As we spoke about previously, warmups are a part of workout which are commonly ignored due to lack of education on the benefits of them. Warmups not only help stimulate your muscles to get ready for a workout, they also greatly reduce the chance of injury during a workout and also provide positive benefits post workout by reducing muscle soreness after strenuous exercise.
The muscle stimulation during warmups is actually used by and included in an actual workout routine, due to the muscle stimulation of some warm ups, doing them in high reps or for long periods can be extremely beneficial when it comes to increasing your strength and durability. Many people even add weights to these warmup style workouts to increase muscle gains and become physically stronger. These warmups include pushups, planks, sit ups and chin ups.
Believe it or not there is a strong competitive side when it comes to what we know as warmup exercises. World records are constantly being broken by new competitors for things such as most pushups in a time span, or longest plank without fail. Many people dedicate their lives to being the best of the best and are constantly trying to be the best by beating theses records. Today we are going to look at some athletes who have taken their warmup exercises to the next level, and as a result have become the best in the world for these.
One of the most basic, most renowned, yet most effective exercises is the push up. I don’t know about you, but when I was younger, your strength was determined by how many push ups you could do, before your arms start to tremble and you fall flat on your face. Let me tell you I was struggling to reach 15 before I would conk out, pushups were not my strong suit that is for sure. However, a Japanese man by the name of Minoru Yoshida is sure to blow your socks off when you hear his record. Previous record for the number of non-stop push ups was set by Henry C. Marshal from USA all the way back in 1977. Henry achieved a total of 7,650 push ups non-stop, an unbelievable amount, much more than my 15. Following this in 1980 Minoru would break the record at 10,507 non-stop pushups, absolutely destroying the previous record and then some.
You could be wondering how that record still holds after 30 years, surely someone has broken, as a matter of fact it is likely that it has been broken but has not been properly documented. This is because the Guinness World Records stopped recording non-stop pushups, which is basically as it suggests, consecutive pushups with no rest, shortly after the record was set. Instead they began to record most push ups within a 24-hour period with as many rests as they wanted.
The record for most push ups in 24 hours was set by American, Charles Servizio in 1993 at an unimaginable 46,001. It was over the 24/25 of April and he stopped at 21 hours and 21 minutes. The record resulted in an average of 6 pushups per minute and still stands to this day.
Mentioning pushups per minute, it is currently unsure what the true record for this is, some say Croatian Krunoslav Budiselic has the record at 140, A Glen Tenove claims to have beaten that record at 152, and other claims have been made saying the record has been broken at a whopping 199 pushups, however the claims were never properly published as it became near impossible to measure technique and correctness of the exercise at such speeds.
Moving on from pushups looking at an easier to determine record is the worlds longest plank. The plank exercise has been known for the longest time to be one of endurance, core strength and determination, with the average plank time being roughly one minute, many people even struggle to reach this for obvious reasons, planking for extended periods of time is quite difficult. The current record for the longest plank was broken quite recently. On the 24th of February, 2020, 62-year-old former US marine George Hood surpassed the previous record set by Mao Weidong of China at 8 hours 15 minutes and 15 seconds. George beat the previous record by roughly 14 minutes and stated he would spend hours upon hours planking in preparation for the record. He then went on to do 75 push ups after his plank just to show off a bit, which to be honest I don’t blame him, 8 hours in a planking position, I think he has earned the right to do what he wants after enduring that. After breaking the record Hood announced that he is retiring from plank record attempts.
Keeping on the topic of core strength, the current record for most sit ups in 24 hours is set by US athlete Skip Chase at 110,912 sit-ups in 24 hours, with as many breaks as needed. The record was set on Jan 8-9 of 2004 and still stands to this day. As it stands the record for most pushups in one minute is 87 set by Mike Janko however it is still unsure and likely that the record has been broken since.
Moving on to a more advanced exercise is the chin up. The most chin-ups in one minute is set at a record of 57 by Guy Schott of USA. At first it might seem like that’s not likely for a world record, but if you have ever tried to do a chin up, it is one of the most difficult things to do, then to do it 5 times over is not even possible for most people, even when it is it still takes half a minute to even get to five, and on the fifth you can barely get yourself up. This man has done 57 in a minute at lightning speed and held the record for 12 years, since the 20th of December 2008 so that is definitely saying something.
If that wasn’t enough for you, the record for most chin ups in 24-hours is on the verge of being literally unbelievable. Frank Sagona, from the USA, set the record on the 22 of October, 2016 at 5094 chin ups in a 24 hour period. During that same attempt Franks also ‘accidently’, as in he wasn’t directly trying to beat it, the 8 and 12 hour records for most chin ups. That’s 1000 times more than the amount of chin ups I could ever dream of doing.
Following is the heaviest weighted pull up achieved by David Marchante, Spanish athlete who attempted the record twice. First on camera, he managed to do a weighted pull up of 96.85 kg, that is equivalent to him holding an extremely heavy person on him while doing a pull up. Not only was that astounding, he then managed to pull off a record breaking 104.55kg which was unfortunately off camera but documented non the less. David broke this record and ha held it since the 13th of October 2016, He is a Spanish youtuber and fitness enthusiast and constantly strives to be the best he can be.
Obviously these are world records, they are the best of the best and for the average ‘Joe’ such as myself, I could only ever imagine getting close to some of these records, and I’m sure I can speak for many when I say I have no intensions of ever getting there, however that doesn’t have to stop me from being fit and healthy much like many of these athletes. Quite frankly, I see it as motivation to make myself better and achieve things I thought I never could and I believe that everyone should do the same.
Especially during these difficult times, we find ourselves having a lot of free time or doing new things that we never thought we would be able to do prior. Use this as a way to challenge yourself, do something you haven’t done before, and aim to achieve some of your fitness goals that you never thought would be possible.
There are plenty of free resources online and on YouTube to help you and give you ideas to make yourself better in terms of fitness. For example maybe you have always wanted a six pack but have never had the time to do it, well, now is your chance. The best part is, these exercises are so extremely effective and require little to no equipment, the only thing you will need is yourself, and some motivation, and guess what, you have all the motivation you need right here, now it is just up to go for it.
Start doing those planks, find a bar and do some pull ups, don’t be afraid to start small, we are all at different levels and it will take some time to see noticeable improvements, but as long as you keep at it and try your best, there is nothing more you can do, and who knows, maybe after some time, you may be the one with the 8 hour planking record.