This past weekend Herbalife, a global nutrition company, collaborated with fitness enthusiasts around the world to set the new Guinness World Record for the most participants in a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout in 24-hours.
Part of this achievement also included a new world record for the most participants in a HIIT workout in one location, as the event’s main hub attracted nearly 4,000 extreme exercisers to the LA Live Plaza in downtown Los Angeles.
And you thought your gym’s boot camp class was crowded?
On March 7, 2015, the record-breaking workout began in Auckland, New Zealand at 9 a.m. local time. Over the course of the next 24 hours HIIT workouts in collaboration with the Herbalife initiative took off all across the globe. Participating countries included Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Romania, Spain, Italy, U.K., Russia, Ukraine, Africa, Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, Panama, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, and the U.S.
North America hosted 150 HIIT workouts alone, with the largest taking place in Chicago, New York, El Paso, Miami, and of course, Los Angeles.
At the end of it all Michael Empric, an official Guinness World Records® adjudicator, confirmed that the company had successfully set both new world records.
“It was great to be there in person to see so many excited and enthusiastic people all working out together,” Empric said in a press release.
Michael Johnson, Herbalife chairman and CEO added, “People from every corner of the globe gathered together in their communities with one goal—to show the world the importance of exercise as part of a healthy life.”
Plus, in addition to promoting the importance of exercise as part of a healthy and happy lifestyle, the event served as a global fundraiser for the Herbalife Family Foundation and its Casa Herbalife Program, which funds more than 100 health and nutrition programs for at-risk and low-income children in impoverished and underprivileged areas of the world.