Kyleigh Bass, a 10-year-old girl from Kansas City, just accomplished a physical feat that few children or adults could do in a lifetime, and she did it in 90 minutes.
In her bid to set the Project Fit America record for sit-ups, the elementary school student at Fox Hill Elementary tore off 2,110 sit-ups, one more than the previous record.
“My mom was behind the camera, and then would hold my feet and switch up with my Papa,” she explained in her interview with Fox 4 KC.
Her mother said she was “so proud” of her daughter when she crossed that proverbial finish line, but according to Kyleigh Bass, it was her mom that provided the inspiration.
In her mother, Michelle’s, first long-distance race, she hit a wall at around mile 10 but “pushed through,” Kyleigh said, and ultimately finished.
“That’s what inspired me,” the girl said.
Project Fit America is a non-profit organization that encourages fitness throughout the United States, and for Kyleigh Bass, so much of fitness is “a mind thing.”
“It’s a mind thing,” she said. “If you think about it, you can do it and you’ll make it.”
Kyleigh’s coach and P.E. teacher, Bill Lentz, was one of those thoroughly impressed with his young pupil’s accomplishment.
“I like to think I am an active person, but I’m inspired. She’s my hero and hopefully I can work out half as hard as she does,” Lentz said.
And just to let you see that PFA was cutting no slack on Kyleigh’s form, the video below will show you just how grueling these particular sit-ups were.
With arms crossed on her chest and her feet stabilized, the 10-year-old’s abs brought her all the way past her knees — 2,110 times.
Warning: watching it may make your abs cry out in pain.
While Kyleigh Bass should definitely be proud of this accomplishment, it turns out that her record, while impressive, still has a long way to go before it can beat the record holder for max overall number of sit-ups.
That is held by Skip Chase, who set it on January 8 and 9, 2004, over the course of a 24-hour period. His overall number: 110,912. That’s around 77 per minute on average, according to the number-crunchers at Top End Sports.
Kyleigh averaged just over 23 per minute.
Even so, it is unlikely that anyone reading this would want to challenge Kyleigh Bass to a sit-ups competition any time soon.
After all, the minimum number of sit-ups required of a Navy SEAL is 52 in two minutes. Not to give the wrong impression of Navy SEALs, most can do 100 in two minutes.
Still, Kyleigh Bass isn’t too far off from being able to meet the basic qualifications.
As for other amazing kid accomplishments, 5-year-old Brawly Jacobs of Litchfield, Illinois, bowled a game and achieved over 100 points, becoming the youngest person to ever do so on March 4, 2012.
And 10-year-old C.J. Senter achieved national acclaim as the “kid fitness guru,” who, at 10-years-old, brandished an eight-pack of abs and made public fitness appearances at elementary schools.
Impressive to say the least, but doctors also warn that too much fitness with kids trying to be too much like C.J. Senter and Kyleigh Bass could result in overuse injuries.
Most doctors suggest that kids have up to an hour per day of heavy exercise, and that includes water breaks every 15 to 20 minutes.
But what do you think, readers?
Are accomplishments like that of Kyleigh Bass to be celebrated or cause for concern? Sound off in the comments section.
[Image via Fox 4 KC, linked above]