A ‘regular gym brother’ tried to follow powerlifter Stefi Cohen
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Bodybuilder and vlogger Will Tennyson has tried all sorts of fitness and nutrition challenges on his YouTube channel, from Jennifer Lopez core-busting Hustlers Arnold Schwarzenegger’s pole-dancing routine, diet and workout. In her most recent video, Tennyson is joined in person by Stefi Cohen, the competitive weightlifter turned professional boxer with a staggering 25 world records to her name, and recklessly challenges her to a game of HORSE.
If you’ve spent any time on Fitness YouTube, you know the rules of the game: Participants take turns choosing exercises, and the person who fails first gets a letter. When they have entered five letters, ie enough to spell “horse”, they lose. Tennyson ups the ante and says the loser will be forced to wear a horse mask and take a punch from the winner – a bold addition, considering Cohen’s mastery in the ring.
They start by seeing who can perform the most jumps on a jump rope in 30 seconds. Tennyson can only start 63, but in the third round, reaches 99. Cohen, however, accumulates 112, which means Tennyson takes the first “H”. Then there are the max pull-ups, and Cohen does 20 reps in good form before stepping off the bar, though she says she’s usually able to get 26. Tennyson is ahead of her on this round, with 21.
They follow this with max rep squats, push ups, boxing drills and test their endurance with speed bags. Of course, you know where this is all heading. Cohen emerges triumphant from the HORSE contest, and Tennyson bravely dons the mask to accept his forfeit. You can watch him take the hit like a champ (with all the contest) in the video above.
Philip Ellis is a freelance writer and journalist from the UK covering pop culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ issues. His work has appeared in GQ, Teen Vogue, Man Repeller and MTV.