Brandon and Hudson White, known as the Buff Dudes, love to take on old school fitness challenges for their YouTube channel. You’ve tried retro fitness equipment, exercise videos from the 1980s and 1990s, and bodybuilding workouts from the 1940s. For their latest YouTube video, the boys (together with their father, Duke White, who is 63 years old) try to realize the events of the 1977 World Strongman competition. Big names like Franco Columbo, Lou Ferrigno and Bruce Wilhelm were present at the time.
In undershirts, the boys are ready to face the events.
Event 1: Keg Lift
The boys use a metal barrel and fill it with water to raise it over their heads.
They get up to 165 pounds and Brandon is the only one crushing it. (In 1977 Bruce Wilhelm won the event with £ 250.)
Event 2: Bar Bend
The guys try to bend a bar to at least 8 inches in no time. They use towels to bend the bars over their heads.
They start with 3/8 “bars.
“Feels like spaghetti to me,” says Duke.
“Brave words,” says Hudson.
All of the guys reach this width and move to 1/2 “.
“I want to mention that I stayed at 3/8,” says Duke.
Brandon is the only one who bends the 1/2 “bar to length. They find that Lou Ferrigno made it to 5/8” in 1977.
Event 3: Wheelbarrow Race
This event consists of three full rounds of plates and dumbbells being dragged across unstable ground in a wheelbarrow. The boys notice that their course has broken glass and rusty nails, which increases the competition. In the original 1977 competition, they hauled £ 700. But the Buff Dudes burn a little less, £ 400. Duke used a weight of 1,000 pounds in his.
Brandon’s wheelbarrow tips over in the first corner. And at Turn 2, the same thing happens with Hudson. Duke is declared the overall winner. And in 1977 it was Bruce Wilhelm.
Event 4: Throwing car tires
For this event, the car tire must be rolled up as much as possible like an Olympic discus and thrown through the air. Duke gets a mini hoop for his throw, while the Buff Dudes take on full size hoops. Duke gets up first and falls to the ground. He is just about to be pricked by a rusty needle.
“If you scratch, you get a rusty nail up your ass,” says Brandon.
Brandon takes this and throws 37 feet. And in 1977, Ken Patera threw for 41 feet.
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Event 5: Jeep Pull
For this event, buckle up on a seat belt to pull a jeep 25 meters in the fastest possible time.
Brandon is up first and clocks in at 21 seconds.
“It felt pretty cool. I felt like a crazy dog on a leash,” he says. “You have to get angry.”
Hudson is coming on February 24th.
“That was a terrible start,” he says. “I wish I could do it again. Damn it.”
Duke is next and hits an impressive 11:38 pm.
“Damn it, Duke the Mule kicked my ass,” says Hudson.
For context, Bruce Wilhelm won this event in 1977 with 14 seconds.
Event 6: Car battery hold
This event requires you to hold a 40-pound car battery in front of you for as long as possible, which puts the focus on the anterior deltoids.
“Breast augmentation, waist expansion, and ego expansion,” says Brandon before attempting the event.
“It’s like rusty nails, it’s like a buff dude booby trap,” says Hudson.
Duke clocks at 34 seconds and Brandon crushes 54 seconds.
“The last 10 seconds didn’t look very nice,” he says.
Hudson is next and only hits 40 seconds. In 1977, John Gamble won the competition with 56 seconds.
Event 7: tractor tire change
For this event, the guys have to turn the tractor tire to the finish line in the fastest possible time.
Brandon is up first and ends in 30 seconds. Hudson follows and clocks in with 26 seconds. Duke is finally up. He tries an alternate method of rolling the tire and clocks at 11 seconds.
After counting the results, Brandon is the winner.
“We made it and are still alive! And this will be the last time I’ll wear an undershirt,” says Duke.
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