Buffalo Native Back Home to Celebrate World Record Status

September 27, 2013 Updated Oct 8, 2010 at 7:04 PM EDT

By WKBW Internet

September 27, 2013 Updated Oct 8, 2010 at 7:04 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Buffalo native Shemika Charles is back in town to celebrate her entry into the Guinness Book of World Records last month. Shemika is the world record holder for performing the lowest limbo by a female, under 8.5 inches, which she performed at Buffalo's City Hall on Friday.

So how does she do it? Shemika says she's very flexible, has healthy habits, and does plenty of training. "It's a lot of strength and conditioning in my knees and my lower back, so without those things it would be a little difficult," Shemika Charles said. "Breath control is a huge part of this, I can't breathe almost the whole time I'm under the bar because if I do I'll knock the bar off."

Shemika's mom says it's also the family limbo genes that help her daughter out. "She's taking over because... I use to do it, not as low as she does," Sherrie Charles said.

Shemika is a student at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Tonawanda and says now that she holds the world record her next step is to keep it.