39 hours, 59 minutes to glory: Fremont woman set Guinness World Record for longest fitness class

By JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
March 05. 2018 10:47PM


Eleven women from the Rock Your Body fitness studio in Fremont have broken the world record for the longest fitness class. (Courtesy/Stephanie Minion Photography)

FREMONT — It’s official.

Eleven local women who rocked out for 39 hours and 59 minutes have broken the Guinness World Record for the longest fitness class.

Known as the “Electric Eleven,” the team from the Rock Your Body fitness studio in Fremont learned Friday that all their sweat and tears had paid off.

The team began exercising on the morning of Dec. 30, 2016, and ended as they rang in 2017 together with their friends, family and other supporters by their side.

While they assumed they broke the record, the women had to wait until now for Guinness to make the record official. They now hold the title of the longest marathon aerobics/exercise fitness class.

“I knew that we did it. I’ll never forget every minute of that workout, but to finally be recognized for our attempt was quite amazing. I immediately told the ‘Electric Eleven’ and they all felt the same way. We could finally say, ‘We did it,’” said Rock Your Body owner Sara Cloutier, who instructed the record-breaking class.

The women set out 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.

In addition to Cloutier, others on the team were 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.

Marino, 40, said she was excited to be part of such an experience and to finally get confirmation that they were, in fact, the official record holders.

“I think the first thing is you well up with all kinds of emotions. Obviously we waited quite some time, but it’s exciting to know that average people like ourselves could do something that no one else in the world has ever done. We did it as a team, which makes it even more exciting,” she said.

While the experience was exhausting, Marino said the support that the team received from each other and those who came to cheer them on made things easier.

“We were able to push through it. We just kept going,” she said.

The world record attempt was also memorable for Melanson, 47, who described it as a “true team experience.”

“As we were getting toward the end it was really, for lack of a better word, electrifying with the energy in the room. This was a complete group effort. Everybody was so supportive,” she said.

Cloutier, 36, said Guinness initially said she would be listed as the official record holder and the others would be “participants,” but later agreed to list all members of the team as record holders. Their names will also appear on the official certificate.

“The best part was the number of people that have reached out to me saying how inspiring it was and how it has motivated them to challenge themselves and a few have even said they wished they joined us,” she said.

jschreiber@newstote.com


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