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World Record holder, James Clark, tells us how he has been able to accomplish his amazing feats

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James Clark started his world record breaking quest in 1987 at the age of 22 and went on breaking four different records for the next three years. In 1987 James did 2,001 parallel bar dips in one hour. In 1988 he did 33,001 pushups in 24 hours and then in 1989, he broke the world record for number of sit-ups in 24 hours, Clark established a world record of 44,001 sit-ups in 24 hours and this world record has not been broken since. After breaking this world record he was invited to be a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman. James took a hiatus from world record breaking feats to study philosophy and theology. James graduated from St. Thomas University with a B.A. in theology and minors in philosophy and psychology. He then completed a M.A. certificate program(18 graduate credits) in theology from St. John´s University and then he got his Ph.d in Platonic metaphysics from St. Alcuins College James returned to world record breaking competition in 2003 by breaking the world record for bench press by lifting 55,500 kilos in one hour. In 2004 he did 1,575 sit ups in an hour with 52 pounds on his chest and without anyone holding his feet. And in April of this year, he lifted 91,000 lbs. in an hour on a lat machine. James is 44 years old and believes that real strength does not come from the body but from the soul´s connection to the ¨Eidos¨ i.e., the forms. The forms are(in Plato´s world of the ¨real¨) the source or model for the images that make up this world. The ultimate form of the goodness itself is the source of our soul and it is the connection of our soul to this source that gives us the ability to do seeming impossible things.