What is the Guinness World Record for burpees?

Robert Brooks Contributor
Guinness world record for burpees
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Answer: the Guinness World Record for burpees is 4,689. On Sunday, July 7th, 2019 Army ROTC cadet Bryan Abell, 23, completed 4,689 burpees in 12 hours to raise money and awareness for active and retired soldiers and their families.


On Sunday, July 7th 23-year-old Army ROTC cadet Bryan Abell set a Guinness world record for burpees, completing 4,689 in 12 hours. His original goal was 4,500. The burpee, or squat thrust, is a full-body exercise used in strength training and as an aerobic exercise. The basic movement is performed in four steps and known as a “four-count burpee”. First, you begin in a standing position. Next, you move into a squat position with your hands on the ground. Continuing, you then kick your feet back into a plank position, while keeping your arms extended. Then, Immediately return your feet into the squat position and finish it by standing up from the squat position. See below.

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The exercise was named in the 1930s for American physiologist Royal H. Burpee, who developed the burpee test and it’s fair to say that Abell passed with flying colors. Abell wasn’t just doing this for fun or as a way to stay in shape. These grueling movements were done for a purpose which was to raise money and awareness for the Stronger Warrior Foundation, a nonprofit he founded with his sister Katelyn. According to their website, the mission of the Stronger Warrior Foundation is to “keep active, retired, and the families of United States service members strong financially, mentally, and physically.”

Guinness world record for burpees

Marines do burpees, which work the entire body, during a physical fitness and weapons knowledge test on the USS San Antonio in the Gulf of Aden, Aug. 30, 2016. The Marines, assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, are maintaining regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ryan Young




Part of the entire half-day challenge was recorded and uploaded to Facebook, where Reuters picked it up and spliced it into the short video below. You can find out more information about the Stronger Warrior Foundation by visiting their website. You can sign up for Tag The Flag’s newsletter to have stories like these delivered directly to your inbox every day.


Cover Photo: Bryan Abell is a United States Army ROTC Cadet at Michigan State University. He recently set the World Record for chest-to-ground Burpees in 12 hours. Credit: Bryan Abell