When Atlanta’s Arthur Weaver III saw the Guiness World Record for knuckle pushups, he knew he could beat it easily. “The reason I went for it is because once I saw what the record was, I knew I could beat it with no problem,” he told us. And he did—with 77 pushups in one minute, he crushed the former record of 58. Just check him out in the video below. We called him up and asked him eight questions about training, diet and what keeps him going.
What’s your strategy for pushups?
I like using the pushup bar because it makes you get down lower and it works your chest more.
What does your workout look like?
Three days a week I spend like two and a half hours, the other two days, I spend an hour and a half. They consist of mostly calisthenics, which is pushups, pullups, dips, muscle-ups, situps, running, martial arts, and shadow boxing—hitting on the heavy bag.
What’s the single most important thing in that routine?
I would say the most important thing is shadowboxing. It’s punching, kicking, and using your knees and your elbows to strike.
Why is running in the mix?
The cut look doesn’t really come from me running, but running is for my endurance, so I can last longer without getting tired. I do a short, fast sprint of about half a mile. I make sure to have it complete under three minutes. The days that I don’t do pushups and pullups, that’s when I choose to run.
How do you get your protein?
Tuna fish and eggs are my favorite. I use [protein powder] sometimes, but not as much. I normally take it and put it in some Vitamin-D milk. Also, I try to stay away from fast food as much as possible. I rarely eat out. Most of the time, I do the cooking.
Have you always been this fit?
I’ve been doing this since I was a child. Probably since I was five years old I’ve been doing pushups. Everything my son sees me do, he tries to do. He’s only three years old. I have a video of him running, and he ran for a while—I mean not without stopping—but he still completed the mile.
Do you have days when you just don’t want to workout?
I have those days, but I do it anyway. The older I get, the more I feel like it’s important to be in shape. My whole point of doing this is slowing down the aging process.