When we hear news of incredible feats of strength, it’s typically about barbending deadlift records. Usually, they’ve been broken by towering mountainous men. However, last weekend a Brit suffering from cystic fibrosis stole the spotlight from the giants in spectacular fashion. Despite his condition, Josh Llewellyn-Jones lifted a crazy 1,000,000 kg in just over 22 hours.
Now 31-years-old, Josh has been battling the condition since childhood. He’s always fought against the odds and was only given a 10% chance of living through his first night. Decades later, he’s far surpassed doctor’s predictions by hitting age 30.
According to the athlete he uses training to tackle the condition, which is a genetic disorder affecting his lungs. Over the years he has competed in cross country at a national level among other sports.
Since an early age, Josh has been involved in fundraising for cystic fibrosis. Last year he became the 5th person in the world to finish a type of World’s Physical Fitness Challenge, which he aptly named the 24hrs4cf.
According to joshlj24.com, he completed the following in just under a day:
100 tons of weight lifted
10-mile cross train
3,000 sit ups
1,000 press ups
For 2018, Josh decided to take his crazy challenges to the next level. His goal was to smash the #1MillionKiloChallenge by lifting 1000 tons/1,000,000 kg in less than 24 hours.
Supported by army fitness trainers and experts, Josh took on the test at MOD St Athan’s gym in the UK. When speaking to the BBC, the athlete called the challenge “90% mental” saying; “the body wanted to give up many times.” Throughout the entire process he only took short breaks to eat and receive treatment for delayed onset muscle soreness.
During his quest to lift a thousand tons Josh fell ill multiple times. He even fell asleep during super intense heavy lifts.
Yet, the 31-year-old never gave in, completing the monumental feat of determination and strength in 22 hours and 10 minutes. This is how he did it:
On average Llewelyn-Jones lifted a savage 700 kg every minute.
When asked why a 31-year-old Cystic Fibrosis sufferer would take on such as challenge, Josh said he just wanted to inspire others to take up exercises. “From my perspective, I’m just trying to get other children with CF into sport from a really young age to give them the best chance in later life.”
Unfortunately, Cystic Fibrosis will always play a part in Josh’s life. But if you thought it’d stop him pushing his body to the absolute limit to help other CF sufferers you’d be wrong. According to his website Llewelyn-Jones is on a mission to raise £1m for the cause, ‘but more importantly, inspire and motivate as many people as possible.’