Through sheer strength and determination, high school junior Andrew Shapiro shattered a world record. His journey to the world record started seven months ago.
Shapiro’s world record was heavily inspired by his father’s 5 year long battle against colon cancer. Shapiro’s father was diagnosed in 2011 with stage 4 colon cancer and has endured years of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. As his father refused to give up, Shapiro wasn’t going to accept defeat either.
In honor of his father, Shapiro set out to break the world record for pull-ups. According to the Washington Post, he practiced for hours and hours at a time, even giving up his spot on his school’s baseball team. He ate, slept, and breathed pull-ups.
The previous world record for pull-ups was set in 2015 with a staggering 6,800 pull-ups. 18 hours after stepping up to the pull-up bar, Shapiro completed his final pull-up, number 7,306. That is a mind-boggling record that will surely stand for some time.
“It was blood, sweat and hours and hours and hours of hard work,” Shapiro said in the understatement of the year.
More important than a world record, after his long 5 year battle, Shapiro's father is now cancer free.