Burpees squats it’s the gym workout everyone loves to hate: you start standing up, squatting, putting your hands on the floor, jumping back in a push-up, inverting and getting back up.
Now do this 951 times. That was the amount of burpee squats that a Brazilian living in Singapore completed in one hour, breaking the record and joining the Guinness in an attempt to raise money for the niece who was born last year with a serious heart disease.
The search for the record last month by Cassiano Rodrigues Laureano, who turned 35 on the day of the attempt, was verified by the judges of the Book of records on Monday.
“I’m tired,” said Laureano, after completing the record at the city’s Tricolor Fight Team gym, where he teaches. “It wasn’t as smooth as I thought it would be.”
“But I’m really, really happy with what I got.”
Born in São Gabriel, a city in southern Brazil, Laureano, who is also a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, said he was motivated by the promise made to his niece, Rebeca.
“I don’t know when I’ll be able to see them,” Laureano said, of the family he hasn’t met since moving to Singapore in May 2019. “So it’s the only thing I could do to help… use my athleticism.” .
Laureano’s original goal was 1,000 reps, but he fell slightly short of a leg injury sustained two days before the attempt. He had trained for about nine months before breaking the record.