TODAY   |  September 27, 2012

Meet the man doing 24 hours of pull-ups for charity

David Goggins attempts to set a Guinness world record in the TODAY studio by completing 4,021 pull-ups over the course of a day. As part of his mission to raise money for the families of soldiers who have been killed, the Navy SEAL will give up sleep, consume a liquid diet, and take only short breaks between pull-ups.

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>>> david has been called the toughest athlete on the planet. when he's not running 100-mile races, his day job , he's a navy s.e.a.l., and david began raising money for the members of special operation families.

>> he attempts to break the guinness world record for the most pull-ups in a 24-hour period. the current mark in the guinness world record 2013 edition, 4,020 is the number. good morning to you.

>> good morning. good morning.

>> tell us about this effort. why you wanted to do this.

>> el with, first of all, i want to say one thing. i'm here as an american, david goggins, american, doing this for just a great foundation. you know, this, it supports 900 kids to go to college since 1980 . and it's just a great cause. full tuition.

>> how do you prepare for something like this? how do you train? first of all, look at the shape you're in.

>> wow.

>> you haven't always been this physically fit, but you are now. what did you do to get ready for this effort?

>> well, start off with every day, i did 100 pull-ups every day. and i did that for about two, three months just to get base. then it went to 1,000 pull-ups, then it went to 2,000 pull-ups and like 600 a week.

>> you once weighed 300 pounds.

>> 297.

>> yeah. okay. okay. so you got yourself, you actually lost 100 pounds in two months.

>> right.

>> just to be able to become a navy s.e.a.l. what's the message you want to tell people?

>> i guess the whole thing, hold yourself accountable. don't quit. and sometimes the world is bad, you know, can get you down. but it's always about getting back up and just, you know, making something of a bad situation.

>> you're an endurance runner. you do the extreme marathons, 48 hours of running. let's be clear, you don't like to work out, right?

>> no, as you see there, i was 297 twice in my life.

>> wow.

>> i like to eat and i like to lift a lot of weights. this stuff right here is kind of tests my soul. test the limits.

>> we're going to bring in the adjudicator for the guinness world records . how many times are you allowed to take breaks over the next 24 hours , what can you eat? can you go to the bathroom.

>> i can take as many as i want to. on the minute, i'm going to be doing pull-ups. let's say it takes ten seconds to do pull-ups, i have 50 seconds to rest, if i go to the bathroom, i go and come right back. drinking, i'm drinking my food. liquid diet .

>> no sleep, obviously.

>> no.

>> and you're going for more than the record.

>> that's the plan.

>> what should we cook for you tomorrow when it's all over.

>> you know what? whatever would be great.

>> mike, what are you watching for? what puts the record attempt in jeopardy, things like that?

>> the number one thing is technique. every pull-up has to standard with a dead hang, they have to be totally extended and straight. and every pull-up the chin has to meet or exceed the bar, and then it's a matter of keeping count and hoping that the hours --

>> of you got this down. how many can you do?

>> yesterday i tried five, six maybe.

>> well, you beat us. should we get out of the way and let david do this?

>> we need a loud noise or a bell to start.

>> i'll have my stopwatch starting.

>> here we go.

>> getting into the motion.

>> yep.

>> good luck, david .

>> wow, it's like looking at myself in a mirror.

>> i was going to say. this segment got even more interesting. all right, david , best