India’s Rohtash Choudhary has set a new Guinness World Record for the most pushups in one minute while carrying an 80lb (approx 37 kg) backpack at an event celebrating International Day of Yoga in Faridabad, Haryana. Rohtash successfully performed 51 pushups while carrying the equivalent of 15 house bricks on his back.
The world record attempt was organised by Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust, with the support of Baba Ramdev, with over 100,000 people claimed to be in attendance. There was also an official from the Guinness World Records, adjudicator Rishi Nath, to verify and authenticate the record.
For official record purposes, Rohtash had to get perfect pushups. The body has to remain straight throughout (with no bending at the knees or waist) and must be lowered until at least a 90-degree angle is attained at the elbow, before being raised again until the arms are straight.
Rohtash, 30, said he practiced for six hours daily to beat the record, and claimed to not get professional training to overcome this gruelling challenge. In the future, he hopes to break some more fitness records. The previous record for this category was 38, multiple fitness record-breaker Paddy Doyle of the UK.