Brazilian MMA fighter Cassiano Laureano has broken the world record for the most burpees performed in 60 minutes, finishing 951 reps of the exercise in an hour.

Laureano, who lives in Singapore and had been training for this for nine months, celebrated his 35th birthday on the same day as the grueling challenge and originally planned to rep out over 1000 burpees in the attempt. Before starting, he had already performed 23,567 reps to become acclimatized to the full-body movement.

The new record, which has since been officially verified by Guinness World Records, was done to raise funds for his niece to fight an ongoing heart condition.

Speaking of the achievement, the MMA fighter said, “I’m tired. It didn’t go as smoothly as I thought it would but I’m very, very happy with the accomplishment.”

“I don’t know when I’ll get to see them,” said Laureano on his family, and how he wants to use his platform to help them. “It is the only thing I can do to help, using my athleticism.”

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He cruised past the previous world record of 879 burpees, which CrossFit athlete Nick Anapolsky performed earlier this year. Similarly, in 2020, 38-year-old personal trainer Alison Brown performed 730 chest-to-ground burpees in the space of an hour.

“It’s one of the toughest single exercises you can perform. It would not be fun if it was not the hardest,” said Rodrigues Laureano after the attempt.

“I could choose jumping jacks but it’s so easy. It has to be something that challenges you to become something better.”

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