A kind-hearted fitness fanatic has raised thousands of dollars for a cause close to his heart and broke an impressive world record in the process.
Jaxon Italiano (Australia) is the new record holder for most pull-ups in 24 hours (male) with a whopping 8,008, blowing the previous record of 7,715 out of the water.
He won the record, not only for his own personal achievement, but also to raise money for a charity that helps people with dementia, after being inspired by his work in a care home.
Jaxon set out to collect AUD$1 (56p; 67c) for every draw he planned to make.
But, he exceeded his goal and ended up collecting the colossal sum of $8,782 AUD (£4,925.30; $5,914.72 USD).
He said on his fundraising page, “I aim to raise $1 for every sweater I manage to make. But I need your help! Please donate to support my efforts and help me achieve my goal of overcoming dementia.
“All funds raised will support Dementia Australia’s work to provide life-saving support services to people with dementia, their families and carers. These services include counselling, support groups, education and training.
Jaxon’s feat is even more impressive due to the fact that he had to overcome injuries, mental strain and rhabdomyolysis, a serious condition that occurs when damaged muscle tissue releases its proteins and electrolytes into the blood. The disease can be fatal or lead to permanent disability.
He told the Daily Telegraph of his achievement in Australia: “The hardest part was getting up from the bar every 30 seconds, it was torture.
“The mental strain you put on yourself, so many times I was about to quit.”
When applying for the record, Jaxon told us, “I decided to break the world record for the most pull-ups in 24 hours because pull-ups are something I’m good at and I believe that if you’re good for something, so you should take it as much as you can.
“I thought it would be a good idea to partner in this record attempt with a charity fighting dementia, as it’s a disease I’ve had to work with firsthand when I was working in a nursing home and something that I think needs more awareness due to its growing prevalence.
Jaxon trained for his attempt for eight months and had to push back his scheduled date due to injury.
It was on November 15 that Jaxon took up the challenge in Sydney, New South Wales.
He ended his attempt with time off, admitting his body was too exhausted to continue.
But after breaking the record and raising so much money for charity, no one can doubt the incredible efforts he has put in.
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