World record in jump squats achieved by 378 London fitness fanatics
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From the longest finger nails and the tallest man to more abstract concepts like the fastest time to burst three balloons and the longest distance keeping a table lifted with the teeth, wannabe record holders are always promoting their freakiness/talent to get their names in “the book.” But now a group of almost 400 average Londoners (to everyone except their mothers), with the common goal of getting in shape, have made fitness history. At the end of May, Wandsworth Common in South London hosted the second annual National Outdoor Fitness Day, put on by British Military Fitness. But the day was more than encouragement to get fit. For the participants, that Saturday marked the day their names were engraved in the Guinness Book of World Records - for the most people simultaneously performing jump squats. To beat the previous record, the event required 250 people - but organizers were overwhelmed with the turnout. A whopping 378 people showed up to the Common with their trainers and water bottles, ready to crush the previous record. BMF easily surpassed their own goal, providing an uphill battle for future challengers passionate to perform jump squats en mass. According to British Military Fitness, the event was organised to “increase awareness of the various benefits of exercising outdoors and encourage people of all ages to get off the sofa and enjoy some physical activity in the fresh air.” Over 3,000 people participated throughout the nation at 90 different venues, regardless of their fitness levels. One of our own, Head of Marketing for BigChoice Group Lauren Hill, joined the group on Wandsworth Common and became a jump squatting world record holder. Following the jump squat challenge, the biggest ever BMF bootcamp commenced, with the aim of promoting the positive mental and physical effects of getting active outdoors. As current world record champions, it’s hoped that the title will encourage even more people to take up outdoor fitness. Whether you believe the record is outrageous or admirable, the record holders have unarguably clenched the title of Officially Amazing. To find out more about British Military Fitness visit www.britmilfit.com. For pictures of the day, check out our gallery below...
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