AS the sun rises Anthony Kelly finishes the first 50 push-ups and sit-ups of 200 he will complete that day, and every other day, for the next 200 days.
He has imposed the rigorous training in the lead up to the next Guinness World Record he plans to break, with the most chopsticks to hit a target blindfolded in one minute.
“Am I confident I’m going to break this record? Hell yeah,” Mr Kelly said.
His love of martial arts began more than 40 years ago and quickly became a Guinness World Record obsession, of which he now has more than 40 under his belt.
“I had a great passion for Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali and I really wanted to be as fast or as good as I could be, I’m the youngest of five brothers so living in the seventies was pretty full on,” he said.
“I was sick of getting the cane at school and getting bashed up at the bus stop so I thought there had to be a better way to live life than being a punching bag.”
Each record he plans to break takes significant physical and mental preparation.
“When I do it I’m so focused that I can hear flies flying around,” he said.
“I don’t meditate and lots of people expect that I sit around watching a mountain or something, my meditation is catching a ball travelling at 200km/h or doing something really deadly because it gets me in the zone.”
Mr Kelly lives on a diet of meat and potatoes and claims he hasn’t eaten fruit or vegetables in his life.
Unwilling to reveal the next record he plans to break, Mr Kelly said the ideas he has for the future are significantly dangerous.
“My motto is ‘physically, mentally, faster, stronger,’” he said.
“I know I’m only going to live once and so that’s why I do it, I want to try to get the most out of myself.
” I’ve got some really wild ideas of what I want to do but it’s pushing the human boundaries and I don’t want to die just yet.”
The record for most chopsticks caught sighted is also held by Mr Kelly.
The record attempt will be held on Sunday in his home and Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall will witness the proceedings.
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