An SHP client has leapt into the Guinness World Records by completing 68 jumping jacks in only 30 seconds. 

Simon Idio, 22, became homeless in late 2018 after his relationship with his family broke down. He is now living in our supported accommodation in Lewisham.

A keen athlete and fitness fanatic, it was while living in our hostel that Simon saw a video of a man breaking the world record for jumping jacks and decided to give it a try. 

Simon said: “Jumping jacks were part of my daily workout routine, so I wanted to see how well I could do. I broke the record in my bedroom on my second go, so I filled in an application to attempt it officially.” 

Simon was invited to make an official attempt at the Guinness World Records headquarters in Canary Wharf on International Guinness World Records Day. 

“I wasn’t too nervous in the lead up to my attempt,” he said.  “I knew I could do it and I was feeling well prepared. You are given three attempts, but I managed it on the first try. 

Simon went three better than the existing record of 65 jumps.  

He said: “When it was confirmed I was so happy I think I yelled out with excitement! The adjudicator gave me a certificate and a lot of photos were taken. I couldn’t stop smiling. It was an absolutely amazing experience.” 

Simon had been rough sleeping and staying in a night shelter when he was referred to SHP’s Young People services, which work with young people facing challenges including family breakdown, abuse or domestic violence. 

“I bought a £2 pillow from Tesco and slept on buses for seven days,” says Simon.  “At the time I was relieved to be out of my parents’ home but looking back on it, I realise how vulnerable I was.” 

Simon is now living semi-independently with support from SHP and says he is optimistic about the future. He is looking forward to a more settled Christmas this year, learning Mandarin and starting a course at City Lit in the New Year . 

Simon has enjoyed a lifelong enthusiasm for sport and exercise, especially excelling in football, athletics and basketball. 

“I’m not a member of a gym but I do a lot of cardio and strength training whenever I can,” he said. Working out makes me feel so much better when I’m feeling down or frustrated. It has helped me through difficult times.”     

Determined to stay active, Simon is already looking for his next physical challenge.  

“I keep myself very fit and healthy. If I come across a suitable exercise-based record, then I’ll definitely have a go at breaking it. I’d love to be able to do it again!