33-time world record holder graduates from LSBU aged 61
28 August 2014
Academy of Sport graduate Stephen Hyland achieved his first world record in
2005 by completing 512 repetitions of chin ups in one hour — at the age of 52.
ten years later, Stephen's strength continues to grow as he demonstrated in
2013, his most recent record achievement when he beat his own record for the number
of chin ups in an hour to 1019 – almost double. He now holds eight world
records and 25 Guinness World Records for chin-ups and pull-ups plus over 80
world records in total.
For some, turning
sixty might be an indication of slowing down. Stephen, however, continues to
exceed expectations and overcome new obstacles, the most recent being set at
LSBU's very own Academy of Sport.
completed LSBU's CYQ Certificate in Fitness Instructing, Stephen is fitter than
ever. The qualification
is aimed at individuals wanting to pursue a career in the health and fitness
industry in the context of gym-based exercise. His favourite part of the intense course was Academy of Sport
instructor and Fitness Trainer UK director Leon Marshall, known for his renowned
the secret to his success is to train like it is always a competition. His
rigorous workout routine consists of training six days a week, including twice
a day for three days, leaving just a day's rest a week.
"Gaining the CYQ Certificate in Fitness Instructing allows me to train aspiring athletes,"
"I work alongside
George Burton and have also been doing Parkour (a physical training technique) since
I started the course and the training principles are very transferrable. My
training techniques are significantly different to the ones the course entails
but I've learned what is needed to work in a gym."
Although he is now
retired, Stephen has no intentions to slow down and is instead planning on
challenging another world record this year as well as using his newly acquired
certificate to train upcoming fitness enthusiasts.