Australian man breaks world record for most push-ups done in one hour; tips to keep in mind while performing the exercise

Daniel Scali has successfully completed a staggering 3,249 push-ups, breaking the record of 3,206 set by fellow Australian, Lucas Helmke, in November 2022.

Guinness World RecordOnly three of Scali’s push-ups were discounted due to improper form. (Source: Guinness Book of Records)

Daniel Scali, a 30-year-old Australian health and fitness enthusiast, has claimed the record for the most push-ups done in an hour. Lui successfully completed a staggering 3,249 push-ups, breaking the record of 3,206 set by fellow Australian, Lucas Helmke, in November 2022. Scali had previously set the record in April 2022 with 3,182 lift.

To meet the standards set by Guinness World Record, a full pushup involves lowering the body until it is at least a 90-degree angle at the elbow, then lifting until the arms are straight. Though the arms don’t have to be locked completely at the elbow. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to touch your chest to the floor.

Only three of Scalis’ push-ups were served due to improper form.

What makes his achievement even more impressive is that he deals with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), a condition it causes constant pain in his left arm. He has lived with the condition since the age of 12, when he fell off a trampoline and severely fractured his left arm.

It’s the brain sending the wrong messages to my arm, Scali told the Guinness Book of World Records. So anything like soft touch, movement, wind, water, will cause me pain.

Scali wears a compression band on his left arm for pain relief, however, it’s still a huge hurdle to overcome during his record attempts. While attempting this record push-up, his arm became noticeably more sore around the eight minute mark.

She used the visualization method to help overcome the pain. During the six-second breaks she took between sets, she would visualize her body, paint it red, and then change it to yellow. Scali also used breathing techniques during alternating sets, in which he inhaled as much air through his nose as possible, then expelled the pain through his mouth.

Tips to keep in mind when doing pushups

Pushups target multiple muscle groups and improve upper body strength. (Source: Freepik)

Push-ups are kind of rhythmic gymnastics exercise that uses body weight as resistance. They basically mimic the movement pattern of a flat bench press, making them an ideal alternative to traditional weight lifting exercises. The main benefit of pushups lies in their adaptability, as you can change the load to suit your specific needs and abilities, from beginner wall pushups to full-body pushups, said Aminder Singh, founder of the Pushups. Team Aminder at

Explaining the benefits of push-ups, Jiggayasa Gupta, a fitness and nutrition coach, FITTR said it targets multiple muscle groups and improves upper body strength. Push-ups are great for your core, improve posture and heart health, and are a versatile exercise that can be done anywhere.

Steps to perform:

*Hands should be slightly outside shoulder width at chest level.
*Feet should be hip-width apart and parallel to each other, not turned in or out.
*Hips should be in line with shoulders, lower back should have a neutral curve, and abdominal muscles should be tight.
*The head must be positioned in a neutral position. The head and neck should not drop towards the floor or look up in front of the body.
*You can also do this pose on an elevated surface or against a wall, depending on your goals, strength, flexibility and ability.
* Maintaining pressure with hands, bend elbows to lower chest, hips and head to the ground, together as one.
* Get as close to the floor or wall as possible
* Reach neutral by engaging your pecs and imagine yourself pushing the ground away from you.

However, Singh noted that people with shoulder injuries should avoid doing straight pushups and focus on a progression that slowly builds strength in the shoulder area. This minimizes the risk of aggravating the injury.

Tailoring exercise to your current fitness level helps prevent unnecessary strain or potential injury. It’s essential to listen to your body, respect its limits, and modify your exercise accordingly, he concluded.

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First published on: 2023-07-16 at 16:25 CEST

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