ELBURN – Muscles were pumping and sweat was flying at Pound 4 Pound Fitness in Elburn Saturday, as the gym participated in an effort to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous group workout.
The effort is being sponsored by ViSalus, a health and fitness company. For every person who participates, ViSalus will donate 30 meals to needy children, through its charity, Project 10 Kids, said Danny Deking, co-owner of the fitness center with Ryan Darby.
"We're going for a Guiness World Record for the largest simultaneous group workout," Deking said. "It's worldwide at 2,000 different locations."
Everyone who signed in during that hour on Saturday got to work out for free and each signature on a sign-in sheet meant 30 meals for a child struggling with malnourishment, Deking said.
Their participation is an opportunity not only to raise awareness about proper nutrition for children, exercise and fitness, Deking said, but to draw attention to the adult obesity challenges in the nation.
Danny Deking's father, Chet Deking, 57, of Sugar Grove, also participated because he wanted to be part of the effort to get nourishing food to hungry children.
Others working out that day included best friends Dylan Nauert and Jaumaureo Phillips, both 18, of Sugar Grove. The former Kaneland Knights football players said they are now playing football for their universities, Nauert for St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and Phillips for Aurora University.
"I want to support the cause and support the kids," Phillips said.
"I want to support the cause," Nauert said. "And feed the children."
Deborah Drallmeier, 20, of Geneva, was doing a punishing abdominal workout on a slant board. Every time she came up, Anthony McCoy, 22, of DeKalb, would throw her a ball. Drallmeier said she would do four sets of 20.
McCoy said he works as a promoter for the company sponsoring the worldwide workout.
Drallmeier said she started working out intensely about a year ago to prepare for boot camp when she joins the Air Force.
"I think this will make boot camp a little easier," Drallmeier said.
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