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Man Breaks Guinness World Record For Most Bench Presses Underwater

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If you're one of those gym rats who is constantly unsatisfied with their burn, always looking for the next rush, then how about going nautical with your sesh?

The only issue is that you'll have to get past this guy first, because he has gone and broken the Guinness World Record for the number of bench presses performed underwater.

Yep, Greg Wittstock, from the United States, plunged to the bottom of a lake in St. Charles, Illinois, and managed to bust out an incredible 62 bench presses before having to resurface.

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In the video posted online, he can be seen donning some rather dashing goggles before wading into the water with his weights. As his spotter gets into position to make sure, y'know, he doesn't die, Greg then sets off on his challenge.

The previous record was 42, but despite this, once he had reached the magic 43, Greg carried on and on until he had performed 62 full moves.

Greg managed an incredible 62 bench presses. Credit: Guinness World Record
Greg managed an incredible 62 bench presses. Credit: Guinness World Record

It's not the first time he has attempted the feat, mind. Greg had previously given it a go a month earlier in September 2019, but it was discounted because he didn't fully extend his arms.

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So, after emerging from the water on his second attempt, Greg said: "Hey, that was so fun. I got 62 and I got full extension all the way, so no problem.

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Reckon you could beat his record? Maybe you should try a land-based challenge first. How about the world planking record?

All you have to do is beat former US Marine George Hood, who managed to hold his plank for a whopping eight hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds.

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Greg had previously attempted the record but failed. Credit: Guinness World Record
Greg had previously attempted the record but failed. Credit: Guinness World Record

Speaking to the BBC, George said that an enormous amount of mental preparation is needed to complete something like this. He added that it also helps to have some old school rock and roll music playing.

"I have to totally disassociate myself from the reality of the clock. It's an art and a skillset that I have mastered over the years," he said.

"When I was growing up, I was fascinated with rock and roll - Van Halen, Motley Crue, Deep Purple. I would watch their videos when MTV came out and it fascinated me.

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"I always just wished I could be a rock star, just for 24 hours to live that dream - the limo rides, the buzz, the hype.

"I can assure you, for those eight hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds, I was that rock star."

Featured Image Credit: Guinness World Record

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