Since 1987, Paddy Doyle (UK) has acquired a plethora of impressive fitness world records, his most recent of which is the Longest time in an abdominal plank position with a 100-lb pack, which he achieved in Stamina’s Boxing Self Defense 1-2-1 Gym, in Balsall Common, West Midlands, UK.
Reclaiming the title he lost in 2014, Paddy managed to remain in the tough position for an incredible 4 min 41 sec – beating the previous record by an awe-inspiring 41 seconds – while carrying the equivalent weight of a chimpanzee, or two three-year-old children.
For the duration of the attempt, his body had to remain straight (with no bending at the knees or waist and no sagging of the back or hips).
Regularly referred to as the "world's fittest man" by reporters, the 49-year-old currently holds over 20 different titles including: Most push ups in 12 hours (19,325), Most squats in one minute carrying a 60 lb pack (44), Most star jumps in one minute carrying a 100 lb pack (33) and Most consecutive martial arts bouts (141).
Following a troubled childhood, punctuated with regular run-ins with the law, Paddy joined the British Army’s Parachute Regiment aged 20, where he represented his Battalion in cross country competitions and was awarded champion recruit for outstanding fitness levels and determination.
Once he left the army he took up judo, amateur boxing and gymnastics, before eventually becoming a record-breaking endurance athlete.
Back in 2012, Guinness World Records caught up with Paddy to talk about his toughest attempts and how he prepares for the gruelling record challenges.
“Guinness World Records means to me the ultimate; being the best in the world; being number one,” he says.