World Records for Sit-Ups (Abdominal Raises)

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The Rules

(If you want to break a record that is published in a record book or governed by an international authorithy, there may be other or additional rules. See here for more information.) The following are the rules of the Book of Alternative Records:
  1. The sit-ups have to be performed with knees always bent (at a 90-degree angle), hands behind or besides the head. Feet can be fixed or not.
    In the "up" position, the elbows must touch the thighs and the body should come up to approx. 90 degrees.
    In the "down position", the shoulders must touch the ground.
  2. No abdominal frame must be used.
  3. Two referees must count the sit-ups using a scoring sheet.
    A score sheet should show the number of sit-ups for each set. It could look like:
    start time: 11:14:00
    reps: 10 5 5 3 = 23 at 11:17:40
    reps: 5 5 0 = 33 at 11:19:55 etc.
    break from 13:17 to 13:55 etc.
    The times given in the score sheet should correspond to the time shown by a running clock that should be visible all the time in one of the videos. This makes the confirmation of your count much easier.
    If one referee disallows a single sit-up (for example because the elbows did not touch the thighs), this sit-up does not count.
  4. The person attempting the record can take rest breaks as often as he or she wishes, but the clock does not stop during these breaks. During the rest breaks, the record breaker can leave his/her position.
  5. At least one of the witnesses should be a certified fitness trainer or sports referee. A video (side view) of the whole attempt should be provided (DVD preferred, but VHS or miniDV would be an option).

    Please note that we are very strict with the rules. For this reason, it is highly recommended to upload a video of you doing the exercise to YouTube or a similar service BEFORE the actual attempt. We can review your style and (if necessary) give recommendations for improving it such that it complies to our rules. We do not want to disappoint you AFTER the attempt.


5 MINUTES, MEN

268
David Begiashvili (Georgia) at Zurab Zviadauri Judo School in  Akhmeta, Kakheti, Georgia on 19 November 2012


5 MINUTES, WOMEN

219
Alicia Weber (USA) in Clermont, Florida, USA on 6 October 2011
231
Alicia Weber (USA) in Clermont, Florida, USA on 6 June 2012

30 MINUTES, MEN

1,337 Guy Schott (USA) at Sonomy County Family YMCA in Santa Rosa, California, USA on 7 November 2009
1,430
David Begiashvili (Georgia)
at Zurab Zviadauri Judo School in  Akhmeta, Kakheti, Georgia on 25 July 2011

30 MINUTES, WOMEN

795
Alicia Weber (USA) in Clermont, Florida, USA on 11 June 2010
927
Alicia Weber (USA) in Clermont, Florida, USA on 24 April 2012
(Note: Hands were kept on the side of the head for this attempt. Recordsetter.com has an own category for this variant of sit-ups.)
1,107
Janhavi Mahadik (India)
at Regain Fitness Center in Airoli, Navi Mumbai, India on 14 June 2012
(note: the video shows a previous attempt by her)

ONE HOUR, MEN

2,477
Guy Schott (USA) at Sonomy County Family YMCA in Santa Rosa, California, USA on 7 November 2009

ONE HOUR, WOMEN

2,007
Janhavi Mahadik (India) at Regain Fitness Center in Airoli, Navi Mumbai, India on 14 June 2012
(see video for 30 minutes)

WEIGHTED SIT-UPS

Several records for weighted sit-ups can be found in Dale Harder's Strength and Speed Record Book.



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