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‘American Ninja Warrior’ fan destroys world pull-up record at just 17: ‘Blood, sweat and hard work’

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A 17-year-old Virginia high school student showed what being a warrior is all about.

Andrew Shapiro, a fan of the show American Ninja Warrior, decided he wanted to get in shape to compete on it when he becomes of age by breaking not one. but three Guinness World Records.

His inspiration for the feat was his father who waged, and won, a five-year battle against stage IV colon cancer, he told the Washington Post.

He trained rigorously, quit baseball for the year, ate sushi, watched Star Wars, Indiana Jones and X-Men movies to pass the time, the Post reported.

But after months of blistered hands and sore shoulders he was ready to take on the challenge.

“It was blood, sweat and hours and hours and hours of hard work,” Shapiro said.

On Saturday his moment arrived at the Relay for Life event in Fairfax County, Va.

He began doing pull-ups in front of 15 Guinness judges and three cameras set up by his family at 8 a.m.

Shapiro broke his first record by completing 3,515 pull-ups by the six-hour mark.

After 12 hours he had another record in his pocket with 5,742 pull-ups and he had just one more record to go.

By the time he reached 15-hours he had grabbed the 24-hour record but he kept doing pull-ups to add to his total.

When he was done, after 18 hours, the high school junior had amassed a total of 7,306 pull-ups.

In addition to breaking the three records he raised $4,000 for the American Cancer Society and had a big accomplishment to put on his contestant application for American Ninja Warrior.

“I’ve always liked challenging myself so I’ll add this to my resume as a person for American Ninja Warrior,” he told the Times. “I figure they won’t say no to someone who has the world record for pull-ups.”

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