Underwater Bench Presses – World Record Taken by Gerald Rioual

Retired professional swimmer Gerald Rioual challenged with his two young children that he could beat the record and staying true to his word.


He lifted a 110lb (50 kgs) barbell, 36 times in just 90 seconds without any aid from breathing equipment; he doesn’t put on a snorkel. Finally, he did- off the coast of the Caribbean island of Martinique.

Rioual said that “I got the idea that can defeat the record of underwater bench presses, when perusing the 2013 variant of the Guinness Book of World Records with his two new kids.”


Previously the underwater bench record was led by Marcello Paredi of Italy. He completed 20 repetitions in succession along the set of Lo Show de Record in Rome, Italy, on February 25, 2010.

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