Two Olympic champions are locked in a public challenge.
Britain’s Rio 2016 slalom K-1 gold medallist Joe Clarke has had his fun posting a cheeky response to Adam Peaty’s BBC workout video on his own Twitter page.
World record holder and double Olympic medallist Peaty released a video in July entitled: “How to work out like Olympic breaststroke champion Adam Peaty”, which begins with a warning from Peaty as he poses with biceps curled.
“Obviously don’t try these until you’ve got guns like these!”
The impressive, if slightly cringeworthy, video shows the 22-year-old performing various feats of strength.
This includes press-ups, where he pushes up with all four limbs coming half a foot off the ground and some with his trainer lying on his back as the warm-up, followed by kettlebell overhead swings, medicine ball push-ups, battle ropes (where he flicks two heavy ropes up and down), and a plate press (with what looks to be an intimidatingly heavy plate).
“Easy day today,” Peaty grins. “Recovery.”
Joe Clarke, who won Britain’s first ever Olympic gold in the slalom K-1 event in 2016, has clearly seen his GB teammate’s efforts and thinks he can top it.
In an equally confident video posted through Clarke’s Twitter profile this morning, he shows off what he believes are far more impressive shows of strength.
He begins with a mockery of Peaty’s introduction, smiling broadly at the camera as he flexes his muscles which shows the same Olympic rings tattoo as Peaty as he smirks: “Peaty mate. Don’t try these until you got guns like these!”
There follows another exceptional arm workout video, this time including chin-ups with a clap at the top of each, chin-ups with an obscene number of plate weights strapped around his waist, press-ups with not only a trainer, but a trainer holding a plate on his back, and a heavily stacked dumbbell chest press.
Peaty has gone from strength to strength this year, establishing himself as a peerless superstar of world swimming.
In July, he competed at the World Aquatics Championships and retained his 100m breaststroke title with a championship record time having broken his own world record in the heats.
He now holds the top 10 times in the world for this distance.
He then became the first man to retain the world 50m and 100m breaststroke double as he won the shorter race, breaking the world record twice in a day in the lead up to the final.
With seemingly no honours left for him to achieve in the sport, he has set himself a new target called Project 56, whereby he hopes to be the first man under 57 seconds in the 100m breaststroke – a mark which if achieved would surely stand for a long while.
Clarke has the Canoe World Championships coming up at the end of this month, so it remains to be seen how much of an advantage his gruelling routine can give him.
Clarke, 24-years-old, has experienced plenty of championships himself, but his career highlight came just last summer in Brazil.
After finishing second and third respectively in the K1 Men Individual Heat and then semi-final, he went one better in the final, bringing home the gold for Team GB.
That's not his only medal, however.
He's also taken home two World Championship bronzes, one in 2014, and one a year later in 2015, and he's also won two European Championship silver medals.
The first coming in 2014, and the second coming once again a year later in 2015.
Away from the water, Clarke was also appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to his sport.
Perhaps Peaty will feel it necessary to respond to Clarke’s taunting invitation... watch this space.
Could we soon see a battle of strength between the sports? Who would you back, the swimmers or the canoeists?
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