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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