Paddy Doyle – Emperor of Endurance – Superhuman 75

Every time you get knocked down you have to get back up again and even fight harder pushing your self every step of the way to the finish line.

In most stories about superheroes there is a villain. The villain does their best to kill the superhero.

Paddy Doyle was a villain as a young man. Through discipline and dedication he turned his life around and became a super hero.

Image supplied by Paddy Doyle

Paddy Doyle has achieved a career 566 fitness endurance records and physical fitness titles under eight different sporting categories. He currently holds to date 420 titles (subject to change).

Early History

Patrick Daniel Doyle was born 1 March, 1964.

His parents split up at a young age.

He ended up being raised by his Father in Spaghetti Junction, Birmingham.

As a young man Paddy went through a period where he got into a lot of fights. He describes the time as one where he had a lot of aggression inside him.

He says he was never involved in drugs, he never stole anything, but he was violent.

As I got older I was veering towards being part of the heavy mob

Eventually Paddy joined the Paratroopers and his life got back on track.

What is his superpower?

A man that is capable of doing nearly 5000 burpees in just 5 hours can only be described as a superhuman.

Paddy’s super power is his endurance.

Paddy Doyle’s first official fitness endurance record was set on 28 May 1987 in Birmingham City Centre UK. He achieved 4,100 press ups with a 50 lb steel plate on his back in a time of 4 hrs 30 mins, this record was recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records.

He then went on to set and break more strength speed stamina records under eight different sporting disciplines:

  1. Road walking carrying weights and back packs
  2. Road running speed marches 5 km, 10 km, half marathons and marathons carrying various weighted back packs
  3. Amateur Inter Club boxing tournament record titles
  4. Martial Arts full contact kumite title records recognised by WUMA and Guinness Book of World Records
  5. Gym strength fitness challenge records
  6. Mountain biking carrying various weighted back packs {non technical terrain}
  7. Cross country speed marches carrying various weighted back packs
  8. Hill mountain speed marches carrying various weighted back packs

Some of the toughest World Records that he has achieved:

  • Most sit ups in 5 hours holding a 50 steel plate on chest – total 5,000 in 5 hrs, set on 28 August 1988 Birmingham City UK. {Guinness World Record}
  • Most squat thrusts in 1 hour – total 3,743, broken on 4 May 1998, stamina’s self defence boxing gym in Erdington Birmingham UK. {Guinness World Record}
  • Most one arm push ups in 1 hour – total 1,886 using right arm only, broken on 27 November 1993 in Birmingham City UK. {Guinness World Record}
  • Most burpees in 5 hours – total 4,921, set on 25 November 1995 in Birmingham UK. {Guinness World Record}
  • Most one arm push ups in 5 hours – total 8,794 using right arm only, broken on 12 February 1996 at Stamina’ self defence boxing gym Erdington Birmingham UK. {Guinness World Record}
  • Most Kumite martial arts boxing rounds in 5 hrs – total 141, broken on 19 November 2005 Cheltenham Sports UK. Refereed and sanctioned by WUMA {World United Martial Arts Association} recognised by Guinness Book of World Records.
  • The most one arm press ups using one arm only carrying 60 lb back pack in one minute – total 22, set on 18 July 2011 at Stamina’s self defence boxing gym Erdington Birmingham UK. {Guinness World Record}
  • Most back of hands press ups in 1 minute carrying 80 lb back pack – total 21, set on 8 September 2011 at Stamina’s self defence boxing gym Erdington Birmingham UK. {Guinness World Record}
  • Most strength jumping jacks in one minute carrying 100 lb back pack total – 58, set on 29 January 2014 at Stamina’s self defence boxing gym Erdington Birmingham UK. {Guinness World Record}
  • Mountain Bike cross country {non technical} carrying 40 lb back pack 1 km = 7 min 10:22 sec , 1 mile = 12 min 58:94 sec, 5 mile = 48 min 14 sec. Set on 17 September 2015 along the Wroxhall Abbey foot paths Warwickshire UK. { Registry of World Records Holders recognised}
  • Mountain Bike cross country {non technical} carrying 40 lb back pack 2 km = 13 min 45:25 sec , 5 km = 24 min 29:38 sec , 10 km = 44 min 30 sec , 15 km = 1 hr 10 min 39 sec , 20 km = 1 hr 26 min 16 sec. Set on 26 September 2015 along the Coventry Way and Kenilworth foot paths Warwickshire UK. {Registry of World Record Holders recognised}
  • Most documented strength speed stamina records set within one year = total 139 broken on 7 May 2016, beating the previous record of 111 held by Steve Butler {GB}. Venue Finale Royal British Legion Club Berkswell Village Solihull UK. {Registry of World Record Holders recognised}
  • Most documented career strength speed stamina records and physical fitness challenges achieved from 28 May – 12 Feb 2017 final total 550 titles. Final finale Royal British Legion Club Berkswell Village Solihull UK.{ Registry of World Record Holders recognised}

If you have any doubts about his superhuman powers, just try any of the above exercises yourself and see how close you can get to his amazing record achievements.

What can we learn from him?

Paddy tells us his skill set comes as a result of his competing from the age 8 yrs of age upwards in judo where he won Midlands UK bronze and silver medals in the junior championships.

He also represented his school in the Midlands gymnastics and trampolining finals where he won a bronze medal.

He then represented the Army Cadet Force winning a cross country gold medal.

Having this pedigree from an early age helped him to cross over from one sport to another in his adult life as an athlete.

Cross country multi stage endurance record action photo, up hill incline gradient 25% , 20 meters distance , carrying 80 lb back pack. – Photo courtesy of Paddy Doyle

What is he up to now?

Paddy recently reached a milestone when he achieved his 550th career strength speed stamina record. In awful weather conditions he completed a 13km cross-country march, 21 cross country shuttle sprints and then 201 step-ups all while carrying a 45lb backpack.

Despite being sick, with a chest and throat infection, he achieved it in the World Record time of two hours and 29 minutes.

He currently works as a Government Training Security Provider.

Facts and Links

Each record and physical fitness achievement are witnessed and verified which involves video evidence, signed witness statements, steward statements and action photographs.

You can read a detailed story about his life in his book.

Record holder profile – Paddy Doyle

Longest Plank with a 100LB pack- Guinness World Records