39 hours, 59 minutes: 11 rock out, take on world fitness record in NHBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent January 02. 2017 8:01PM
Eleven women succeeded in rocking their bodies for nearly 40 hours and are now awaiting word on whether they rocked enough to shatter the Guinness World Record for the longest fitness class.
The “Electric Eleven” team from the Rock Your Body fitness studio in Fremont exercised for exactly 39 hours and 59 minutes.
Their class began at 8 a.m. Friday and, with only brief breaks, ended at 11:59 p.m. on New Year’s Eve — just in time for the exhausted but upbeat women to ring in 2017 with their families, who gathered in the fitness studio to cheer them on.
“It was amazing. I was overcome with so much emotion and gratitude toward everyone that played a part in this adventure,” said Rock Your Body owner Sara Cloutier, who was the instructor for the class.
“The energy in the room for the last hour was literally electric. I felt like I could have run a marathon. My heart was beating out of my chest as I was coming to the realization we did it,” said Cloutier, a Fremont resident.
The goal was to beat the longest “aerobics marathon,” which was 39 hours and 20 minutes, set in 2012 in the United Kingdom by fitness instructor Esther Featherstone.
Cloutier said the 15- to 20-hour mark was the toughest. She had trained for months and prepared a workout that could be easily modified and adjusted, but she said there’s only so much preparation that can be done.
“From the beginning, safety was the No. 1 priority, so I was constantly checking in with everyone. The sleep deprivation was hands-down the hardest part, but Saturday morning when the sun came up we felt renewed and ready to finish strong,” she said.
Cloutier is sending 40 hours of video, along with statements from witnesses and timekeepers, to Guinness officials. The information will be reviewed to determine whether the group followed guidelines and set a new record.
Members of the fitness studio who participated in the challenge were Cloutier, Jean Clifford of Raymond, Debbie Jankowsky of Epping, Kristin Kilimonis of Kingston, Audra Lewis of Raymond, Erica Marino of Fremont, Eva Melanson of Fremont, Michele Mitchell of Chester, Tammie Reed of Raymond, Keri O'Brien Sabalewski of Fremont and Alison Theberge of Kingston.
Cloutier, whose studio opened in 2013, said she is now making plans to attempt the world’s longest Zumba class.