Samuel Finn Performs 5,234 Burpees In 12 Hours for New Guinness World Record

This was a grueling test of mental grit!

“If I can sum up my experience in a few words: 12 hours of pain!!” 

This was a direct quote pulled from Samuel Finn’s Instagram post highlighting that he had broken the Guinness world record for the highest number of burpees in 12 hours. 

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5234 burpees en 12 heures! Si je peux vous résumer mon expérience en quelques mots: 12 heures de douleur!! C’était tout un combat mental! Après seulement 5 heures, je ne sentais plus mes pieds et mes mains puisque tout mon sang était redirigé vers mes organes et mes muscles. À un certain point, je me disais que j’allais peut-être perdre mes orteils (la tête se met à imaginer plusieurs scénarios après 5 heures de burpees). Et il me restait encore 7 heures de burpees! Par contre, je m’étais fait une promesse: je n’allais pas arrêter, peu importe à quel point mon corps allait me demander d’arrêter! Nous avons battu le record Guinness pour le plus de burpees en 12 heures!! Je dis bien nous, car j’ai eu tellement d’aide et support! Merci du plus profond de mon coeur à ma team de feu: 👉 Mon incroyable trainer @alexdore24, le premier qui est embarqué dans l’aventure! 👉 Mon planificateur de nutrition et supplément @jfgaudreau, toujours prêt et disponible pour m’aider! 👉 Le @centrexpn 👉 Mon physio @dom.nxtgenphysio chez @nxtgphysio 👉 Ma médecin @maude.soulieres 👉 Mon ostéopathe @rane4graf de @osteokine_griffintown 👉 Raoul [rararacquiao] pour notre vidéo promotionnel incroyable 👉 Seb de chez @cliniquehph 👉 Tous les athlètes d’endurance qui m’ont conseillé, Louis, @antoine_goulet, @helene_adventurer et Pierre. 👉 Tous les juges, et @iamjasonfinn @dreime de m'avoir aidé pour l'organisation de l'événement 👉 Tous ceux et celles qui ont fait de burpees avec moi hier, vous m’avez inspirés! Et of course @berley_kim_ rien de cela n’aurait été possible sans toi Et je ne peux oublier tout le support que vous m’offrez. Un énorme merci pour votre amour, vos messages d’encouragements, vos burpees, vos partages et votre générosité envers la levée de fond. J’apprécie toute votre aide du plus profond de mon coeur. Merci @tvasports , @jic_tvasports et @andympressoir pour ce merveilleux vidéo!! We did it!! #burpees4ced

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Two days ago, Montreal-based entrepreneur and model Samuel Finn took on the grueling challenge of performing as many burpees as possible in the span of 12 hours. Finn had two goals heading into the 12 hours of burpees:

  1. Top the current Guinness World Record of 5,010 burpees that was set in late October by Michigan-based martial artist Mike Berean, and
  2. Raise money for the CEDAR Foundation, a Canadian based organization dedicated to helping students pursue quality educations. 

After a long, pain-filled 12 hours, Finn was able to accomplish both of these goals with flying colors. He not only beat the Guinness World Record with a miraculous 5,234 burpees, but he also raised $54,515 in donations. 

In his Instagram post’s description he writes, “After only 5 hours, I couldn’t feel my feet and hands since all my blood was redirected to my organs and muscles. At some point, I was thinking I might lose my toes (…) and I still had 7 hours of burpees left! On the other hand, I made a promise: I wasn’t going to stop, no matter how much my body would ask me to.”

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3 days before the Guinness World Record attempt! I'll remember all the sacrifices and hard work that it took to be in a position to even attempt a world record. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'll remember the Saturdays at the park doing burpees while my friends were enjoying summer. I'll remember all the mornings I had to shut my lazy mind in order to hit the gym and do hundreds and hundreds of boring burpees! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'll remember that I did over 48,500 burpees to prepare for the attempt. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'll remember all these small wins when I feel like stopping on Friday! Let's go #burpees4ced

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In the lead up to his crazy performance, Finn shared that he had been prepping for this feat for quite some time, and notes that he had performed roughly 48,500 burpees in training.

The Burpee World Record Through 2019

At BarBend, we love numbers and we wanted to look at some of the stats from the progression of the 12-hour burpee Guinness World Record through 2019. 

Back in June, Bryan Abell set the Guinness Burpee World Record with a very strong performance of 4,689 burpees. His hourly average came out to about 390 reps. 

Then in late October, Berean completed 5,010 burpees. His 12-hour average came out to around 417 burpees an hour. 

For Finn, at the 10-hour mark he shared on his Instagram that he had completed around 4,400 burpees, which means in the last two hours he matched Berean’s 417 burpee pace to top his current world record. Finn’s pace throughout the 12-hour span comes out to about 436 burpees an hour.  

Hats off to Finn on his new Guinness World Record and the money that he raised for the CEDAR Foundation!

Burpee FAQs

What's the current burpee world record?

The current Guinness World Record for the most burpees in 12-hours is 5,234 and is held by Canadian entrepreneur and model Samuel Finn.

The previous record was held by Mike Berean when he completed 5,010 burpees in late October 2019.

Who created the burpee?

Mr. Royal H. Burpee created the burpee in 1939 while a student at Columbia Teacher’s College, as part of his PhD thesis in Applied Physiology. Burpee’s burpee, though, hardly resembles the burpee and burpee variations we see in the average CrossFit class.

Burpee’s original movement standards, though, were what we now consider a “scaled” version of the burpee. Burpee’s invention included the same squat to prone position, but did not require a push up or a jump to target. Instead, you hopped into the prone position, hopped right back to the squat, stood straight up, and repeated the process.

Feature image from @sam_finn_ Instagram page. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master’s in Sports Science and a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend. He’s a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

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