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Updated-Navy SEAL David Goggins to Attempt World Record for Most Pull-Ups

Friday, September 28, 2012  
Posted by: Edie Rosenthal
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(Sept 26) - On Thursday, Sept 27, Navy SEAL David Goggins will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the "Most Pull-Ups” in a 24-hour period to raise awareness and funds for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a top-rated nonprofit organization supporting the families of fallen and wounded Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps Special Operations personnel.

Goggins’ efforts will be covered by Today on NBC, where a pull-up bar is being installed so his progress can be monitored throughout the show on Thursday and on Friday morning for the finale. The current Guinness record for the number of pull-ups is 4,020 by Stephen Hyland, set on July 23, 2011, at his personal gym in Stoneleigh, UK.

Goggins will appear on Today from 8:00 am – 8:30 am (EST) when he kicks off his 24-hour period of pull-ups. The show will monitor the pull-ups and have the finale on Friday between 8:00 am – 8:30 am.

If anyone can break this record, it is David Goggins. As a Navy SEAL, ultramarathon runner and Ironman competitor - plus a veteran of numerous other endurance races - Goggins often puts himself into situations that he doesn’t like and pushes himself to extreme limits to raise funds for a charity he is passionate about, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

In 2005, several of Goggins’ fellow Navy SEALs were killed in a helicopter crash during a mission in Afghanistan. To honor them, he vowed to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which ensures a full college education to the children of fallen special operations personnel. Goggins rationalized that to raise money, he would have to do something extreme and phenomenal — not to mention downright painful.

He says that after he went on the Internet and "Googled the 10 hardest events in the world”, he found the Badwater Ultramarathon, a legendary 135-mile race through Death Valley, CA.

In 2007, with little distance running under his belt, David finished 3rd place at the grueling Badwater Ultramarathon, and the running world took notice. Although he admits he hates running, David continued to push himself by competing in other ultramarathons to raise awareness for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, always keeping in mind the sacrifices of his fallen brothers.

One year later, in recognition of his philanthropic efforts, Runners’ World magazine named David Goggins a "Hero of Running”.

To show your support of David Goggins, visit online

To learn more about David Goggins, watch this video interview,

UPDATE...Sept. 28. 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 Today Show studio just after 8 am on Sept. 27th.After 6 hours and 30 minutes in, David had completed 2011 pullups (halfway to the record). By9:15 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 right 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 SOWF. 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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