Caine Eckstein is feeling a little sore.
The Australian endurance athlete set a new world record for pullups in a 24-hour period, hoisting himself up 7,620 times and smashing the previous mark of 7,306 set by American teenager Andrew Shapiro in May.
— Tom Hartley (@TomHartley_7) June 15, 2016
Because Eckstein hadn't heard of Shapiro's record, the Australian approached the feat aiming to reach 7,000 pullups, which would have bested the pre-Shapiro mark of 6,844 set by American Navy veteran Rodney Hahn. Luckily for Eckstein, his team informed him of Shapiro's exploits, giving him enough time to do the extra work, according to ABC News in Australia.
The 30-year-old was wiped after completing the record run, even though he hit the number with about 45 minutes to spare.
Caine Eckstein is the new world record holder for the most pull-ups in 24 hours. He has done 7620! pic.twitter.com/1uz4d9EdK3
— Michelle Rafferty (@raffertyreports) June 15, 2016
So yeah, Eckstein “pulled” off a pretty amazing feat. But we have some questions:
How many pullups did Eckstein do per minute/per hour?
Averaging Eckstein's 7,620 pullups across 24 hours equates to about 317.5 pullups per hour. At that rate, he was doing 5.29 pullups per minute. But since Eckstein completed the record with 45 minutes to spare, his exact rate was actually 329.15 pullups per hour, and nearly 5.5 pullups per minute.
What did Eckstein eat during his 24-hour session?
It’s unclear if Eckstein stopped and fueled up with a meal during the record run, but there’s a good chance he snuck in an energy bar or a sports drink at some point. As with any endurance exercise, 24-hour pullup marathons demand huge amounts of energy and hydration.
To wit: Assuming each pullup burns about 1 calorie—or even half a calorie, since Eckstein is obviously practiced and efficient with his pullup motion—Eckstein burned anywhere from 3,810 to 7,620 calories from the pullups alone, in addition to his body's baseline energy burn. That means Eckstein had to eat roughly three days' worth of food in 24 hours just to maintain his rate of exertion.
How many times did Eckstein use the bathroom?
Eckstein didn't say in his ABC interview. But we've reported that “the average person takes about 4–7 bathroom breaks a day.” By that standard, it’s likely that Eckstein snuck off a few times to relieve himself in between pullups.
Did Eckstein get any treatment while pulling off the record?
He sure did. Eckstein posted a photo to Instagram showing him getting some massage work and physio treatment from his trainer.
What was Eckstein's previous best?
Eckstein previously set the 12-hour and 24-hour world records for pullups during a broadcast on NBC's Today show. The Australian completed 4,210 pullups in that attempt, besting the previous half-day record at 4,020, and the 24-hour record of 4,182.
Did Eckstein suffer any injuries while attempting the record?
No, but he was feeling “worse for wear” after it was all done. "I'm just really really sore," Eckstein told ABC News in Australia.
How did Eckstein train and prepare to break the record?
By doing a TON of pullups. “The last six weeks I’ve done 9000 or 10,000 pull-ups a week,” he told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
Why did Eckstein go for the record attempt?
Eckstein likely wanted his name back on top, but that’s not the only reason why he went for the feat. He also released a new fitness app called “The 100 Club,” which offers users the chance to talk about fitness in a social media setting.
Will someone else try and break the new record?
Shapiro, Hahn, and John Orth have all gone after the record, and now that Eckstein has taken it back, there is a chance that one of those three—or someone else—could jump in and try to beat it.
If they do, will Eckstein try and break the record again?
Probably not. “I don't think I'll do it again, I think I gave it a good nudge and if someone beats it then good luck to them,” Eckstein told ABC News.
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