • Todd Kuslikis

      They are pretty sweet Ajay!

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  18. Gerbs

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

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    • Todd Kuslikis

      Yep, certainly not perfect form but still pretty impressive. 🙂

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  19. W. Asher

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

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  20. Devon

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

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    • Todd Kuslikis

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

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      • Devon

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

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  21. Devon

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

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    • Todd Kuslikis

      Great idea Devon!

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    • Devon

      Yeah, falling on your face is insane. What?

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    • Todd Kuslikis

      LOL! That’s hilarious.

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    • Afonso

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

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      • Todd Kuslikis

        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!!

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  22. Devon

    you should have put one arm handstand push up

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      • Devon

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

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  23. Nik TPT

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

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    • Todd Kuslikis

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

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      • Devon

        I can barely even touch my feet jumping!

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    • Ryan

      im only 10 and i can do twelve 2 finger push ups!

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      • mr.miachi

        with improper form…

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      • cary mcdonald

        At 12 years of age, YOU SHOULD NOT BE DOING THEM. Your joints are not mature enough yet, and can be permanently damaged, not just your finger joints but your elbow joints as well. BTW, that is why some handling of a baseball by Little League pitchers is forbidden; permanent joint damage (See: Breaking Ball Pitch, Little League Elbow damage).

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        • Matthew

          Im 12 and I started 1 thumb push ups at 8 he’s fine I have no damage at all instead I had an extremely healthy bosy, all you need is proper stretching and form and you can do it

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      • ricky

        you are strong but i do number one and two fingers rickyjblair

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        • Todd Kuslikis

          Hi Ricky,

          That’s really impressive. Got any videos of that?

          – Todd

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      • ME

        bull crap alert

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        • Israel

          Ya that’s a lie it not hard but your ten I’m surprised if your 60 pounds yet

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      • elijah

        my name is Elijah, I can do 700 normal push ups and I am a runner

        Reply
      • noah

        CAP

        Reply
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