Samson’s chair, also known as a static wall sit, is known for being an exhausting, thigh-burning exercise.
While some struggle to maintain the position for 30 seconds, Dareen Barbar from Lebanon, who lives in Dubai, stayed in the position for a record-breaking 2 minutes 8.24 seconds.
With this impressive feat, the fitness and lifestyle coach broke the record for the longest Samson’s chair/static wall sit (female) – LA1.
Dareen has an above knee left leg amputation (LA1), and her record was attempted in conjunction with the launch of the Guinness World Records Impairment Records Initiative, which includes classification categories for those with physical, intellectual and visual impairments. She lost my leg at the age of 15 to bone cancer. Also had another accident in 2013 and broke her left hip where her amputation is and had to have two screws in the hip. However, that led her to discover her passion for sports and fitness after she started going to the gym to aid her recovery. Her inspiration came from Terry Fox, a Canadian athlete and cancer research activist who also had one amputated leg. The date of Dareen’s static wall sit attempt, the 4th June, was particularly significant to her. Dareen is married with two children and she plans to continue encouraging people to go beyond their limits and work hard to achieve personal and physical goals.