Virginia High Schooler Sets World Record of 7,306 Pull-Ups

Andrew Shapiro
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A Virginia high school student has smashed a world record with an amazing 7,306 pull-ups performed in a single day.

Seventeen-year-old Andrew Shapiro of McLean, Virginia, has set several records for the physical feat all in an effort to raise money for the American Cancer Society in tribute to his father’s struggle with colon cancer.

The Langley High School student put his mind to set three world pull-up records and succeeded in all of them.

A fan of the physical competition TV show American Ninja Warrior, Shapiro wanted to hit the record for pull-ups performed in six hours, 12 hours, and 24 hours and smashed them all.

With a full panel of 15 people judging his efforts and three separate video cameras to chronicle the event, Shapiro did 3,515 pull-ups in six hours, then hit the 5,724 mark by his 12th hour, and then continued on to perform 7,306 pull-ups by his eighteenth hour before he finally stopped. At each stop on the clock he set a new Guinness World Record.

The teen noted that the feat is built on months of hard work.

“It was blood, sweat and hours and hours and hours of hard work,” Shapiro told the media.

In preparation for his effort, the student even gave up baseball to focus on his physical conditioning.

“I’ve always liked challenging myself so I’ll add this to my resume as a person for American Ninja Warrior,” Shapiro added. “I figure they won’t say no to someone who has the world record for pull-ups.”

The event was a success in more ways than just breaking a record. He raised over $4,000 for his charity efforts.

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