than 600 fitness enthusiasts celebrate successful world record
attempt for largest pilates class
18, 2008 -- For Immediate Release
Toronto - STOTT PILATES® and Can-Fit-Pro announce a successful
world record attempt for the largest Pilates class following an
invigorating workout that served as the grand finale of the Can-Fit-Pro
Consumer Fitness and Wellness Show in Toronto on Saturday, August
A total of 623 fitness enthusiasts of all ages and abilities inhaled
and exhaled their way through the half-hour workout led by Moira
Merrithew, co-founder and executive director of education at STOTT
PILATES and an internationally-recognized Pilates educator and mind-body
fitness expert. The workout followed introductory remarks from Lindsay
G. Merrithew, co-founder, president and CEO of STOTT PILATES who
has led the development of the company's innovative equipment line.
"There was a real energy and excitement in the room people
moved together to create fitness history," said Lindsay G.
Merrithew, president and CEO of STOTT PILATES. "Beyond achieving
an unofficial world record, this class was also a powerful demonstration
of mind-body fitness as a growing part of people's exercise interests."
The World's Largest Pilates Class was held in celebration of Can-Fit-Pro's
15th and STOTT PILATES' 20th anniversaries. Pilates is a rapidly-growing
fitness activity with more than 10.7 million people in North America
participating in some form of Pilates, according to the Sporting
Goods Manufacturers Association.
According to Guinness World Records, a total of 500 participants
were required to break the record, with all participants performing
the exercises simultaneously for a minimum of 10 minutes.
Also at the Can-Fit-Pro Consumer Fitness and Wellness Show, Moira
and Lindsay G. Merrithew were presented with the Steve Block Vendor
of the Year award in recognition of STOTT PILATES' long-standing
support and service to the fitness industry.
About STOTT PILATES: STOTT PILATES®, a subsidiary of the Merrithew
Corporation, is a full-service organization that provides high-caliber
Pilates education, videos and equipment worldwide. Founded in Toronto
in 1988 by Lindsay G. Merrithew and Moira Merrithew, the company's
mission is to promote the benefits of mind-body fitness across the
About Can-Fit-Pro: Can-Fit-Pro is the largest provider of education
in the Canadian Fitness industry. Delivering quality education,
certification, conferences, trade shows, and membership services,
Can-Fit-Pro now has over 17,000 members and continues to grow. Can-Fit-Pro
members include some of the world's most renowned fitness professionals,
health club operators, industry suppliers, and fitness consumers.
For more information, please contact:
STOTT PILATES: Lisa Marchitto 416-482-4050 x265
Can-Fit-Pro: Lorna Sloukji 416-493-3515 x247
110-255 Consumers Road Toronto, Ontario M2J 1R4 Canada
Local: 416-493-3515 Ext. 247
Toll Free: 1-800-667-5622 Fax: 416-493-1756
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