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The Longest Plank Hold And 7 More Of The Craziest World Fitness Records

Sinead Farrell
By Sinead Farrell
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It's always good to work towards a goal, even if it's an unusual one. To borrow the words of Chaz Michael Michaels - 'They laughed at Louis Armstrong when they said he couldn't walk on the moon, but now he's up there laughing at them.' And so on. Breaking records and trying to retain them is an exciting project for any athlete to undertake. And here is a list of eight craziest fitness records currently waiting to be broken.

Most Press-Ups

Carlton Williams, originally from Wales, had 1,874 pushups in an hour to beat when he undertook this challenge in 2015. And Williams pushed that record into obscurity when he proceeded to complete 2,220 press-ups in 60 minutes. The world record for most amount of push-ups in 24 hours belongs to Charles Servizio (USA) who did a monstrous 46,001 press-ups.

Heaviest Aircraft Lifted By A Human


Reverend Kevin Fast had the holy spirit on his side in 2009 when he hauled a 416,299-pound CC-17 cargo plane some 29 feet. Otherwise known as the Powerlifting Pastor, Kevin Fast also holds the record for pulling the heaviest vehicle over a distance of 100 feet. He put in just two months of training before taking on the plane hauling challenge.

Longest Time To Hold The Plank

It is the most painstaking exercise for any of God's living creatures to go through. And even though the average manager will only demand their athletes endure this torture for a minute, it still seems like a human rights violation to have to do it at all. One man however, has redefined the very notion of human resolve with a plank time of four hours and 26 minutes, bypassing the previous record of 3:07:15.

Longest Time Spent On The Treadmill

The humble gym goer will waste no time patting themselves on the back for working up a gentle sweat after a 15 minute stint on the treadmill. But if that's your attitude, you will have to settle for mediocrity because you're well off the pace of the world record which happens to be held by an Irish man. In 2008, Tony Mangan spent a punishing (probably pleasurable for him though) 48-hours on the treadmill which amounts to a distance of 252 miles.


Most Amount Of Burpees

Originally set in 1994, this is one of the longest standing world endurance records. Paddy Doyle from the UK, has been breaking world fitness records since 1987 and one of those is for most amount of burpees in an hour. The former Paratrooper notched up an impressive 1,840 burpees. I think managing to not get dizzy after all that jumping is probably worth another award though.

Longest Swim Across The Ocean

In 2011, mother of three Penny Palfrey swam the longest distance when she travelled from the Grand Cayman island to the Little Cayman in the Caribbean in 40 hours and 41 minutes. Not only did she overcome exhaustion and drowning during this pursuit, she also evaded the dangers of shark infested waters to get the job done.

Most Amount Of Keepy-Uppies On The Lips

A peculiar record to pursue, but the Guinness Book Of Records is receptive to all manner of unusual achievements. Daneil Cutting is the current holder of this wacky accolade with an incredible 158 touches off the lips in just one minute. Cutting even put on an exhibition of freestyle skills as he walked up the aisle on his wedding day.

Fastest Tennis Serve

Australian pro player Samuel Groth has held this honour since 2012 when he unleashed a torpedo at the Busan Open. Technology on the day captured the shot sailing at 163mph - that's 263kph for those of the metric system persuasion. To put this record into context, Groth's serve obliterates the world's fastest baseball shot (105mph) and the fastest soccer shot, which clocks in at 114mph. Fittingly, Groth roared 'You got served' at his hapless opponent after the shot.

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