On Veterans Day 2015, a Marine veteran broke a world record for pull-ups completed in 24 hours. Veteran Sgt. Guy Seaman, who goes by the name Guy Valentino, earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records when he completed 5,862 pull-ups on Nov. 11.
The previous record of 5,804 pull-ups was set on Sept. 27 by Navy Air Traffic Controller 1st Class (AW) Mike McCastle.
The Marine veteran is now a fitness instructor in Dallas. The former infantryman with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, said if he could pull through 36-hour raids in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2005, the pull-up challenge was reachable.
"I thought about the Marines, my kids and the reasons why I came back," he said. "The cause was for veterans, and it's not inspiring if you don't accomplish the mission."
After leaving the Marine Corps in 2005, Valentino said he challenged himself to improve his physical fitness alongside veterans in order to "get that sense of belonging again."
We see the statistics of those who couldn't hold on to their families after they got back, or the progression of suicide, and I could relate to some of that," Valentino said. "How do you go from combat to ... feeling a sense of loss because you don't seem to fit into the civilian world?"
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