Nick Anapolsky The Burpees Master | The Guinness World Record Holder With 879 Burpees In 1 Hour

If you enjoy the gym or hate the hot box, which is a room full of heavy grunters who throw weights as soon as they pick them up, one thing seems to unite mankind as a whole: we hate burpees.

The two-part exercise is straightforward: a push-up followed by an air leap. 

Isn’t it simple ? 

This is wrong. 

In seconds, the heart rate increases, the arms tremble, and the jump into the air feels like you’re trapped in a swamp where you’d be lucky to get a millisecond of air time. Although some people can still round out a few burpees in the gym with a good flex, it pales in comparison to Mr Nick Anapolsky’s feats.


Anapolsky broke the Guinness World Record for the most burpees achieved in one hour by a male athlete on Saturday, March 6, 2021, when he performed a jaw-dropping 879 chest-to-ground burpees in one hour. The record is perplexing no matter how you look at it. However, when you break it down, it comes to an average of 14.65 burpees per minute for 60 minutes. It’s fair to say we’d be done after the first 14.

Anapolsky, 32, set the record at his CrossFit partner, Polsky’s Strength & Conditioning (PSC). Each burpee needed his chest to touch the ground and his arms to completely stretch on the floor – no short cuts here. Each rep began with a small hop from a standing position, but his arms were allowed to rest by his sides. In addition, his feet had to move half his height on each rep, which was weighed and marked with tape on the floor where his world record attempt was made.

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Anapolsky’s game plan was to attempt 15 burpees per minute with 10 to 12 seconds of rest per minute, equating to around 900 total reps and, by extension, 30 more than the previous record. It was a lofty target, but Anapolsky came dangerously close to achieving it. 


He didn’t quite make it, but his “sprint-stop more than a straight-through hour” was more successful, and he was able to capture the record.

According to Barbend, Anapolsky will keep the record, but he also praises his support team for helping him accomplish such a feat. According to the paper, “Bronwyn Steens, one of the CrossFit athletes assisting Anapolsky in keeping the pace during the hour, told CTV News, who broke the story first, that they had undergone weeks of preparation leading up to the record attempt.” She and several others took turns doing burpees alongside Anapolsky at the speed he was aiming for.

The psychological advantage of not attempting the attempt alone cannot be overstated. “I think, just emotionally, getting someone else doing it together with you is super helpful,” Stevens told CTV News.

If you’re wondering if Anapolsky is just a superhuman machine or whether he did, in reality, feel some exhaustion, it turns out he is human after all – although barely. He acknowledged that the “wall of exhaustion” set in throughout the final three minutes, which he found the most challenging. In an interview after the successful attempt, he said, “It’s pretty cool” that he has “done the most in the entire world.”

What Is Burpee And How To Do Burpees Properly ?

What Is Burpee ?

Burpees, despite their humorous name and maybe not being as well-known as pushups or squats, are a demanding exercise that work all of your body’s major muscle groups.

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A burpee is basically a two-part exercise that consists of a pushup followed by an air leap.

Doing many burpees in a row can be exhausting, but the payoff can be worth it, particularly if you’re looking for a way to build strength and stamina while burning calories and improving your cardio fitness.

Here’s how to perform burpees properly and safely.

How to Do a Burpee Correctly ? | Step By Step Instruction

  1. Begin in a squat form with your knees bent, back straight, and feet shoulder-width apart.
  2. Reduce your hands to the floor in front of you, just inside your feet.
  3. Kick your feet back until you’re on your hands and toes and in a pushup position, with your weight on your hands.
  4. Do one pushup while holding the body straight from head to heels. Remember not to slump your back or stick your buttocks in the air.
  5. Jump your feet back to their starting position to perform a frog kick.
  6. Stand up and stretch your arms above your head.
  7. Jump into the air quickly so that you land right where you started.
  8. Get into a squat position as soon as you land with your knees bent and repeat.


  • Timothy P. Carnes

    Timothy P. Carnes is a certified personal trainer with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from the University of Florida. With over 8 years of experience in the fitness industry, Timothy is an expert in strength and conditioning, body composition, and overall health and wellness. He also holds certifications in strength and conditioning through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and corrective exercise through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). As an author at FitGAG, he shares his knowledge and expertise on a variety of topics, including strength training, body composition, and overall health and wellness tips. Timothy believes that consistency and discipline are the keys to achieving fitness goals, and he strives to inspire his readers to prioritize their fitness and wellness journey. Through his articles, Timothy aims to empower his readers to take control of their health, enhance their performance, and live their best lives.

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