Appasaheb Gaikwad, once a Kabbadi player, is now practicing hard on squats. Staying fit is certainly a reason behind the intense training, but the main reason is impressive: to find a spot in the famed Guinness Book Of World Records.
GAIKWAD HAS MANAGED TO HIT A FEW HUNDRED SQUATS EVERYDAY EVEN DURING TOUGH TIMES
Since picking up squats, Gaikwad has managed to complete at least 200 of them in a single day, keeping his weight between a constant 68 to 70 kg. Even when life was tough, Gaikwad stayed true to his practice and managed to accumulate a few hundred squats per day.
“Even when life was tough and we ate only bhaakri churaa (millet crumbs), salt and many chillis for meals so water could fill up stomach, I remember sticking to the routine of a few hundred baithaks,” Gaikwad said.
Gaikwad wants to etch his name in the famous Guinness Book Of World Records by attempting to complete the most number of squats in a period of three minutes. To break the existing record, he will look to finish 210 of them within 180 seconds!
IN 2018, HIS ATTEMPT WAS DQED BY THE JUDGES
In 2018, the judges disqualified his attempt for having a wrong posture when his back was found to not be sufficiently upright during the squats. Since then, Gaikwad took up scientific training, placing his feet a bit wider to reduce the center of gravity, which could help him continue squatting with the same speed while keeping his back more upright. He managed to keep the knee and thigh at a right-angled position, hanging a cable perpendicular to the floor to check the uprightness.
His diet has changed to accommodate the new style of training. He had to increase eating fish, eggs and chicken all while working towards maintenance of proper oxygen capacity level. This time around, he has decided to hit 72-74 squats in the first minute, 68-70 in the second and then put his body to the limits by hitting 100 in the final minute.
THREE CAMERAS AND THREE WITNESSES WILL OBSERVE HIS ATTEMPT
Three cameras will record his attempt and at least three witnesses, including an international gymnastics judge and two advocates, will be physically present to observe the event, which will take place in an Aurangabad gymnasium.
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