Impossibility Challenger Games in Germany
- On Sunday, 21 participants from 10 countries surmounted the barrier of
Impossibility at the 14th "Impossibility Challenger" - World Record
Games in Dachau near Munich. Four Guinness World Records, 13 world
records and 11 personal records have been set.
Ashrita Furman of New York who has set the most Guinness Records in
the world covered one mile on stilts in 7 min 13 sec and therewith
broke the old Guinness World Record in this discipline (7:53 min). The
29-year old Jewgenij Kuschnow from Vienna set a new world record with
his strong legs. He did the splits between the roofs of 2 standing
cars for 36 sec. Ranjit Pal (45) will enter with the most rope skips
in one minute in the Guinness Book of World Records. He did more than
4 rope skips in one second - a total of 255 in 1 min. "Pushup with the
martial arts stick Gunâ" is the name of the record Petr Vaculin (28)
from Czech Republic set. He is the only person in the world who kept
his body in horizontal position for 1 min 49 sec with the legs at the
wall and the hands at the vertically adjusted stick at a height of 1.4
m. He also set 2 world records by jumping 87 times per minute and 127
times in 2 min over the martial arts chain "Bianâ" only with the help
of his gluteal muscles seated on ground.
Read the full article together with photos (among them a historical
picture of the IC founder Sri Chinmoy at the first Games in Zurich) on
- I'd like to boast here about my personal achievement on Impossibility
Challenger. I did 1013 squats in 1 hour. It is my personal record and
I'm very happy about it. It is by God's grace that I did it, that I
trained for it.
The idea to try to do maximum amount of squats came as inspiration
from another disciple who is doing cycling and was doing squats as
training for about 15 min. So I got inspired to try how many squats I
am able to do. I did 500. Than I could not walk properly for about one
week. But it inspired me to try it on Impossibility Challenger.
I'm going to fitness center 4 times a week for 1.5 - 2 hours. In the
period of one week I train all main body muscles. Last few weeks
before Impossibility Challenger I trained front thighs specially hard.
For the front thighs I did about 5 series for about 10 repetitions
squats with dumbbell on my shoulders. I was increasing wait and
finishing with 80 kg dumbbell.
Than I did walking lunges with the same repetitions and with 24 kg in
my hands. The same for "leg press", finishing with 120kg. My muscles
were already in fire. Than the same for "leg extensions" until my
muscles were already burning and I could not do one more.
Than I did 2 exercises for back thighs (with less intensity). And I
finished with 200 squats without additional wait. By the way I weight
Now when I recover, I'm looking forward to do even harder training and
on next Impossibility Challenger I'll challenge my own personal record.
I admire those who do World Records. And to have 80 Word Records like
Ashrita is really colossal. Congratulations to all record breakers.
- Congratulations. I have tremendous admiration for impossibility
challengers. I sometimes have to work all night and think I might try
a 'reading-poems-without-a-break-for-as-many-days-and-nights-as-possible- if such a challenge is registrable!
I don't know when I'll get the regular life-style and discipline to
train for something great which requires physical strength but I am
trying to run a bit every day. It was part of my New Years Resolution.
Another of my resolutions was not to get disheartened if I break any
of my resolutions - and that is the one resolution I'm managing to keep!
When it comes to strength exercises I am getting good at pressups,
inspired by Mukti at the Circus last year. I do them when my computer
is busy doing something and try to do 27 before returning to the
keyboard. It's a bit 'from the sublime to the ridiculous' as they say
- to think of that when reading about your fantastic achievement - but
it might inspire some readers to get more joy and less stress from
working on the computer. I call it the 'Free Gym.' Does anyone else
have secret ways of gaining physical strength during ordinary
How long did it take for your legs to recover from your amazing
record? I hope they are ok now.
All the best with your future impossibility challenger events.
And again - congratulations!
- Thank you. The real muscles pain comes after 2 days of extreme
exercise. I think it will last one week. I walk like robocop on flat
surface, on stairs I walk like I am 100 years old.
After normal exercise I have no or minimal muscles pain, because I
exercise more less regularly, but this was extreme.