Can a fitness YouTuber survive an Olympic fencer’s workout? | Hitting the Wall


Hey, my name’s Brandon White. I’m a YouTube influencer
in the fitness world, and I’m here to take
on an Olympian. But I’ve heard
he’s just a fencer, so it shouldn’t be that tough. He’s standing behind me,
isn’t he? Does he have a sword on him? En garde. Prêts. Allez. Come on, catch me, catch me. I’m here in Shanghai. And me being on the West Coast, we decided to meet
somewhere in between and that place is going
to be Manhattan. I will be in this plane
for 15 hours, and then I will land
in New York. Looks like you brought
a sword to a gun fight, bro. – OK, this is my gun.
– Oh, yeah? It looks like a sword. Not even a sword.
What is that, a toothpick? I’m going to pick
my teeth with it. OK, OK, I can brush
your teeth with that. All right, whoa, OK, no. TRANSLATION: Hey, everyone,
this is Enzo Lefort, I’m 25 and I’ve been fencing
for 20 years. I’m team world champion
and two-time European champion. I also finished third at the
individual world championship. I competed in the Olympic Games
in London and now I’m training for Rio. Oh, wait, I can do that
in English if you want to. So Enzo, how does one
get into fencing? Like, how does it start? Yeah, actually,
I was five years old, and I loved this
famous French champion, and she’s from the same
island as me, Guadeloupe, and then she won
the gold medal at Atlanta. So I say to my parents,
like, “OK, I want to do that.” Yeah, what’d they
think about that? And what’s the better thing
when you’re five years old – to play with swords.
– Right. How many cities do you hit
when you’re competing? Yes, I think we hit like
maybe 50 different cities during the year. So sometimes you just go
to a random place, you don’t have any gym,
so you just have to adapt. You just have
to figure it out. Yeah, right, just I look
at the things around me, and just figure it out. Oh, look at that. Let’s do some fun in there,
let’s get a workout. OK, let’s go. In fencing I have to work
on my cardio, on my strength and on my stretch, it’s a really global sport,
you know. You work with pretty much
every muscle, you know. OK, Brandon, I know
you have these crazy arms, these crazy legs, you know. But fencing is not
only about strength. You have to find your balance,
you know. I can do that, I can do that. – OK, you can do that?
– Yeah. OK, let’s see, OK. Let’s do some competition,
you know? All right, all right. OK, try to walk
like this fencing position, and then, OK, go like this
as fast as you can, you know. Even faster. Whoa, what are you doing,
big guy? – I’m waiting for you.
– I’m trying. I haven’t been doing this
since I was five, you know. OK. This is a long way. Yeah, it is a long way. – OK, I wait you a bit.
– There we go. OK, OK. I’m breaking form,
I think, a little bit. – Oh…
– Oh, oh, oh. All right, is there…
are we pretending – there’s lava down here?
– Yeah. I’m coming,
I’m coming for you. I think I died a long time ago. – Yeah, yeah, yeah.
– I think that’s it. OK, where you at? – Ah, my legs are burning.
– OK. OK, more respect,
for sure, man, yeah. You know, I’ll lay off
on knocking a little bit, because that was pretty tough.
A lot tougher than I thought. You make it look so easy,
that’s the problem, you know. When you watch it, you’re just
like, “Ah, I can do that.” And then once you start
doing the workouts, you’re like,
“Ah, there’s no way.” I mean, this is a testament
to your hard work. I mean, you’ll go out anywhere and you’ll find something
to stay active, stay fit, keep your training on,
which of course with you, you can’t take time off,
especially if you’re competing. Yeah, when you really
want to do something, you just do it, you know,
no matter what. No matter the weather,
no matter the city. Yeah, you just…
You don’t find any excuses. OK, Brandon, so this is
a fancy venue, you know. It is. So I can show you
some fancy skill in here. – OK, I’m ready.
– OK. This is all the gear
or this is the practice gear? Yeah, right, there is
the sabre, épée, and foil. So as you can see, it’s not
the same thing, you know. – Oh, I see.
– That’s it. That’s how you keep track
of the points. Yeah, right, right, right. – It’s an electric circuit.
– Ah, OK. So you stab people
for a living. – Yeah, yeah.
– How’s that feel? I feel good because I can’t
go in jail for that. Right, exactly. I mean you get some
aggression out at least. It’s the best thing
about my sport. OK, Brandon, remember
what we did on the rail? We will take it
to the next level, OK? Basically, there is a line. OK, you’re going front
and back, front and back, – front and back.
– OK. And hold
the fencing position, so you have to tense
up your leg. – Squat?
– Yeah, that’s it. – Keep the tension here?
– Yeah, tension, – can you feel it?
– Yeah, oh, I already feel it. – Exactly.
– So OK, we go in French. En garde, prêts, allez.
It’s “ready, steady, go.” – Are you ready?
– Uh-huh. En garde, prêts, allez. I’m just getting slower
and slower. Come on, come on, come on. Ah… – Take your breath, man.
– Yeah. Breath. Be honest, how much
were you holding back? I can do that all day, man. – I bet you could.
– Be my guest. Yeah, you’re probably
at half speed, right? OK, wake up, wake up. It’s time to get
a proper workout. – Round two, huh?
– OK. I’m ready. OK, so I will teach you
how to hit your opponent. OK, so you try to get
that full extension. Yeah, yeah, that’s it. Your back leg is just
going to be straight. OK, so like this. One, two, three. – And come back.
– OK. OK, are we ready? I can hear
your breathing, man. Control your breath, man. You’re breathing too loud. I’m usually the one saying
this to someone, not me. OK, yeah, yeah. One, two, three. OK, do you feel
comfortable? – Yeah.
– OK, let’s do it. You’re disrespecting me
right now. You’re toying with me. All right. Enzo, much respect. – OK, watch your hair.
– Thank you, yeah. That’s OK. It shows that I did a lot of
work, my hair’s all messed up. Thank you. Thanks for showing me
the stuff. – Oh, no problem.
– Now we got this stuff done, so let’s step
in the gym and maybe do some of my expertise. See how you stand up to that. Nice work, Enzo. Whoo, let’s get something
to drink. You kind of show me
what you do, and maybe we’ll throw some
new stuff in there. OK, perfect. OK, let’s do this. OK, so let’s do some exercise. Balance, you know. OK, so the fencing position, jump, and then go for a lunge. You come back,
and you jump back. OK, yeah. Jump? That’s it, make a lunge
with this one. – That’s a long… Yeah, yeah.
– Ooh, keep your balance. There we go, I get it
inside that leg, right? That’s it, come back. And jump back. And you do this…
it’s timed, huh? So you have a certain amount
of time that you… Yeah, about like one minute. One minute like this,
attack, up, up. You got some leg
work out of the way, got the Bosu Ball work,
already started feeling that even though I did like
three reps, which is crazy. But I know you do a lot
of shoulder stuff, you know, of course you got
to have your arm up, and after a while I’m sure
it just starts to burn. We have to have the endurance
of the shoulder and like the repetition
and things. So I think maybe… So you got these guys,
right, the rope. – OK, let’s go.
– Yeah, yeah. All right, here we go. My shoulders
are already burning. OK, OK, OK. OK, can you see the bite? Yeah, yeah, you get
that blood pumping, and you can feel it real quick. How do you make these harder? OK, yeah, OK, let’s go. Let’s go. I’ll explain it.
Next level. OK, sounds good. Level two. OK, fencing position. Yeah. One and are you ready? Let’s go. One… coming. And this is the thing,
you know. You have to keep your balance and disassociate
the rope balance with the chest balance. The leg balance
with the chest balance. So that’s it. To coordinate. Come on, man, another. Allez, allez,
keep going, keep going. I’m hitting that wall,
you know. Let’s go. OK, join me, join me,
keep going. Yeah. OK, OK, harder,
harder, harder. And that’s it, I’m done. There we go. I cheated, I stopped. That was a trick of mine. That’s amazing. Now I want to try something,
and it’s with the sleds. We’re going to put a little bit
more weight on there. We’re going to strap up
and have a little race. OK, no problem, I love
competition, let’s do this. I know you do.
Got 150 on yours. So that’s around 200 pounds. I got a little bit
more just because I have the advantage
because I’ve, you know, trained this way before. But we’re going to crawl it. So we’re going to pull
as fast as we can, right? And go. I almost got you. Now we got to go back. One, two, three. High five. OK, that was intense. These Olympians… Where is the
physiotherapist? I need a massage. Yeah, that’s a good idea. Maybe we should do that. That’s the end of it. Get a massage. Need it.

100 Comments

  1. You should do this for boxing

  2. Can you please do one on archery!

  3. My buff dude Brandon!

  4. I'm a simple man

    I see fencing, I like.

  5. suspicious cut on the hi5 there 😉

  6. Brandon looks like the sherif from stranger things

  7. Is 24 too late to start out fencing? To join a club and participate in competitions etc?

  8. Good job,i am a fencer from Serbia and some of my friend telling me everyday that they can do same as me on training like this guy 🙂

  9. The High Line 🙂 so nice

  10. You gave each other massages?

  11. Ce jeu d'acteur 🙂

  12. is that buff dudes ??? super awesome :))))))

  13. Brandon showed mad respect

  14. I use to go to the fencing club they're in

  15. Always thought fencing was a under appreciated sport it's quite badass when you think about it.

  16. Sabre is better

  17. Whats up with his biceps lol

  18. Now he needs to try some rowing

  19. I'd like to see him compete against an olympic weight lifter

  20. "youtube influencer"

  21. i like fencing a lot.

  22. he is so funny!!!!!!

  23. Just cuz he’s a YouTuber

  24. ez bingo

  25. I’m here because of Jackson wang😂💛

  26. The dudes should be starring in Brokeback Mountain

  27. This is so cool and such a good example of great sportsmanship.

  28. They both seem really cool. 😎

  29. BUFF DUDES

  30. How is NY between LA and Shanghai…..It's closer for him to fly from China to California… Geography bro

  31. This video is fency ^.^

  32. I feel tired after watching this

  33. moral of the story: don't mess with professional martial artists

  34. I feel like Brandon was too dramatic.

  35. What is the angelic score at 0:19

  36. What is the angelic score at 0:19

  37. You know?

  38. This professional fencer has good footwork and a good physique for a professional badminton player also.

  39. That wasnt even a part of his workout and Brandon was dying, that shows what it takes to be ollimpian.

  40. Most Olympians are fricken insane. I'd be happy to be half as fit as one

  41. 4:51 in epee we either move like this or like snails. It’s very interesting, to say the least lol.

  42. Jesus how is he so unfit, does he do any cardio?

  43. I have been fencing saber for 5 years and been competing for 3 years. In the space of that time, I have been on the England team 3 times but still struggle to have the confidance to keep going. Sometimes I want to give up but then I realised that i spend six hours a week training so i'm not just going to quit like that.

  44. the balancing one is easyyy

  45. He’s lost a lot of size

  46. so this is a proof that, all those "influencers" are fae and its fraud, and you morons watche them where they make milions of dollars …. good job world

  47. respect…..!

  48. all these people in the comments underestimating fencers… Fencing is a sport of discipline, balance, timing, precision, and intelligence. All you people that do different sports like basketball, football, American football, or rowing think that fencing is easy and takes no work to become good at. Fencing may not take physical size or strength, but it sure takes mental ability, which is why most people wouldn't even survive it.

  49. That Olympian looks underweight…

  50. Stay buff

  51. What is that a toothpick hahaha

  52. Where are those buff LEGS?

  53. 666 dislikes Gasp

  54. Ha

  55. To be fair: Brandon is a bodybuilder, not an endurance or agility athlete.

  56. 4:31 Brandon looks like Henry Cavill there

  57. Training is tough but not thaat tough, it was harder for him because he's much heavier.

  58. Buff dudes in strength wars😎

  59. Fencing with a saber is just so much better than the other 2 weapons (i dont know their names in english)

  60. the scene at the train tracks looks identical to where they killed that vampire in owari no seraph with the 2 snipers on the tower

  61. I hope this Dallas Stars were not burning from walking on a train track. if so this guy will be useless in anything practical the didn't require brief heavy lifting. Meh

  62. Watch season 2 now on the Olympic Channel! http://bit.ly/2GuxUvm

  63. You should do one episode on boxing

  64. How about some real sword fighting, not this poncy stuff? HEMA is where it's at. All this with a real weighted sword, not this tiny foil.

  65. Why do these "fitness" people never have any cardio?

  66. answer no,

  67. Clicked on this just because of how much you look like David Harbour

  68. exposed

  69. Stop beeing stupid with your "can a fencer can bla bla my balls". It's dumb. Fitness it just a different sport. Purpose is to have a good training to your sport. Fitness fans are dumb thinking they are bests cause they can lift weight.

  70. he looks good, but his muscles are useless

  71. I swear I was seeing the hand staying back before the start of the lunge there. Have they changed it so that you don't need the initial extension of the hand preceding the step or lunge for a valid attack? Been ages since I've fenced.

  72. "bodybuilding influencer", ha ha what a poser title – but the video is good to show the real work an outwardly scrawny guy puts in

  73. Buff Dude has got good sense of humour!

  74. good shape vs good athlete 😛

  75. He sounds like black panther

  76. Thank God the black was raised in a white majority country

  77. Did they even realise they had two olypians in that vid
    One.Enzo
    The other one . Daryl Homer (silver medallist )

  78. I need to show these exercises to my team XD

  79. Just goes to show how hard fencers work.

  80. American muscle trying to do European finesse. Sure no problem.

  81. buff dudes

  82. athletes are amazing the amount of hardwork and dedication they put in is out of this world

  83. More muscle needs more energy….

  84. its not easy

  85. No, you’re David Harbour

  86. Anyone remember seeing this on a commercial

  87. Omg he said sword, i get really triggered hearing that.

  88. 8:01 song name?

  89. “Just a fencer” wow. Offensive

  90. 6:12 hold up a minute you forgot to teach him to point the sword at qarte and six xD. That’s why he struggled parrying (btw to non fencer that’s to your right or left near there eyes which is where they are open and allows an easy touch or parry). You did a good job though introducing fundamentals.

  91. The ropes look like DNA

  92. The ropes look like DNA

  93. Anyone here after Enzo won the Budapest World Championship?

  94. Congratulation Enzo for winning World Championship this year

  95. Hopper? Where did you go in the season 3?

  96. And now he is a world champion

  97. "so you stab people for a living"

  98. they don't reveal their full workout

  99. love how he put coach kit on XD though i can see why with those beautiful flicks

  100. Enzo Lefort is a great fencer

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