Body by burpees: Raleigh firefighter sets Guinness World Record in the gym

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Raleigh firefighter sets Guinness World Record for burpees
Nick Christopoulos broke the record for most burpees in 12 hours at a Raleigh gym.

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- A Raleigh firefighter is an unofficial Guinness World Record holder, pending paperwork.

5,297. That's how many burpees Nick Christopoulos said he did on Sunday in an un-air-conditioned gym.

"It was as it sounds, awful...yeah."

His venture to hold the title started simply enough- for every call at his firehouse, he'd do 100 burpees.

"The day I started, I did 1,300 in one day."

The 30-year-old's endurance appears to be genetic. One of his brothers is also a firefighter and Ultra Marathoner. His other brother is a minor league hockey player.

Originally, Christopoulos wanted to set the record at his fire station, but COVID-19 slammed the door on that. Instead, a friend offered up their gym.

Christopoulos says that since he started his journey for the title, the record had been broken twice - adding 600 more burpees than previously expected.

"It was pretty devastating," he said after learning the news while training, "but it made me train even harder."

With no AC after 12 hours of burpees, pending paperwork, the record is his. For now, Nick says he'll take a well-deserved week off.