- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

ANGOLA, Ind. (AP) - A Fremont couple can boast they will appear in the upcoming 60th edition of “The Guinness Book of World Records.”

The Rev. Jon and Amy Bruney will appear in the 2015-London, England-published book for a feat they accomplished June 25, 2013.

The couple set the world record for the stunt of the most consecutive rope jumps on a bed of nails over a person with 117 jumps. Bruney laid on his back with a board of sharp nails on his chest. Amy jumped rope on top of it.

The book will commemorate the feat with a photo and detailed description of the record.

The Bruneys’ record attempt was televised on truTV’s “Guinness World Records Unleashed.”

“Not everyone makes the book,” Bruney told The Herald Republican (https://bit.ly/1yp38cv ). “When we did it - the whole idea is you get one shot. My nerves and confidence was high and I worked on strength endurance.”

Bruney said he wore nothing for protection against the nails during the achievement.

Afterward, Bruney didn’t suffer any injuries or puncture wounds and said, “You could see the marks and see the dots. Amy was OK, but it’s also dangerous for her. She’s on an uneven surface and each of us could be injured.”

Amy said it was quite nerve-wracking knowing if she slipped she could seriously hurt him, as well as herself.

“If I had tripped it’d be over. I counted in my head to 100 to go as far as I could and I tried to balance. I stopped (counting) at 100 because I like even numbers,” she said. “The most pain I felt was in my (quadriceps). He’s not flat and it’s really hard, but it’s a mental thing.”

For breaking the world record, the couple received a certificate from Guinness.

Bruney is pastor at Zion Missionary Church, Fremont, a motivational speaker and best-selling author. He earlier made news in helping set another world record by pulling a 31,000-pound semitrailer the distance of one mile in 96 minutes. That record did not appear in any Guinness publication.

Amy is a music educator who leads two girls’ choirs called “Dazzle and Amaze.”

“When we found out, it was cool to be in the 60th edition,” Amy said.

In training for his Guinness record, Bruney went to such extremes as working with 50-pound to 150-pound kettlebells that look like cannon balls with iron handles.

Some of Bruney’s other stunts have included having a bowling ball dropped on his stomach and dead lifting the backs of sports utility vehicles. His physical strength has led to harness-lifting more than 1,000 pounds, and he can press a 250-pound log over his head.

Bruney is planning his next stunt with Amy but doesn’t have anything confirmed yet.

The Guinness website said some of the most frequently broken records are the longest disc jockey marathon, heaviest item lifted with glue and most apples bobbed in one minute.


Information from: Herald Republican, https://www.heraldrepublicanonline.com/

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