Pushed to the limit! Australian mechanic with a chronic pain condition smashes world record by completing a staggering 3,182 push-ups in an hour
- Daniel Scali, 28, has broken the world record for most push-ups in an hour
- The mechanic from Australia completed a staggering 3,182 push-ups
- He has achieved this whilst battling a condition that causes excruciating pain
A mechanic has smashed the world record for most push-ups in an hour – completing a staggering 3,182.
Daniel Scali, 28, took on the Herculean task in April – and managed to surpass the previous best of 3,054.
His total has been officially confirmed and becomes the second Guinness World Record he has to his name.
Daniel, from Adelaide, also holds the record for the longest time spent in the abdominal plank position, recording nine hours and 30 minutes in August 2021.
Daniel Scali, 28, has broken the world record for most push-ups in an hour. The mechanic from Australia completed a staggering 3,182 push-ups
And, incredibly, he has done all this while suffering from a condition which can cause excruciating pain.
Daniel, from Henley Beach, said: ‘I suffer from a condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) which I’ve had since I was 12.
‘CRPS is rated 42 out of 50 on the McGill Pain Index. To be put that in perspective, child birth is rated at 40.
‘It developed when I broke my arm in a bad accident and it’s virtually my brain telling my left arm that there’s pain there.
Daniel, who suffers from a condition that causes excruciating pain also holds the world record for longest time spent in the abdominal plank position
‘Anything from a soft touch, wind, or a slight movement can cause unbearable pain so I shower without getting my left arm wet.
‘Water, especially, is like a razor blades running across my arm.’
Daniel says CRPS has had a huge effect on his day-to-day life.
Growing up wasn’t easy for him, and he often couldn’t go out because of the constant, incurable pain caused by the condition.
Daniel Scali, 28, took on the Herculean task in April – and managed to surpass the previous best of 3,054
Daniel suffers from a condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) which he has had since he was 12. It developed when he broke his arm in a bad accident and says it’s virtually his brain telling him that his left arm is in pain
At its worse, Daniel was hospitalised for months at a time, and local anaesthetic had to be administrated to his left arm to ease his suffering
At its worst, Daniel was hospitalised for months at a time, and local anaesthetic had to be administrated to his left arm to ease his suffering.
‘I wanted to put a purpose behind what I went though and continue to go through dealing with CRPS,’ he said.
‘I wanted to prove to myself that I have learnt how to deal & manage pain which lead me to my attempts.’
But the pain wasn’t enough to stop him from powering through over 3,000 push-ups in just one hour.
Daniel’s effort saw him complete 3,182 push-ups on his third attempt at the challenge – making him a two-time world record holder. Whilst breaking both records he has also raised a whopping £50,000 for the Australian Pain Management Association.
Daniel’s effort saw him complete 3,182 push-ups on his third attempt at the challenge – making him a two-time world record holder.
Whilst breaking both records he has also raised a whopping £50,000 for the Australian Pain Management Association.
Daniel, who is a mechanic by trade, said: ‘If you convince yourself that pain is a fuel to keep you going, I have convinced myself that pain is weakness leaving my body.
‘For me breaking these records has been about raising awareness for chronic pain sufferers and inspiring belief in others.
Daniel explains that anything from a soft touch, wind or slight movement can cause unbearable pain
The push-up record (male) was previously held by Jarrad Young, a fellow Australian, in 2021, who reached 3, 045
‘I believe anyone is capable of anything they put their self out there to achieve.
‘I wanted to show that you don’t have to be sheltered by the pain and it doesn’t have to be a barrier to success.
‘Although at times it might be hard and the days may seem longer, if you continue to pursue your goal, you are guaranteed a better outcome than those who don’t.
‘I’m extremely happy and grateful to everyone that supports me with my achievements and I’m already looking forward to what comes next!’
The push-up record (male) was previously held by Jarrad Young, a fellow Australian, in 2021.
What is Complex regional pain syndrome?
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a poorly understood condition where a person experiences persistent severe and debilitating pain.
Although most cases of CRPS are triggered by an injury, the resulting pain is much more severe and long-lasting than normal.
The pain usually only affects 1 limb, but it can sometimes spread to other parts of the body.
The skin of the affected body part can become so sensitive that a slight touch, bump or even a change in temperature can cause intense pain.
Affected areas can also become swollen, stiff or undergo fluctuating changes in colour or temperature.
CRPS often gradually improves over time. But some people with CRPS experience pain for many years.
The main symptom of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is pain, which can sometimes be severe, continuous and debilitating.
It’s usually confined to 1 limb, but can sometimes spread to other parts of the body.
If you have CRPS, your skin in the affected area can become very sensitive.
Even the slightest touch, bump or change in temperature can cause intense pain.
You may hear this described in the following medical terms:
- hyperalgesia – feeling pain from pressure or temperature that would not normally be painful
- allodynia – experiencing pain from a very light stroke of the affected skin
In addition to chronic pain, CRPS can also cause a range of other symptoms.
These can include:
- strange sensations in the affected limb – it may feel as if it does not belong to the rest of your body, or it may feel bigger or smaller than the opposite unaffected limb
- alternating changes to your skin – sometimes your skin in the affected limb may be hot, red and dry, whereas other times it may be cold, blue and sweaty
- hair and nail changes – your hair and nails in the affected limb may grow unusually slowly or quickly and your nails may become brittle or grooved
- joint stiffness and swelling in the affected limb (oedema)
- tremors and muscle spasms (dystonia)
- difficulty moving the affected body part
- difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
- small patches of fragile bones (osteoporosis) in the affected limb – although there’s no evidence this could lead to fractures
Very rarely, CRPS can also lead to further physical complications, such as:
- skin infections and open sores (ulcers)
- muscle atrophy, where the muscles begin to waste away
- muscle contractures, where the muscles shorten and lose their normal range of movement
- Some of these problems can make it very difficult for people with CRPS to move around.