RECORD BREAKER: Weightlifter to turn pro after setting new record

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A bodybuilders has beaten his idol’s world record attempt and says now it’s time to go pro.

Simon Diamond, 23, of Liverpool Road, Longton, managed to beat US celebrity fitness guru Mike Chang’s record of 13 pull-ups by three, managing to lift himself 16 times in a minute with a 20kg weight strapped to his back.

Natural bodybuilder Simon Diamond attempting two world lifting records at Larches and Savick ABC Boxing Academy

Natural bodybuilder Simon Diamond attempting two world lifting records at Larches and Savick ABC Boxing Academy

Ex-UCLan student Simon said: “I’ve been lifting weights since I was about 14 but I really started to take my fitness seriously about two or three years ago.

“I’ve been training as a bodybuilder and I’m hoping to compete professionally in May.”

Simon, who works with disadvantaged young people and encourages them to take part in sport, also beat another famous athlete’s record in the same day but said he was “feeling fine” after the feat.

He managed to better German Olympic cyclist Robert Förstemann, who is famous for his gargantuan 28in thighs, with his attempt at squats, doing the equivalent of 20 squats a minute for 15 minutes.

I’ve been lifting weights since I was about 14 but I really started to take my fitness seriously about two or three years ago.

Simon Diamond

Simon was inspired to power through by thoughts of his friend, Carly Potts, who sadly passed away last month aged 26. He said of his pal and fellow UCLan student: “She was one of the most bubbly, positive, witty people I’ve ever met. It was real a shock to learn about her passing.”

Simon said that he was hoping to inspire his young students by showing them what you can achieve with “effort, planning and preparation”.

The fitness fanatic says he is concentrating on his future career as a muscle-man, saying: “I’ll be treating my body like a temple.”

Simon’s challenges come as Guinness World Records marks its 60th anniversary this week. He is now waiting for them to verify his efforts.

Natural bodybuilder Simon Diamond attempting two world lifting records at Larches and Savick ABC Boxing Academy

Natural bodybuilder Simon Diamond attempting two world lifting records at Larches and Savick ABC Boxing Academy

To celebrate the Guinness World Records milestone, we searched for records held in Lancashire and chose some our favourites to share with you here