Peter Nestler has made a living jumping rope, but in the past 1½ years he has been breaking Guinness World Records.
The seven-time world rope-skipping champion from Oklahoma set his first world record — jumping rope 237 times on a unicycle in less than a minute — in February 2013 and on Thursday attempted to set the record for fastest mile while hopping on one foot at the Highland Middle School track in Granger Township.
He clocked a time of 18 minutes and 25 seconds, which has to be reviewed by a Guinness World Records committee, smashing the previous record by more than five minutes.
Coach and retired Highland Middle School sixth-grade teacher, Bob Berry, timed Nestler.
“You got it Peter, don’t stop!” Berry yelled as Nestler rounded the corner for the final 200 meters.
Nestler enjoys breaking the records but said he never will attempt the hopping feat again.
“A lot has to do with the physical challenge, he said. “ But a lot also has to do with the feeling of when you overcome something that seemed almost impossible.”
The previous record was 23 minutes and 15 seconds.
Some of his world records include most skips while juggling a soccer ball in one minute, most skips while on a unicycle in one minute and most skips of a rope while wearing swim fins in five minutes.
“He has been real focused since he started rope skipping in elementary school,” Berry said. “He wants to do stuff that no one else has done.”
Nestler said he decided to start breaking records after looking for new workout routines.
“I picked out different records that I wanted to beat,” he said. “Initially they were all going to be jump-rope related but I had to add a couple that I knew I could break.”
His next record attempt will be for longest distance hopping on one leg on a treadmill.
He said he has been training for the one-legged hopping mile for about eight months.
Last December, he broke the world record for fastest mile while jump-roping on one leg with a time of 24 minutes and 44 seconds.
“I found out that I needed to do the one-legged mile separately and that the two records couldn’t be counted as one,” he said.
Nestler, who travels around the country doing motivational speeches for students on setting and achieving goals, was in the area this week for a speaking engagement.
Originally from Alaska, Nestler has been competing in regional and national rope skipping competitions since he was in third grade. His coach in third grade was Berry.
When Nestler graduated high school he made the choice to pursue jump-roping as a career.
His seminars are aimed at setting goals and achieving them. Nestler said he breaks records so he has something to back up in his talks to children.