HER Story: Fitness record-breaker Eva Clarke discusses inner strength

By Kristen Stephenson
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Women’s History Month is an annual celebration in March that highlights the contributions of women to events in history, as well as their outstanding landmark achievements.

At Guinness World Records, we have seen our female record holders reach remarkable milestones, so to mark Women's History Month we're running a series called "HER Story." 

We've spoken to some of these women about their records and their lives, to help celebrate their achievements and inspire others.

We continue the series with Eva Clarke, a super fit Australian mum of three, who has overcome personal adversities to show her strength through record-breaking.

Who is Eva Clarke?

Eva Clarke is an unstoppable force in the world of fitness. 

At a young age, Eva found refuge in fitness and sports, as she grew up in a household where her mother battled schizophrenia, causing Eva and her siblings to be taken into the foster care system on several occasions.

Eva's chaotic childhood prompted her to pursue a structured job with the Australian Army, where she began a career in conditioning and training – aspiring to motivate others to be their best selves on a day-to-day basis.

She has tackled family hardships, illness and ultra-marathons – but arguably her most impressive feats to date are her ten record titles that even the most vigorous athletes would find challenging.

Conquering an array of disciplines, Eva has now become a serial record breaker, holding titles that range from the Most burpees in 24 hours (female) to the Most pull ups in 12 hours - demonstrating what someone can accomplish with a positive mindset and unwavering persistence.

On becoming a female record holder

"It’s always a fantastic feeling when you achieve your goals - I am always feeling relieved and exhilarated after I complete a record.

"This is especially true when I tackle the 24-hour records, since they really start to mess with your mindset about eight hours into the challenge.

"I always reflect on my first attempt [Most knuckle push ups in 24 hours (female)], as it paved the way for all my other attempts. It was the first time I had pushed myself to such extremes, and when I think about the 9,241 knuckle push-ups I always think, 'What will I do next?!'

"My first attempt was my favourite - it was the first time I had the courage to take on such a physical feat and it has led to so many more Guinness World Records titles.

"A lot of people think that I am quite impressive because I do all my push ups and burpees on my knuckles, but the truth is I have keinbocks disease in my right wrist and needed to find a way to continue doing what I love.

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"It sounds cliche but if you have the will, there’s a way!

"And that’s what I did - I found ways that I could still do what I love. Instead of saying 'I can’t do this', I modified everything to build the strength and find a new method of success.

"I always say that each record is my last one, but I love the way the challenges bring everyone together. When those involved start pushing their own limits, it pushes me to keep going because I believe that my records serve as motivation for other women.

"Whether they realise it or not, women inspire each other to achieve greatness.

"Although I have much ahead of me, I know my challenges encourage other women, the same way other women have motivated me to push beyond what I thought possible.

"Yes, we compete against each other, but we also support one another - and I love hearing about their success stories.

"For any girl doubting herself - stop thinking and start making an action plan to be your best.

"Records are meant to be broken, so go out there and break them!

"In the fitness community, inspiration comes from what women go out and achieve. I think the more we support each other, the more we face challenges in all aspects of our personal lives to become stronger as a whole."