Quick, how many two-finger pushups can you do? If your response is more than zero, kudos; if its less than 57, keep practicing. Thats the world record held by Armenias Hrachik Kostandyan. Oh, and the records actually for 57 two-finger push-ups in a minute, which means he averaged nearly one push-up every second.
He set last June in front of cameras and a small audience in a gym in the Armenian capital of Yerevan. Guinness World Records has so you can see Kostandyans phalanges-busting accomplishment as it happened.
Theres very little info available about Kostandyan, but in the video hes dressed in martial arts gear. He gets into position and the timer starts to count.
Here we should point out that Kostandyan is chasing the record for two-finger pushups with two arms. Which breaks down into, you know, one finger per arm; Kostandyans perched on his two index fingers, which are pointed slightly inward and somehow supporting his body. These arent the one-arm, two-fingers push-ups you may have seen do; thats a whole , with a different world record holder. (There are also related records for two-finger, two arm push-ups while carrying a 40 pound backpack, or four-finger, two-arm push-ups. So if youre scouting for a record to break, cast your net wide.)
Kostandyan rips through the early push-ups with admirably honest form, even as hes clearly exerting himself, his face getting redder. About 40 second he takes a break and you think he might be done, but he jumps right back in, closing out the minute and the record. He gets a brief scattering of applause from his small audience, then the videos done. But if youre looking for some inspiration today to do your best no matter the task, take a couple minutes to watch Kostandyan power his way through to this obscure record.