Aussie mum in Abu Dhabi eyes new world record

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Aussie mum in Abu Dhabi eyes new world record
Mother of three will attempt the biggest number of pull-ups early next year

Abu Dhabi-based expat Eva Clarke will attempt to break the record of 4,500 pull ups by a womanImage Credit: Supplied

Way to go. Abu Dhabi-based Aussie expat Eva Clarke will attempt to break the record of 4,500 pull ups by a womImage Credit: Supplied

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Way to go. Abu Dhabi-based Aussie expat Eva Clarke will attempt to break the record of 4,500 pull ups by a womImage Credit: Supplied

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Published: 19:08 August 19, 2015
by Anjana Sankar, Senior Reporter

An Abu Dhabi mum is aiming to set three new world records by doing the highest number of pull-ups by a woman in six, 12 and 24 hours.

Pull-ups are a form of exercise that involves raising onself with one’s arms by pulling up against a horizontal bar fixed above one’s head. 
If Australian Eva Clarke, 36, achieves her mission, she will have a total of ten world records under her belt.

A fitness instructor at New York University (NYU) Abu Dhabi and mother of three, Clarke already holds the world record for the biggest number of pull-ups by a woman in the one-minute and one-hour categories.

Her latest achievement was in May 2015 when she ran the world’s fastest marathon carrying a 20kg backpack in London.

Gruelling training

Clarke is currently training to break the existing record of 4,500 pull-ups by a woman in 24 hours.

“I am striving to cross the 4,500 number and set records for the highest number of pull-ups at a stretch of six, 12 and 24 hours in one go,” Clarke said.

The record-setting feat will be attempted at the capital’s Al Wahda Mall in February 2016.

Clarke is leaving no stone unturned to make sure she is prepared for the big day. Her training regime starts at 6.30am and often stretches till late evening.

“In the evening, I am back in the gym. I end my day around 9.30pm with two and a half hours of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu,” she said.

But Clarke is not new to this challenging routine. Having worked as an army combatant and physical training instructor in the Australian army and air force between 1998 and 2012, extreme fitness is both a passion and way of life for her.

Clarke moved to Abu Dhabi in 2012 with her husband, and took up the job of a fitness instructor at NYU Abu Dhabi.

With the new challenge where she is upping her own fitness levels, Clarke said she is also trying to raise funds to help abandoned street kids in Brazil. “Like my previous world record attempts, this is also a charity event where I am hoping to raise $40,000 (around Dh147,000). The amount will be donated to the charity Task Brazil that works to provide medical aid, education and counselling to poor kids who grow up on the streets of Brazil.”

Residents can participate in the charity and fitness event by joining Clarke’s ‘Team Hua’ which currently has 100 members and meets twice a day in Abu Dhabi.