Navy Veteran Seeks To Reclaim Pullup Record With 8,000 In A Day
Rodney Hahn wants his title back. In 2015, the Virginia Beach trainer and Navy veteran smashed two Guinness World Records...
Rodney Hahn wants his title back.
In 2015, the Virginia Beach trainer and Navy veteran smashed two Guinness World Records for pullups – hammering out 6,737 in 24 hours – on a dockside patio at the Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club.
But a Northern Virginia teenager has since taken the title, completing more than 7,300 pullups last year. So Hahn, now 56, has a new goal: an eye-popping 8,000 pullups in a day.
“It’s not my first rodeo,” he said. “I know how to train. I know what to expect. The hardest part is the sleep deprivation, and there’s no training for that.”
Hahn works out six days a week, building his endurance in small but “ferocious” increments – never more than 45 minutes at a time. Sundays are technically his rest day, he said, although he usually spends them riding bikes or swimming with his 11-year-old daughter .
Hahn is in his 20th year as a physical trainer and fitness director at the Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club. Clients know what he’s chasing. Some even seek him out because of it, he said. He’s almost lost others because of the intensity of his workouts – but they usually come back with a little encouragement, he said.
“I’ve learned that you can do what you put your mind to,” he said. “I’ve always believed that I could do it. It’s just a matter of incrementally moving toward it.”
Hahn says he has managed to stay relatively healthy over the years, with the exception of a few sore joints here and there. Nothing he can’t work through, he said.
By the end of the year, he hopes to break two other world records: 30 chin-ups in a minute, carrying a 20-pound weight, and 57 pushups in a minute (on his 57th birthday), carrying a 60-pound weight.
As for the 8,000 pullups in 24 hours: “That’s the easy one,” he said.
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