CrossFit Affiliate Owner Nick Anapolsky Sets New Burpee World Record

September 7, 2021 by
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An affiliate owner from Ontario, CA, just threw down the gauntlet for CrossFitters around the world. Nick Anapolsky set a new world record for the number of burpees completed in one hour. He finished a staggering 879 reps and locked up a Guinness World Record.

Why this matters: The burpee is the movement that every CrossFitter has a love/hate relationship with. It’s the great equalizer that can make every person — Games athlete or everyday citizen — stop and bend over with their hands on their knees. 

  • The previous world record for burpees completed in one hour belonged to Macauley Jones. The Australian completed 870 reps in one hour back in 2019, becoming a Guinness World Record holder in the process. He averaged 14.5 reps per minute while Anapolsky averaged 14.65 reps per minute. 
  • Anapolsky completed the challenge at Polsky’s Strength and Conditioning. He posted a video of the final reps and the group of people cheering for him. Once the timer marked the end of the hour, the official scorekeeper confirmed that Anapolsky had hit 879. 

Anapolsky spoke to the University of Waterloo about his achievement: “This wasn’t about me breaking the record. It was about creating something exciting [related to] fitness during this slow time. I wish we could have opened the gym so people could come in and watch, but instead, we did a Livestream on Instagram and we had all our members watching from home.”

The affiliate owner showcased his burpee skills in April 2020, posting a WODProof video on Instagram and issued a challenge to his followers. He told them to complete 100 burpees for time. Every minute they had to stop and complete 10 air squats. Anapolsky finished in 4:23. More than one year later, he set the world record and set a new bar for his fellow CrossFitters.  

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