In an incredible feat of strength and determination, 31-year-old Josh Llewellyn-Jones lifted 1,000,000kg in 22 hours and 10 minutes.
Llewellyn-Jones has suffered from cystic fibrosis since he was young. He uses exercise and fitness to help control the symptoms of his condition.
When he was born his parents were told there was only a 10% chance he’d survive the night. After that, doctors said he’d be lucky to reach 30 years of age. Now, at 31, he took on this super-human challenge.
Over the course of 22 hours and 10 minutes, he lifted an average of 700kg every minute. The challenge was split up in the following way:
Bench press: 6 x 60kg
Squats: 6 x 70kg
Bent over row: 20 x 60kg
Leg press: 20 x 170kg
Throughout the day the challenge took its toll on his body. He came down ill several times and fell asleep whilst performing lifts. Llewellyn-Jones only stopped to refuel on food and drink, or to receive massage treatment for DOMs from a member of his team of coaches.
He admitted to the BBC that the idea was “a bit crazy”, but he thought the challenge was “90 percent mental”.
Llewellyn-Jones is no stranger to extreme physical challenges. At just 17 years old he became the youngest cystic fibrosis patient to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro. At the peak, he then boxed with former European Heavyweight Champion Scott Welch.
When he was 30, he also became the 5th person to ever completely the Worlds Physical Fitness challenge in 2017. He named the event #24hrs4cf and soon the hashtag was trending worldwide across social media.
As with all his events, he created this challenge to raise awareness and money for cystic fibrosis through his own charity, CF Warriors.