Guinness World Records has been around for 70 years. It’s a source of endless entertainment and wonder. But it’s also a way to see what people are capable of, and to learn about the incredible feats we can accomplish in this world.
This year, Guinness World Records released its book of records for 2023, and it’s full of amazing feats that will blow your mind. We’ve rounded up 7 of our favourites here!
1. Most times to squat lift own bodyweight (female)
Karenjeet Kaur Bains recently set the Guinness world record for most times squatting and lifting her own bodyweight in one minute. This is an incredible feat, made even more impressive by the fact that Karenjeet is the first Sikh to represent Britain in powerlifting.
Karenjeet trains six days a week, despite also holding down a full-time office job. She began powerlifting at just 17 years old, and now at 25 she thinks more women will “make their mark” in the sport.
It’s inspiring to see someone like Karenjeet achieving such great things while also maintaining a busy professional life. Her dedication and hard work are truly admirable, and we hope she continues to inspire other women to pursue their athletic goals.
2. Fastest 5m on hind legs by horse
In 2009, Paulina found Alvin, a Swedish Shetland pony, and fell in love with him immediately. Although he was very shy and hesitant when they first met, she could tell that he was intelligent and full of potential.
With lots of patience and training, Alvin slowly overcame his timidity and began to trust Paulina. He began to enjoy learning new tricks and doing stunts – something that his trainer thought made him unique.
One of his favorite things to do was practice walking on his back legs at the beach. After hours of practice (and plenty of rewards), Alvin finally broke the record for the fastest 5m on hind legs by horse in 16.70 seconds!
3. The largest collection of rotating puzzles
Florian Kastenmeier (Germany) has officially been recognized by Guinness World Records as having the largest collection of rotating puzzles, with a total of 1,519 different puzzles in his collection! Florian’s fascination with these types of puzzles began when he was given a Rubik’s cube at a young age, and he has since been collecting them from all around the world.
Older cubes in Florian’s collection have more “story and character” to them, as they are often harder to solve and require more effort and patience. Florian takes great pride in being able to solve any puzzle that he owns, regardless of how difficult it may be. On average, Florian can solve a cube in 45 seconds – although some of the more challenging ones have taken him up to an hour or more to complete!
Florian never imagined that his passion for collecting these puzzles would one day land him in the Guinness World Records 2023 edition. But he is extremely proud and honored to have his name listed alongside so many other incredible record-holders from around the globe!
4. Most backward somersault burpees in 30 seconds
In 2023, Celeste Dixon (Australia) became the Guinness world record holder for the most backward somersault burpees in 30 seconds. She is also a contender on the Australian Ninja Warrior television show.
Celeste’s journey to becoming a Guinness World Record holder was not an easy one. She had to give up her gymnastics training and focus on other areas in order to increase her strength and stamina. In addition to working three jobs, she is also a dog mom.
Despite all of these challenges, Celeste persevered and achieved her goals. In addition to setting the world record for backward somersault burpees, she also set records for the most silk front saltos in a minute and the fastest 10m walking on hands while holding a 10kg medicine ball (female) – 10.55 seconds.
Celeste’s story is an inspiring one of dedication and determination. She serves as proof that anything is possible if you set your mind to it!
5. The most weight ever lifted by a barbell overhead press while riding a unicycle.
On May 23, Jason Auld (UK) lifted 68 kg (149.9 lb) while riding a unicycle, setting the Guinness World Record for the heaviest single weight lifted by barbell overhead press while riding a unicycle.
Jason, who is a professional strongman, had been practicing this feat five days a week in preparation for an upcoming strongman competition. He never envisioned making Guinness World Records 2023, but his friends and family encouraged him to give it a try.
“I’m so glad I did,” said Jason after setting the record. “It’s always been a dream of mine to be in Guinness World Records.”
This just goes to show that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible!
6. World’s tallest woman
Rumeysa, the current holder of the Guinness World Record for tallest woman alive, is a Turkish national who measures in at an incredible 7 feet 0.09 inches. She was just 17 years old when she first achieved the record-breaking height and has remarked that it is one of her biggest goals.
Rumeysa’s height unfortunately prevents her from attending school in person, but she was home-schooled and graduated secondary school in 2016. In 2021, she was measured again and found to still be the tallest woman alive – an impressive feat given that her condition causes her bones and body parts to develop significantly quicker than most people’s.
Born with Scoliosis, a curved spine disorder, Rumeysa was taller than typical as a toddler. Her huge, weak bones caused her several health difficulties, but fortunately these have all been addressed and she is now living a relatively normal life considering her extraordinary height.
7. Champion swimmer
Ellie Simmonds is a professional swimmer who holds the Guinness world record for most gold medals in her category. She has achondroplasia, which causes dwarfism, but this hasn’t stopped her from achieving her goals.
Simmonds became interested in swimming after watching the 2004 Paralympic Games. She was inspired by the athletes competing and decided that she wanted to be a professional swimmer herself. This required a lot of dedication and hard work, spending most days in the pool practicing.
However, Ellie’s hard work paid off when she competed in the S6 disability category at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing. She was the youngest British athlete competing at just 16 years old, but she still managed to win 100m and 400m freestyle golds – much to everyone’s surprise!
In conclusion, Guinness World Records is a fun way to learn about the world around us. It’s also a great way to understand our own place in it. Guinness World Records is fun and funny, and it’s got some pretty cool facts in it that are sure to impress your friends!