Resident Approaches Guinness Record for Push-UpsPosted on October 7, 2019
Talloen Raises over $20k for YMCA of Princeton
Montgomery resident and J&J employee Bart Talloen came close to getting in the Guinness Book of World Records for most decline push-ups in one minute. He reached 99 push-ups – and raised more than $20,000 for the YMCA of Princeton.
Bart Talloen raced to reach a documented Guinness World Record in decline push-ups – where your feet are 50 centimeters higher than your hands. Bart came in just two push-ups under the newest record! One of the official witnesses to the attempt was Montgomery Deputy Mayor Catherine Gural. “It was one of the most amazing athletic feats I have ever seen! Bart set an example of physical conditioning and mental fortitude for all of us, not to mention community-mindedness!” said Deputy Mayor Gural.
In August, Bart did 99 decline push-ups in one minute, just two shy of getting his name into the Guinness Book of World Records. J&J’s Vice President of Product Supply might not have beat the record, but his incredible effort symbolized many of the characteristics that make us the largest and most broadly-based healthcare company in the world.
His record attempt is even more meaningful when you realize its full scope. In 100 minutes, he went after the world record three times, and kept increasing his push-up results each time – from 95 to 96 and finally all the way up to 99.
“When I registered for this Guinness World Record in February, the world record was 94 push-ups. That was the target I aimed for originally, but in May a new record of 101 push-ups was achieved, “says Bart “So while I didn’t beat the current record, I came very close and beat the previous record three times in just over 90 minutes. I’m very proud of that achievement!”
Bart’s pursuit of the push-up record was about much more than a chase for individual glory. His show of strength raised $23,000 in donations for the YMCA in Princeton, New Jersey. Combined with a similar effort last year, where he established an unofficial world record with 490 push-ups in 10 minutes, he has contributed close to $40,000 to help the YMCA add more healthy living programs for people in the local community.
“I am very pleased and satisfied with my performance, but for the Princeton YMCA this was also an exciting day!” says this muscled and magnanimous J&J leader. “My goal is to continue to inspire the people at J&J, along with family and friends, by living my motto: You can achieve your dreams, if you want them badly enough!”
The exceptional athlete thanked Deputy Mayor Gural and the other witnesses for their support: “I want to extend a BIG THANK YOU to all of you, for volunteering to be independent witnesses, for attending this event in person and encouraging me “live”. I really appreciate you being there and sharing this special moment with me. The atmosphere & ambiance that you created in the room and the cheering helped me definitely to push even a bit harder.”
Source: Excerpted from “The Link”, an employee newsletter of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products