One of our readers shared this great story with us on Facebook this week.
OMS teacher Bob O’Brien set another world record Sunday, July 26th, at the Owensboro Crossfit Gym (1316 Alsop Lane.)
This time, Bob lead a team of athletes who did dips for three straight hours. The goal was 10,000 dips in three hours – the group did 10,945.
Bob is a cross country coach and 7th grade history teacher at Owensboro Middle School, where he has taught for 22 years. He also runs a very intense workout with a group of adults, some of which are his former athletes. Several of those guys are the ones who tag-teamed the record for most dips.
But Bob also tries to include OMS students in his world record endeavors as well. “What I’m really trying to do is get these kids to live outside the box. I want them to look beyond Owensboro and set their dreams and their goals high,” Bob told Owensboro Living. “These things will outlast us. Our names will always be in the record books. And, we have fun while we do them too.”
To date, O’Brien holds six world records. Not all are with Guinness. Some are with the Book of Alternative Records or World Record Association.
What are the other five records O’Brien holds? I’m glad you asked…
Here they are, in no particular order:
- Push up relay, set with six students and four OMS teachers.
- Pull up relay, set at Legends with former OMS and OHS athletes and one OCHS athlete.
- 55 push ups in a minute on three medicine balls. That one he did solo.
- He once bench pressed his body weight for an entire hour. Also set at OMS.
- He also lead a team of students and teachers who flipped a 350lb tractor tire a whole mile in 13 minutes around the track at OMS.
O’Brien doesn’t know if he’s done yet or not. He says there is a team that wants to do a 10-man, 100- mile relay, but he’s not so sure. “I’m 47 man! I may organize it and just watch that one,” he said.
At the end of the day, O’Brien is all about encouraging and inspiring people to think and dream big. “I guess you could say I’m trying to leave my mark. And it’s a good mark,” he said.
Good enough to be in the record books, that’s for sure.