The Top 6 Fitness Mannequin Challenges (So Far)

There’s no question that social media has become a dominant force in our society. It’s one of the few things that can cause the nation to come together and partake in similar challenges and movements. For example, remember the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? Everyone seemed to do it. In the last two weeks, a new challenge has swept the nation, and that of course is the #MannequinChallenge.

This particular “challenge” involves everyone in the video to remain completely frozen, as if they’re mannequins. Athletes, celebrities, companies, and even your family members all seem to be joining in on the fun. Personally, I love the fitness-based mannequin challenges. There’s something about holding weights with your friends and making funny faces that put me in a better mood.  So for your enjoyment – I made a list of my six favorite fitness mannequin challenges.

1. Kevin Hart and Buddies In the Gym 

This is possibly the most viewed mannequin challenge filmed in a gym, Kevin Hart’s video currently has just north of 2.5 million views!

2. Bradley Martyn Doing Strong Things

Bradley Martyn holds a heavy pull and is surrounded by frozen, fit people. What’s not to love about this clip?

3. Terron Beckham Holds a 405 lb Bench

This is the heaviest frozen bench press I’ve seen, if you’ve seen heavier, please share! Beckham makes this 405 lb hold look easy, he finishes the video by completing the press.

4. Reebok CrossFit 5th Ave. Crushing It

This CrossFit box has everyone participate in the challenge and finishes the video with everyone lifting together. Awesome synchronization and clip.

5. CrossFit Terminus Gives You a Tour

Terminus gives you a tour of their gym and showcases their athletes frozen in time as they complete their workout.

6. Texas A & M’s Gymnastics Shows Balance and Poise

Holding weight can be hard, but what about handstands and bar skills? This gymnastics team crushed the challnege by showing their strength and athleticism.

Whether you’re a Mannequin Challenege fan or not, there’s no denying the power social media has to create movements and community. Although, with this challenege soon dying out, it has me wondering…what’s next?

Feature image from @bradleymartyn Instagram page

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend.

He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

As of right now, Jake has published over 1,200 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter.

On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.

Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and a personal trainer the three years before that, and most recently he was the content writer at The Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office.

Jake competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a professional knee rehabber after tearing his quad squatting in 2017. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in New York City.

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