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Two Greeks Set Guinness World Record for “Tandem Push-Ups”

Greeks set record for tandem push-ups
Greeks set the record for tandem push-ups. Credit: George Kotsimpos / YouTube Screenshot

Two Greek athletes George Kotsimpos and Apostolos Dervas completed forty-three consecutive sets of push-ups in tandem on December 21, 2022 in Heraklion, Crete in Greece. They thus set a new world record for “Most Consecutive Tandem Pushups.”

Kotsimpos had had arthroscopic surgery on his injured shoulder a few months earlier and had fully healed by the time the feat was accomplished.

Kotsimpos and Dervas spent months training in anticipation of their record-breaking attempts. They were consistent, and it paid off. They broke the previous record by completing four additional reps of push-ups (in comparison to the previous record).

“We are thrilled to have achieved this record” said Kotsimpos. “I couldn’t have done it without the support of my fellow athlete, Apostolos Dervas, and the entire Iron Body community.”

Kotsimpos has already achieved a Guinness World Record, so this isn’t the first time he has done so. He completed the most hand-release pushups within a minute in December 2020.

Kostas Stathopoulos, another Greek athlete, also holds the record for the “Most Diamond Pushups on a Medicine Ball in One Minute,” while Thanasis Zoakis has broken the record for the “Most Burpee to Pullups in One Minute.” Stathopoulos and Zoakis are likewise Iron Body Gym athletes.

What are tandem push-ups?

Tandem push-ups are a variation of traditional push-ups. They are performed by two people working together with each person facing a different direction but with one of the athletes lying faced downwards on top of the other as seen in the video below.

Both individuals place their hands shoulder-width apart on the ground much like in a regular push-up. The athletes’ bodies are raised and lowered by placing the fists or palms perpendicular to the floor, but the partner on the bottom bears the weight of the partner on top. The athlete on the top remains in a plank position and positions are later switched.

As with traditional push-ups, form is always important, so it is best to choose a partner carefully. The body should be kept in a straight line and the core engaged throughout the exercise in order to avoid injury.

The pectoral muscles, triceps, and anterior deltoids are the primary muscles that are worked during such exercises. However, push-ups are also beneficial to the remainder of the deltoids, serratus anterior, coracobrachialis, and the core as a whole.

Tandem push-ups are typically used as a form of partner training, and they can be a fun and challenging way to increase strength and build teamwork. They can also be used as a way to make push-ups more challenging for someone who has mastered the traditional push-up.

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