Italy’s Tazio Gavioli has successfully achieved the Most consecutive pinky pull ups title as part of a series of record attempts in tribute to his pet cat who lost a paw in an accident.

The 35-year-old exercise enthusiast – also known by his stage name 'Tazio Il Biondo' - is no stranger to record breaking having taken part in Ninja Warrior Italia and featured on China’s TV show CCTV, Guinness World Records Special, attempting intense challenges such as Fastest explosive pull up ascent (4m) and One arm inclined ladder climb - most consecutive rungs.

Now he has achieved the Most consecutive pinky pull ups, beating the previous mark by seven to secure an impressive new record of 23.

Here at Guinness World Records we hear all kinds of explanations for why people are inspired to break records, however Tazio may have supplied one of the most heartwarming motives ever, as he began strength training with one arm after his cat lost a paw in a car accident.

Tazio's cat Kali

"The first record I set was because of my cat," he explained.

"He lost a paw in a car accident and since then he climbed trees with only three paws. I was very sad for this, so for solidarity I began to climb with one arm and I accumulated enough strength to set the record for most number of vertical stairs climbed with one arm and then I continued with similar records."

Tazio with his Guinness World Records certificate

"Unfortunately, two years ago I lost Kali in another accident so now I try to conquer records as a tribute to him. This [pinky pull ups record] is only the latest, others will certainly follow – among them probably the longest time to maintain the human flag position."

The current record for the Longest duration to maintain a human flag is 1 min 5.71 seconds and was achieved by China’s Wang Zhonghua back in 2011.

Stay tuned to and the GWR YouTube channel to find out if Tazio can beat it!

Tazio’s talents have earned him a place in the Guinness World Records 2018 book alongside other exceptional fitness title holders.

Guinness World Records 2018 collection