Guinness World Record attempt has been postponed until a later date

Kinesiology PhD student Arash Khassetarash was set to challenge the men’s Guinness World Record by completing 8,000 pull ups in 24 hours on Dec. 5 - 6, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have had to postpone until a later date. You may still donate to the United Way campaign. 

Volunteers Needed

Arash needs your help to achieve the record. He needs two volunteers to count and witness the event. One must be a strength and conditioning coach or personal trainer. The shifts are four hours, and you may work more than one, but they can’t be back-to-back. Please sign up below. 

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What motivated Arash to challenge the record? Read the UToday story about Arash here.

Arash Khassetarash's Biography

I am the sixth and the last child of the family in a small city in the northwest part of Iran. The area is mountainous and cold just like Calgary. I was always interested in sports since childhood and tried different sports such as wrestling, soccer, martial arts and endurance running. However, I stayed away from an active lifestyle for a long time during my university years due to the high amount of work and lack of motivation.

I received my undergrad and Master’s degrees in Mechanical engineering in Iran. After working in the car industry as an engineer for more than a year, I pursued a different major and followed my passion for sports and public health. Knowing that UCalgary has one of the strongest kinesiology programs in the world, I chose to do a PhD here in Kinesiology.

Studying in such a high-quality sport faculty helped me to get motivated to regain my fitness and health. By attempting this record, I hope I can motivate more people to pursue fitness and a healthy lifestyle. I'd like to say it is never too late to try for our life goals, whatever they might be.

Arash Khassetarash, PhD student in Kinesiology