Some of the world records for push-ups are pretty amazing. Paddy Doyle did 1,500,230 in a single year. Minoru Yoshida did 10,507 non-stop. There are some pretty insane folks on that list.

Posted by jzawodn at August 29, 2002 11:31 PM

Reader Comments
# Charles Linster said:

I was surfing the web and found your URL on push-ups. As a former world record holder in this event (1965-1976) I was impressed.

Charles Linster

on January 1, 2003 05:41 PM
# Ian said:

You're an inspriation to life itself, Charles. I found your personal story uplifting as you defined life as "a struggle" not a triumph. I too hope to look back and hope I "struggled" well. I think you're right though, it is this struggle that gives the triumph perspective, the countless hours of training that go to make a difference (in some cases) for a fraction of a fraction of a second can be summed up in the "struggle." It is this innate drive to improve no matter the odds that ultimately will make or break the human race. But it is your indominatble spirit that will eventually lead us back to the light.


on February 5, 2006 12:22 PM
# Charles Linster said:

Of all the comments I've received about "Ulysses' Yield," Ian's was the best. Do you have his E-mail address so that I can write him directly? Failing this, can you contact him, give him my E-mail address and tell him to contact me?

on June 1, 2006 09:54 PM
# Chas said:

My push up record is not worth mentionoing when I look at these guyshowever the worlds longest list of football fans is a chance for everyone to become a record breaker , just add your name and team you support.

on September 3, 2006 02:01 PM
# Sebastian Thomas said:


I was amazed reading the list of pushups records. It seems unbelievable that a man can endure so much. However, I must say that nothing is impossible, and there is no limit too. Sir, I also want to make a record in pushups. I want the world to know me, I dont want to live anonymously. Please help me and guide me so that I can start my training for the same. Presently I go to the gym and can my best score in push ups is 100 (ofcourse not in a minute)
All i want to say that is that I want to do something.

Your guidance will be highly appreciated

Thanking You
Sebastian Thomas

on October 17, 2006 01:10 AM
# Zac said:


Just do as many pushups as you can. Focus on nutrition mostly, that is the most difficult part. Focus on making one more push up each time you try and if you do that, you'll eventually break the world record.

I've gotten 9 pushups in a row so far. Thats up from -1-1/2 last week!

on October 18, 2006 07:30 AM
# Lee said:

I am stunned and inspired at many levels by Charles Linster's story. Is there any way to send him an email. I have several questions. 1) How did he do the push ups every day. Didn't his body need time to recover? At least doing them every other day? I would like to increase my level as well but don't want to do them daily unless he says it is okay. 2) In the picture of him setting the record, his hands are pointing outward. This seems like it would make it even harder to do them! Was the style a little different than it is now? What a story! I find myself thinking to myself, "You, Lee, accept your limits too readily. Start pushing yourself for your dreams and believe the impossible (what seems impossible to each person may vary)and risk pursuing it." Last question: what does Charles do now or has he done for employment/career thru the years?

on November 27, 2007 02:48 PM
# Syed said:

Dear friend,
i am confused about the world record in one set,sometime b4 i was doing pushups 100-120 and single hand about 25-35 just as a fun without the practice,is it possible for me to make the record if i will practice for that.i have a good resistence but i dont know the goal to acheive.
please inform me through the mail about the present guiness record in a single set...

on November 10, 2008 10:57 PM


on December 15, 2008 09:48 PM
# Seth G said:

I just started doing push-ups again last night, stopping when i was a junior wrestling in high school. But anyways i always found that doing three sets with three minute intervals every night and morning except on the weekends worked great to build muscle and tone to your upper body and you increase greatly over night..For example last night i did 77, 54, 49. and this morning i did 102, 87, 54. So i am already seeing results in my stamina and can feel it in my muscles, sore as hell. Trick is to do as many as you can w/o stopping until you physically cannot do anymore. Takes a lot of discipline however.. Have fun :)

on January 2, 2009 03:59 PM
# fredd said:

the most push up i eva done was like 20 i focus on like a friend that thinks he can beat me and that pushes me to the limit all i need is a littlk competition.

on November 18, 2009 10:03 PM
# Jhette said:

I started push-up when i was 10year old, but it was just for curiousity and for fun after watching bruce lee movie. But in my teenage years i started to bet guys older than iam by doing more reps than they could. But my most reps was just 95 in my senior high school year i was 17 that time. Now 10 years after i can only do 65 the most because i stopped training, i think because of lack of interest and there are other priorities to do so. But after reading some articles from the God of push-up i think i'm inspired to train back again. and hopefully i can set another personal record of my own someday better than 95reps... Thanks sir.

on December 26, 2009 10:21 AM
# Ray and Ryan said:

Dear sabastion, dont feel bad although your 100 push ups is complete garbage compared to the record of 10,503 but its way better than 9 push up from your boy friend zac, hes a faggot peice of shit eating, anal ranger, butt pirate, looking for your Sebastian booty hole. Maybe those 9 pushups were cock pushups instead, that would be more believable for the elton john lover.

on January 21, 2010 09:11 AM
# Nelly said:

Well I still got a long way to go. Only 30 push ups in a row.

on March 21, 2010 07:01 PM
# godspeed said:

dear Seth G,

you *claimed* "For example last night i did 77, 54, 49. and this morning i did 102, 87, 54. So i am already seeing results in my stamina and can feel it in my muscles"

however i contest that clearly your obviously a liar.

-over 1 night you don't see results
-you would get worse results without full recovery unless your muscles have been trained to be sore everyday (ex: wrestling)

some people just want to look cool over the internet. Its a shame i cant tell this to your face IRL. And you will probly never see this comment.

on April 14, 2010 05:15 PM
# said:

I went to school and knew Charles Linster from 7th grade through the first two years of high school. Right up to the point of his injury. He lived two doors down from my house in Wilmette, IL. We used to hang out together quite often. The size of his arm muscles were bigger than most adult men when he was in high school. He is a kind and friendly man and was well-liked in school. I remember seeing him on a late night TV show, I think it was Irv Kupcinet, doing a pushup demonstration. He was like a machine once he got going. He would "zone out" and go into a trance and you couldn't really talk to him. He was really good at gymnastics in high school and that was also his downfall. He was practicing on the parallel bars without a spotter and did a dismount and broke his back. He actually had plans of joining the Marines before the accident crippled him for life. But he is a fighter and was able to continue on and have a meaningful life. I lost contact with him when I moved from Wilmette back in 2006.

on April 21, 2010 08:03 PM
# Ryan said:

I didnt check and read every post, but in general with any exexercise, a good rule of thumb is "if it isnt sore, your not done" try to focus on a maximum of 5 sets only. and for every set going till failure(till you cant do anymore) repeat those same sets every day until you feel soreness in the muscles. Once you feel soreness, rest those muscles until the soreness is gone. Repeat that same cycle.

The reason why you stop when your sore is because that means your muscles have worked hard and they now need time to rest. Whether its repairing fibers or getting rid of toxins.

Body weight exercises are a gtreat way to build speed and strength. ----Every month or so, REST for A FULL WEEK, maybe 2.---- This allows you body to fully repair After a month of pushups i went from 15-50. after two weeks of rest i went to 61.

It takes dedication to keep up your workouts but the more you do it, the faster your body adapts and grows. Same goes for running and jumping. Your body makes what it needs in order for you todo what your doing. Functional fitness is a must if you plan to have a strong body. Weights are not everything.

Hope this helped.

on April 27, 2010 08:23 AM
# Terry said:

I'm at 865 non-stop.

on July 8, 2010 10:24 PM
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone. My current, past, or previous employers are not responsible for what I write here, the comments left by others, or the photos I may share. If you have questions, please contact me. Also, I am not a journalist or reporter. Don't "pitch" me.


Privacy: I do not share or publish the email addresses or IP addresses of anyone posting a comment here without consent. However, I do reserve the right to remove comments that are spammy, off-topic, or otherwise unsuitable based on my comment policy. In a few cases, I may leave spammy comments but remove any URLs they contain.