VIDEO: Challenging the world pull-up champion
He's the world pull-up champion.
This National University of Singapore undergraduate did 44 pull-ups in one minute, beating the previous record of 42.
When I met Mr Yeo Kim Yeong at the gym, I discovered that he was a good 20cm shorter than me and weighed significantly less.
He was also soft spoken and down to earth.
After our interview, I challenged him to see who could do more pull-ups in 20 seconds.
I mean, how often do you come across Guinness World Record holders?
Bear in mind these were supposed to be the record-breaking type of pull-ups, not just the basic IPPT standard.
The body has to be straight as a plank, with almost no bending.
Of course, I was given a lot more leeway.
I struggled, grunting from the first pull, the strain on my under-used arm muscles becoming almost too much to bear.
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After my third pull-up, I was struggling to even hold on to the bar.
Not very different from a movie scene, where a man slowly slips from the cliff one finger at a time.
At the end of 20 seconds, I let go, thinking it was a pretty decent attempt.
Then Mr Yeo did 22. In 20 seconds.
I am not sure what I was expecting, considering he is the Guinness World Record holder.
Guess I’ll be sticking to my day job.
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