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By Jack Williams

A determined cystic fibrosis sufferer has smashed a world record by lifting a staggering ONE MILLION kilograms of weight in less than 24 hours.

The total lifted by Brit Josh Llewellyn-Jones, 31, equated to around three Boeing 747 jets, smashing the previous record of 475,000kg lifted in the same timeframe.

That total meant that Josh, on average, lifted more than 700kg per minute during his marathon lifting session, on September 29, 2018, in St Athan, South Wales.

Pic by Paul Fears / Caters

In order to train for the challenge, Josh spent around five months working out for four to five hours a day, eating anywhere between 7,000 and 8,000 calories each day to keep his weight stable.

The idea for the challenge came to the Cardiff resident when he was looking into the most weight lifted in 24 hours, deciding that one million kilograms was a good number to aim for.

During the session, Josh – who takes roughly 50 tablet a day to deal with his condition as well as an inhaler – had to stop in order to be sick, receive massages and refuel.

The challenge was split between four exercises – squats, bench presses, bent-over rows, and leg presses – each rep carrying weights of between 60 and 170 kilos.

In total, Josh completed roughly 10,000 reps on his way to raising money for charitable causes, and he hit the one-million mark after 22 hours and 10 minutes of exercise.


Earlier this year, Josh helped set up CF Warriors, a charity to generate £100,000 in order to help those with cystic fibrosis sufferers cope through exercise.

Following his challenge, Josh also received a Pride of Britain Award for being ‘Welsh Fundraiser of the Year’. 

Speaking of his positive mindset, Josh said: “I wouldn’t be as fit as I am without cystic fibrosis – and I know that’s quite a controversial thing to say, but I just wouldn’t push myself as hard if I didn’t have it. 

“I think many people are still in shock that it’s been completed, to be honest. 

“I averaged 755 kilo a minute for 22 hours and 10 minutes, which not many people believed was humanly possible. 

“It was by far the toughest challenge I’ve ever done. 


“After Hour 2 I was struggling with the pace, but when the cause is so strong, you’ll do anything to get across the finish line. 

“This challenge was so important to show not only CF Warriors but the general public what is humanly possible when you put your mind to it. 

“At the last rep, it was a sense of relief – the pain of every rep had finished and I got quite emotional. 

“I hope people understand that impossible is not a fact, it’s just an opinion. 

“I also hope people become inspired to chase after their goals and that if they put their mind to it, anything truly is possible.”