Rudd shows his muscle in Putin-style video

Is Kevin Rudd the new Vladimir Putin?

The former prime minister has posted a video of himself trying to do some pull-ups with a muscle-bound personal trainer at Brisbane's Kangaroo Point Cliffs.

Mr Rudd whips off his jacket as the trainer gives him a quick demo.

"Here we go," the Labor backbencher says as he confidently approaches the apparatus.

But as Mr Rudd readies himself for the workout, he realises he can't reach the handles.

The trainer grabs Mr Rudd around the waist and tries to boost him up.

But the effort falls flat and Mr Rudd gives up after a couple of attempts.

A number of political leaders around the world love to demonstrate how macho they are - including former Russian president Putin, who in recent years has been pictured hunting topless, horse riding and engaged in martial arts.

The Russian leader, who made a comeback to the presidency in 2012, has even published a book about foreign policy called Being Strong.

A second video, posted by Mr Rudd later on Friday morning, shows the MP doing pull-ups from some lower handles.

The apparently impromptu workout occurred as Mr Rudd prepared for his weekly appearance on the Seven Network's Sunrise program on Friday morning.

It's not the first time the Queenslander has posted a video of himself working out.

A fortnight ago he published a video of himself lifting weights.

The video, titled Getting ready this morning for the Big Guns of politics on Sunrise, has gained more than 7000 views on YouTube.

It comes as speculation continues that Mr Rudd may be plotting a prime ministerial comeback.

But the Queensland politician has flatly denied a plot to muscle in on the Labor leadership.

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