Gold Coast Ironman sets pull up world record

GOLD Coast Ironman Caine Eckstein has today broken the Guinness World Record for the most pull ups over a 12 and a 24 hour period.

Eckstein took 12 hours to smash the record in New York by producing 4210 pull ups within that time beating the previous record of 4182.

By holding the pace of six pull ups per minute for the first ten hours and then easing back to five pull ups for the next two hours and adding 10 for good measure, Eckstein was able to break both the 24 hour record and the 12 hour Guinness World Record as well which was previously set at 4020.


The five-time Coolangatta Gold champion and previous Nutri-Grain Series winner is elated and says he stayed focused during the attempt.

“I am so relieved to have beaten the previous score and be a Guinness World Record holder,” he said. “The training for this attempt was really enjoyable.”

“With the Coolangatta Gold and the Nutri-Grain Series coming up, 90 per cent of my training was tailored to that and I just added a few specific pull up sessions each week. Today was tough though – trying to break both the 12 and 24 hour record in 12 hours was a big ask.

“Seven hours in my right bicep was giving me some trouble and I was quite scared not knowing if it would get worse but luckily it didn’t and I was able to stick to my plan.

“Being live on the Today Show in New York made me quite nervous but I just backed myself and thank goodness it worked. As an athlete I love succeeding in pressure situations so it was a similar feeling to my IronMan racing.”

There is no rest for Eckstein. He will return to Australia in the coming days and compete in the Coolangatta Gold on November 2 before racing in round one of the Nutri-Grain Series on Saturday November 29.