DAVID GOGGINS (NAVY SEAL) HITS PULL-UP LIMIT   Leave a comment

This just in from Special Operations Warrior Foundation, reporting on David Goggins’ (Navy SEAL) quest to set a new world record for pull-ups and raise awareness for the SpecialOperations Warrior Foundation:

Endurance athlete and motivational speaker DavidGoggins began his quest to break the Guinness World Record of 4,020 pull-ups in 24 hrs. in the @todayshow studio just after 8 am on Sept. 27th.

After 6 hours and 30 minutes in, David had completed 2011 pullups (halfway to the record). By 9:15 pm, after 13.5 hours David completed pull-up 2588. He had been in considerable pain for hours as a severe bulge burst through the skin of his right wrist. A medical x-ray at 10:30pm confirmed a right extensor polycis complex partial tear. Basically, the tear rendered his thumb and wrist useless and he was no longer able to grip the bar. The pull-up bar David used for the Guinness challenge was poorly designed. David used a totally different bar during the months of training prior to this event. He didn’t realize how poorly constructed it was and what a difference it would make in his attempt. As the bar weakened, he was dealing with a lot of sway, a left to r…ight movement, which worsened as time went on. David’s crew tried to come up with solutions such as bracing the bar on either side to stabilize it, but were unable to do so. This is what caused the most problems as David lost a lot of energy trying to pull up on an unstable bar. He had to tighten his grip considerably because the bar was moving so much, and he believes this is what caused the forearm injury.

The numbers: David did 2,588 pull-ups in 566 TOTAL sets. That’s 4.6 pull-ups PER set.

David did 216 sets on the minute before taking his first break longer than 60 seconds (12:02 pm).

David did 2.9 pull-ups EVERY minute for 15 hours when he officially ended. That’s INCLUDING the 3 hours at the end, when he did ZERO..

David did AT LEAST 6 pull-ups in his first 111 sets.

David got to 1,000 pull-ups in 2 hrs 48 minutes and 2,000 pull-ups in 3 hrs 34 minutes.

Most importantly, David helped raise awareness and thousands of dollars for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation @SOWF, which provides full college scholarships to the children off fallen military warriors, and you can still donate by going to specialops.org or shownoweakness.com.

As David says, “You can fail, as long as you get back up again. I’ve failed plenty of times, but I just keep going. I’m just an ordinary man. I’m David Goggins, a guy who never gives up, who believes that any man or woman can push beyond their own limits with the right combination of will, focus, determination and discipline.”

Mission accomplished.

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