Between 25th-26th September 2020 Idai Makaya, a 46-year-old man from Milton Keynes, broke the world record for the most chin-ups completed within 24 hours. Considered among the toughest fitness world records, the target he had to beat was 5,094 chin-ups. Idai reached a total of 5,340 reps within his 24 hour challenge, improving the record by 246 reps.


An attempt to break the 24-hour chin-ups world record of 5,094 reps. From 25-26 September 2020 Idai Makaya achieved 5,340 chin-ups within 24 hours (a new world record).

Idai Makaya (46 years old).  See


25-26 September, 2020.


Bodystreet Fitness Studio (Milton Keynes, UK). See


In memory of Idai’s late brother Garai, who died in a skydiving accident. The intention of the event was to raise funds for a charitable foundation in memory of Garai and to make a documentary film about Garai and the skydiving community he founded in Botswana.


Full details of this world record attempt can be found on this link:

Idai has written a detailed account of how he broke the 24-hour chin-ups world record on his blog.

ITV News covered the event and posted this report on their website.



Idai Makaya is a 46 year old Health & Fitness coach who runs a fitness studio in Milton Keynes, England. He is also a long-distance cyclist and a multiple ultra-endurance fitness world record holder. See 24 hour chin ups world record attempt was Idai’s 4th endurance fitness world record event and he has now succeeded in three of his previous four fitness world record attempts.

Idai lost his brother (Garai) on 11 Feb 2017 in a skydiving accident which occurred in South Africa. The accident occurred on the day Garai had just completed his training to qualify as a skydiving instructor. Garai had been a keen skydiver who used his skydiving activities to raise money for charitable causes in Botswana.

Idai took on the chin-ups 24 hour world record to raise awareness and funds for a project which he started working on in 2018 when he completed a 1,720-mile endurance ride twice across Britain on a stand-up bike to set a new Guinness world record.


The goal of his project is to set up a charitable foundation in Garai’s memory and  to make a documentary film about Garai Makaya and the skydiving community he founded in Botswana. The proceeds of the documentary film will also support the charitable foundation.


A few of Idai’s training photos & videos can be accessed from this folder:

Media, journalists and bloggers are free to use them in any publications in relation to this press release and world record attempt.


Idai trains using an advanced fitness technology called Electric Muscle Stimulation (EMS) which allows the muscles to work much harder and more fully than they naturally are able to.See:

EMS allows the muscles to contract up to 95% of their fibres simultaneously (conventional exercise uses less than half the muscle fibres at any one time) and EMS allows athletes to generate more power and better endurance from fewer and shorter exercise sessions. It also speeds up the metabolism, allowing maximum leanness (meaning that Idai can carry less body weight during his chin-ups challenge).

Idai also uses an elliptical stand-up bicycle called an ElliptiGO for his endurance training. See

The elliptical bike allows him to ride standing up and helps develop the endurance needed to stay on his feet for a full 24 hours, whilst getting on and off a chin-up bar. He’s built up his leg endurance by riding the elliptical stand-up bike for up to 24 hours at a time.

And, of course, he used a chin-ups bar to get better at doing chin-ups. In his routine chin-ups training sessions leading up to the world record attempt Idai would complete upwards of 1,500 chin-ups in a single workout. He initially trained in the laundry room at his fitness studio, until the COVID-19 lockdown forced him to relocate the chin-up bar to the garage at home. Since the end of March 2020 all his training was then done in a small cleared space in the corner of the garage, without windows.

His longest training sessions lasted up to 6 hours in duration and all Idai’s training was done in a fasted state (which meant taking in no food before or during training – only water). Training while fasting improved his ability to process energy from his body fat and also kept his weight down, but during the actual world record attempt Idai ate regularly to sustain himself throughout the 24 hour period.