Speedendurance.com kept track of Matt’s 8 week training log leading up to a 30 minute attempt of pull-ups on October 27, 2007. This is rare, as most people attempting these type of events keep their training logs secret.
A week before the event, he set a new WR for a 60 second attempt.
The current record for 30 minutes is 442, so to break 450 requires a cadence of 150 every 10 minutes.
At the attempt, Matt was on pace with nearly 300 pull-ups at the 20 minute mark.
But in these type of events, grip is everything, and by that point Matt’s hands started to bleed as his callouses tore off. It’s hard to grip if your hands are full of blood!
Matt’s did manage to accomplish approximately 120 pull-ups in the the last ten minutes, but not the 142+ he needed to break the record.
The unofficial total was 417 pull-ups, about 25 short of the world record.
Sure, Matt is disappointed, and so was the huge crowd at Fitness Together in Livermore, California.
But you know the old cliche, “Winners never quit, and quitters never win”. I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of Matt in the future. Don’t count him out!