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Ashrita Furman – Most Guinness World Records Holder

Last Updated on October 10, 2020 by Darshan Modi

Ashrita Furman
Ashrita Furman


Ashrita Furman has been breaking world records since the year 1979 and is known for breaking 600 official Guinness World Records.


He was born on 16th September 1954 as Keith Furman in Brooklyn, New York.

Early Life

From a very young age, Ashrita Furman was always fascinated with the Guinness World Book of Records and all it entailed. He never thought that he would ever set or break any world record since he never had an interest in athletics.
When he was a teenager, Furman developed an interest in spirituality and later became a staunch follower of a spiritual leader known as ‘Sri Chinmoy’.
This spiritual leader inspired Furman to participate in a bicycle race that was to go for 24 hours. He had trained for only 2 weeks but ended up at third place after covering 652 km.
He was very excited and from his own word said that he felt like he was riding with his inner spirit rather than his physical body, something that a lot of people take for granted; all of us have it but rarely use it.
From then on, Furman decided to attempt breaking world records in order to inspire people to use their inner strengths.
It was at this time that he changed his first name to Ashrita which means “protected by God”.

About Ashrita Furman

Ashrita Furman has broken world records in all the seven continents of the world including places like: the Egyptian Pyramids, Eiffel Tower and even the Great Wall of China.
He began in 1979 by jumping 27,000 jumping jacks; this was his first official record.
In 1982, he opened a food store in Jamaica, Queens in New York which he manages himself.
Ashrita Furman travels extensively around the world. One of the reasons for this is him being the manager for his own meditation group.
In 1986, he invented and also set a pogo stick jumping record.
It was in 2003 that Ashrita Furman he set a mile hula hoop in Ayers Rock found in an Australian desert. It was at this point that Furman fulfilled his target of breaking records in all the continents in the world.
In 2009, Ashrita Furman became the first person ever to hold 100 Guinness World Records all at once.
In 2011, Furman cycled underwater at Coimbra in Portugal. He broke the record for the longest distance covered which was 1.8 miles.
Ashrita Furman is popularly known for breaking 600 official Guinness World Records.

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Genetic Or Learned

Ashrita Furman has always admired the Guinness World Book of Records and was inspired to partake in breaking world records by the spiritual aspect of his life. He says that he meditates quite often which helps him quite a lot.

Guinness World Records

In 1976, he set his first record by jumping 27,000 jumping jacks.
Ashrita Furman broke the record for the fastest time running on stilts in China.
In 2011, he broke the record for the highest mountain climbed on stilts when he climbed Mt. Baden-Powell in California.
In 2014, he set a record by walking on 2 shovels as stilts in New York which took him 24 minutes.

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