Caine Eckstein. Born and bred on the Gold Coast, Queensland. My father was a Gold Coast life guard for over 20 years. I am the youngest of 3 having one brother and one sister. My brother is also a professional surf ironman athlete. He is known in the sport as the greatest of all time. My mother is a nurse at the Gold Coast hospital and my sister is a school teacher.
After retiring as a Gold Coast life guard for over 20 years my father began coaching at the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club. My older brother and I joined the surf club in there nipper program, myself as a 7 year old and my brother as a 10 year old.
Being coached by my father we both started racing at a State and National level both representing Queensland. At the age of 17 my brother won the Open Ironman at the World Championships in Daytona Beach, Florida. He then started racing in The Uncle Tobies professional ironman series alongside my ironman hero’s and idols. It was this time that I was hooked and had only one dream, to be a professional ironman like my brother.
As a junior I won multiple Australian Ironman Titles but it wasn’t till I was 18 years old that I had success at the elite level. Racing in Italy at Viareggio Beach I won the World Board Race in my first open age group competition.
In 2005 the famous Coolangatta Gold race, made famous by the Movie released in 1984 was bought back into the surf life saving racing calendar. The last time the race was run was in 1992. This is a 46 km race consisting of ski paddling, swimming, board paddling and running from Surfers Paradise beach going all the way down to Coolangatta Beach on the opposite side of the Gold Coast and back. This race was very special to my brother and I as our father Billy had raced the race in the 80’s best placing 7th. As a 19 year old I won the 2005 Coolangatta Gold and found a love for endurance sports and endurance racing. Taking short breaks in the sport to try my hand at long distance triathlon it wasn’t until 2008 that I returned to The Coolangatta Gold race. I then won The Coolangatta Gold 4 years in a row from 2008 to 2011.
I was always much more interested and suited to endurance sports having put all my focus in racing The Coolangatta Gold. In 2012 I changed my focus and made my goal to try and win the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman Series. A 6 race series run all over Australia in various formatted races from 15 minutes to 2 hours long. Being in a close 3 way battle with my brother Shannon Eckstein and Ali Day going into the final round at Noosa Beach I won that round and became Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman Series Champion in 2012.
After having success in The Coolangatta Gold and Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman Series I was invited as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. Definitely putting myself out of my comfort zone this was a great experience meeting new people and learning new skills as well as having to do live dances on National TV each week.
I then became interested in testing myself outside of my comfort zone. In 2014 I travelled to New York City to attempt the Guinness World Record for most pull ups in 12 and 24 hours. I attempted this record in the NBC’s Today Show studio having my record attempt live on The Today Show being shown internationally. I completed 4210 pull ups in 12 hours, breaking the 12 and 24 hour records and becoming a Guinness World Record holder.
It was at this time that I started to have an idea about a fitness app and how this fitness app could help various types of people at various stages of fitness all with different goals. Over the course of 2 to 3 years it was just a matter of putting pen to paper and writing down all these ideas and layouts of a possible fitness app that would also bring people together socially. I have many friends from overseas so it was really important to me to be able to produce something that bought everyone together through fitness and became a way for everyone to interact and motivate each other to keep going with there goals and bettering themselves through exercise and fitness.
Over the next year we began producing this app bringing all those ideas to life. As the ultimate goal of this app is to achieve 100 points a day through fitness but also being social and encouraging other members the App was called 100 Club.
My Guinness World Record for pull ups by this stage had been broken multiple times and stood at 7300. It became my goal to reclaim this record and on July 15th, 2016 I attempted the Guinness World Record for pull ups over 24 hours a second time in Australia being shown live on The Today Show as well as a live feed of my record on the 100 Club App. I completed 7620 pull ups over the 24 hours breaking the existing record by 320 pull ups and launching the 100 Club App.