Sep 30, 2022
Marine Enters Guinness World Record Books for Burpees in 1 Minute


A U.S. Marine has broken the world record for chest-to-ground burpees in one minute for the female category.

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Nahla Beard is an Air Traffic Control supervisor with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron (H&HS) and is stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.

A recent story from the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS) caught up with Beard to discuss her tactical training regimen and her overall record-setting experience.

Below is an excerpt from the article.

With three months of rigorous training to make sure her form was flawless, Beard would have to give all she had — and more — in order to break the record.

With the rules for a chest-to-ground burpee being different from a regular burpee, Beard wanted to make sure she did exactly what the rules dictated for the Guinness world record.

“During my three months of training, I did a lot of burpees while timing myself and kept trying to break my last record. I then set it up according to the rules they had and tried to do it within the time limit .”

In order for her to perform the correct technique for the burpees, she had to make sure her arms were extended out by her sides when her chest was on the ground, and when she jumped up in the air and landed, her feet and hands had to be the correct distance from tape markings on the ground.

On August 14, 2021, Beard decided to put her body to the test and attempt to break the world record.

“It was a really cool day because a bunch of the command on base showed up with friends and family,” Beard said. “I ended up attempting five times on the same day because I wasn’t sure if I did it.”

Beard was uncompromising in her approach, deciding to do it multiple times to ensure that success would be hers that day and that all the hard work she put into herself would pay off and be symbolized in the coveted world record plaque.

“It was super nerve-wracking,” claimed Beard. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic meant that she was not able to compete for the world record with a Guinness judge in person and instead had to record herself and submit her attempt virtually. “They had more delays than usual because it was the time of covid. They kept on emailing me asking for more evidence to help verify it more. When they gave me their final email my heart dropped for a bit when I saw the word “congratulations.”

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She was elated by the good news. She achieved something that she could not have even dreamed of accomplishing just a couple of years ago. But with the world record plaque in hand, it was all too real.

When asked if she would be attempting to break other Guinness world records, she did not keep it out of the question.

“Right now, I’m focusing more on powerlifting,” Beard said. “I’m trying to get my numbers up for that. A year ago I was in the 500-pound club and just last week I made it to the 700-pound club.”

To read the full story from DVIDS about US Marine Corps Sgt. Nahla Beard, click here.