"Your body can't go anywhere your mind doesn't push it," read a sign hanging in front of the platform where Cameron Dorn spent 24 hours doing burpees, an exercise similar to eight-count body builders common in cross fit training regimens. Dorn's mind pushed his body to three new world records Saturday afternoon, all to benefit Ware Shoals schools and another school in Peru.
Dorn did 10,105 burpees in 24 hours, shattering the previous record of 7,684 set by Australian Julie Hoffman. Dorn also bested the previous 12 hour record and, remarkably, his 10,105 burpees in 24 hours also broke the record for the most burpees in a 72 hour period, which was 9,480.
Dorn said his commitment came from his desire to help the kids in Ware Shoals and Peru.
"Ware Shoals is the most underfunded school district in South Carolina," Dorn said. And the in Peru the situation is even worse. But if your 'why' is strong enough, then the 'how' will take care of itself. This was all about the kids and we were able to raise almost $11,000 for the schools."
Dorn's quest for the world record became an underground internet sensation, capturing the hearts of viewers from across the country and across the world, with viewers checking in from a number of different countries including England and Afghanistan.
Following his 24 hours of burpees, Dorn's body was showing the wear of his enormous challenge. He appeared to to have difficulty squatting down to get a drink and there several places on his hands where blisters burst and left large patches of skin hanging between his fingers.
Despite the obvious physical issues, Dorn was just as upbeat as he is on any other day. It is that mental toughness, according to Dorn, that allowed him to complete his goal of 10,000 burpees in 24 hours.
"My body went through a lot of dark periods over the last 24 hours," Dorn said after his father blew the air horn, signifying the end of Dorn's 24-hour challenge. "You ride the highs and press through the lows."