Watch These Bodybuilders Try an Old School Strongman Contest

Emily Shiffer
·4 mins read

From Men's Health

Brandon and Hudson White, known as the Buff Dudes, love to take on old school fitness challenges for their YouTube channel. They've tried out retro fitness equipment, workout videos from the 1980s and 1990s, and 1940s bodybuilding workouts. For their latest YouTube video, the dudes (along with their dad, Duke White, who is 63 years old) are attempting to do the events from the 1977 World's Strongest Man competition. Back then, the event featured Strongmen like Franco Columbo, Lou Ferrigno, and Bruce Wilhelm.

Outfitted in singlets, the guys are ready to take on the events.

Event 1: Keg Lift

The guys use a metal keg and fill it with water to lift over their heads.

"That is so damn awkward with that water sloshing around. That gets your head spinning really, really bad," says Hudson.

They get up to 165 pounds, and Brandon is the only one to crush it. (Back in 1977, Bruce Wilhelm won the event with 250 pounds.)

Event 2: Bar Bend

The guys attempt to bend a bar to at least 8 inches in the shortest amount of time possible. They use towels to bend the bars over their heads.

They start with 3/8" bars.

"Feels like spaghetti to me," says Duke.

"Bold words," says Hudson.

All the guys accomplish that width, and move to 1/2".

"I would like to mention that I stuck with 3/8"," says Duke.

Brandon is the only one to bend the 1/2" bar to the appropriate length. They note that in 1977, Lou Ferrigno made it all the way to 5/8".

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Photo credit: Men's Health

Event 3: Wheelbarrow Race

This event is three full laps hauling plates and dumbbells in a wheelbarrow over unstable ground. The Dudes note that their course has broken glass and rusty nails, which elevates the competition. In the original 1977 competition, they were hauling 700 pounds. But the Buff Dudes are using a little less, 400 pounds. Duke uses a '1,000' pound weight in his.

On the first turn, Brandon's wheelbarrow overturns. And on turn 2, the same happens to Hudson. Duke is declared the overall winner. And in 1977, it was Bruce Wilhelm.

Event 4: Car Tire Throw

This event requires winding up and throwing car tire through the air like an Olympic discus as far as possible. Duke is given a mini-tire for his toss, while the Buff Dudes take on regular-sized tires. Duke is up first, and falls to the ground, narrowly missing being poked by a rusty needle.

"If you scratch you get a rusty nail in your ass," says Brandon.

Brandon takes this one, throwing 37 feet. And in 1977, Ken Patera threw for 41 feet.

Event 5: Jeep Pull

For this event, you strap yourself into a harness to pull a Jeep 25 meters in the fastest time possible.

Brandon is up first, and he clocks in at 21 seconds.

"It did feel pretty cool. I felt like s mad dog on a leash," he says. "You gotta get angry at it."

Hudson clocks in at 24.02.

"That was a horrible takeoff," he says. "Wish I could do it again. Damn."

Duke is next, and clocks in at an impressive 23.38.

"Damn, I got my ass kicked by Duke the Mule," says Hudson.

For context, in 1977 Bruce Wilhelm won this event with 14 seconds.

Event 6: Car Battery Hold

This event requires you to hold a 40-pound car battery out in front of you for as long as you can, which puts an emphasis on the anterior deltoids.

"Chest expansion, waist expansion, and ego expansion," says Brandon before attempting the event.

"It's just like the rusty nails, this is like a Buff Dude booby trap," says Hudson.

Duke clocks in at 34 seconds, and Brandon crushes 54 seconds.

"Those last 10 seconds didn't look pretty," he says.

Hudson is up next, and he only hits 40 seconds. In 1977, John Gamble won the contest with 56 seconds.

Event 7: Tractor Tire Flip

For this event, the dudes must flip the tractor tire to the finish line in the fastest time possible.

Brandon is up first, and finishes in 30 seconds. Hudson goes after, and clocks in at 26 seconds. Finally, Duke is up. He tries an alternative method rolling the tire, and clocks in at 11 seconds.

After tallying up the scores, Brandon is the winner.

"We finished it and we're still alive! And this will be the last time I wear a singlet," says Duke.

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