I broke 52 world records in ONE year

A MAN who broke 52 Guinness World Records in one year slashed himself with a sword, twisted his ankle and gave himself bloody lips in pursuit of his goal.

After successfully breaking his first record in 2015, Idaho man David Rush been trying to knock down 52 in a year since 2018.

Hastily balancing on the forehead to set a record


Hastily balancing on the forehead to set a record
Rushing to run while blindfolded


Rushing to run while blindfolded
Rush and his neighbor set a ping-pong record


Rush and his neighbor set a ping-pong record

He finally succeeded in 2021 – despite being derailed by a sudden appendectomy earlier in the year – to break a string of records and lift his annual average to once a week. .

Rush began the year breaking records for stacking wet bars of soap before going on to break records for most apples, grapes and marshmallows in his mouth; and the record for the longest time being blindfolded while juggling.

Among dozens of other records broken, Rush ran the fastest 100 meters while blindfolded, wrapped a neighbor in the fastest time and defended his ping pong ball in the shaving foam record.

He also passed the milestone of breaking 200 Guinness World Records when he defeated what is considered one of the five hardest to beat: the most kiwi cut in a minute with a samurai sword and while standing on a swiss ball.

Rush decided to aim for a Guinness World Record for the first time as part of his work in promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) educates and encourages children not to give up despite failure.

Growing up in Idaho, he told The Sun he was “not even smart enough to be in the gifted program” but thanks to his “growth mindset and hard work” he managed to get into MIT. to study electrical engineering.

“I thought, ‘How can I take this message to the next level? How can I create a tangible mirror, that if you put your mind to the goal, believe in yourself. close and follow your passion, can you accomplish almost anything?”

His first tentative attempt was to break the record for fastest half-mile run while juggling.

However, after two years of training, he hurt his knee and was forced to turn for the longest period of time to juggle while blindfolded.

While that became his first record, it was far from his last injury.

Rush told The Sun: “When I was training for blindfolded juggling, I ran off the track a few times and broke my ankle.”

“And other records, with a knife or a sword, I’ve cut myself a few times.”

However, he added that “the most painful time last year was actually the apple being stuck in the mouth for a minute.

“There was a neighbor who threw an apple at me and if I was a little careless, it hit my lips and hit my gums,” he explains.

“So I was bleeding quite a bit.”


Rush broke 200 Guinness World Records by slashing kiwi with a sword while on a Swiss ball, but he says he believes running and juggling while blindfolded is the challenge. his worst.

“I think the hardest is probably the fastest 100-meter juggling blindfolded,” he said.

“You have to blindfold, start running, start juggling, accelerate and stay in lane while juggling while blindfolded.

“It’s hard, almost impossible.”

He said that while his mother was “a little nervous” about some of the more adventurous challenges, his wife was “very supportive” and their two young sons simply didn’t know the difference.

“I started breaking records for the first time,” says Rush.

“And so my kids think I own the Guinness logo and they’re like, ‘oh, Guinness World Records that’s daddy’s thing.'”

After breaking his first record seven years ago, it took Rush several months before he was ready for his next attempt.

But then he built to break five in his sophomore year and 20 years later.


He has been trying to hit 52 records a year since 2018 but has failed as some of his efforts have not been certified as successful.

And the frenzied pace at which he’s currently exerting himself means he’s constantly honing in on the skills needed to break a huge number of records at any one time.

“I regularly have competition with some players in the world after the record and then I go back and break them again, and then they bring him back,” laughs Rush.

“At any given time, I could be practicing the skills needed for anywhere between 20 and 40 Guinness World Records,” he added.

“Interspersed in that exercise were juggling, running, balancing and trying to save my time.

“There are records for balancing things on the chin or forehead and all those things go hand in hand. So there’s strength, endurance and agility.”

“Everybody has the same time of day,” says Rush.

“And you can choose to do what you want with the time and I try to make the most of it because I have a full-time job in the tech world.

“But I do make time to train for the Guinness World Records, and most of that is running, biking, or training to build strength and speed.”


Even his three- and five-year-old sons are sometimes brought in to help.

“Keeping the balloons in the air is one of the kids’ favorite ways to do it because that’s when they can really do it,” says Rush.

“Now they’re not trying to do three of them in an hour, but they’re trying to do one of them for as long as they can.”

Rush wrote a book in 2020 called Breaking records: 21 lessons from 21 record attempts in which he details his journey to becoming a Guinness world record holder and what he learned along the way.

He says it helped him learn to deal with failure and be better next time.

“Most of them, when I try a new skill, I almost always fail the first time. I’m terrible at it,” he said.

“But I realized with a growth mindset and belief that I could get better, I knew I could. So I put my heart and effort into practicing.

“I wrote a book about the things I did that made me successful like practicing with purpose, approaching each new record with a growth mindset, pursuing it bravely and then getting instant feedback. immediately about what I’m doing.

“That made me successful.”

Still, one record has passed him: fastest half-mile while juggling, which was his first attempt before injuring his knee in 2015.

Rush explained: “After that injury, I never checked it again.

“The other is the water that’s been moved by the hand the most in 30 seconds and that’s not too difficult but it’s been eliminated many times because of the technique.”

David Rush wrote a book about his success


David Rush wrote a book about his success
Rushing with a sword balancing on a Swiss ball


Rushing with a sword balancing on a Swiss ball
He's wearing his balance glasses on the train


He’s wearing his balance glasses on the train
The end of a record attempt


The end of a record attempt

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