On his 48th birthday, Hamilton resident Dan Moxley made a place for himself in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Last Sunday, he spent 50 minutes and 19 seconds doing the exercise called battling ropes or alternative waves. The challenge was completed using 20-foot ropes that are two inches around and weigh about 40-pounds each.
While the official verification won’t come from Guinness Book for 12-weeks, he did follow all the necessary criteria. Moxley completed the online form, had a witness, two timers and recorded the event from start to finish.
“I had done it longer, unofficially, before but just decided to stop at 50-minutes,” Moxley said. “The record was for no variations of alternating whips.”
A month ago, he looked up the record and saw it was 40-minutes and since he was doing about 20 minutes non-stop already, he decided to step it up.
“I decided it was something I was good at,” Moxley said.
His brother, Terry Moxley, was his motivation.
“My brother passed away in October 22,” Moxley said. “He was 51-years-old, an inch shorter than me and about 450 pounds. He had trouble being motivated and I did it for him. It was my way of grieving, it helped me get through it.”
Dan Moxley had gone to Maryland on spring break last year to try to get his brother moving.
“But he never did it,” Moxley said, with a catch in his voice.
The battling ropes have no official cadence just the challenge to keep the whip going.
“The hardest thing is holding on, your grip strength goes after about a half hour,” Moxley said. “Most people can do the battle of the ropes for two to three minutes. Thoughts of my brother motivated me. I was going to do it for 48 minutes since it was my 48th birthday but my wife challenged me to go 50, so I did.”
One of the timers was Hamilton Mayor Dominic Farrenkopf, who said the event was inspiring.
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“Dan was so positive,” Farrenkopf said. “To see his determination and the way he pushed through the whole time was uplifting. You could tell he wasn’t struggling but you could see his perseverance.”
Farrenkopf said Moxley’s heart was in the “right place.”
“He was talking about his brother who was in heaven, the school kids he teaches and his friends who inspire him,” he said. “He had an upbeat attitude and was doing it for the right reasons. I was surprised at the intense effort but not surprised that he broke the record.”
The day after he broke the record, Moxley said he was “a little fatigued.”
“I don’t feel too bad because I conditioned for it,” he said.
Moxley is a certified athletic trainer and the physical education teacher at Hamilton’s Washington Primary School.
“I chase kids around about 10-miles a day. I’m not kidding,” he said. “I enjoy working there and have been working there four years. I used to work in special ed. The kids call me ‘Mr. Dan’ and they all love P.E. and want to be there every single day. It is lots of fun.”
Moxley said he was talking the entire 50-minutes.
“I was talking about what nutrition things that I do and how energy is converted in the body,” he said. “I’m a teacher so I’m always teaching. After a while my talking became labored because it is equivalent to doing wind sprints.”
Moxley said he does plan to break his own record to help others and benefit a nonprofit.
“I’ll do it for any charity that is good,” he said.
The Guinness Book competition took place at Iron Horse where Moxley is a member and he credits an extra push from coach Justin Zimmerman.