Ready to break a world record are (from left) Chris Weaver, Martin Welling, Riaz Jannif and Chris Hamer.
Ready to break a world record are (from left) Chris Weaver, Martin Welling, Riaz Jannif and Chris Hamer. David Nielsen

Let's pool together

JUST how many bodies can you pack into a 25m swimming pool?

That's the question a Springfield fitness club hopes to answer this weekend when it combines a Guinness World Record attempt with an effort to contribute to a well-known cancer fundraiser.

Waterworx Aquatics and Fitness wants to squeeze as many as 200 men and women into its nicely heated aqua aerobics pool, and in turn break the record for the most participants in a single session.

Trainer Terri Browning said she and another two trainers would put the massive class through their paces with a quality combination of cardiovascular and strength exercises.

"I'll be running them through some push-ups on the pool step, some dips and some kicks," Ms Browning said.

"When there is such a large group, we can also create a massive whirlpool for an excellent resistance work-out.

"It should be a lot of fun.

"The biggest class I would have ever done would have been 55 people, so I will certainly need plenty of help from the other instructors."

The entrance price of $10 will go towards the fundraising effort for the upcoming Bike to Conquer Cancer ride, which fitness centre manager Riaz Jannif and a number of the Springfield gym's members will take part in.

Mr Jannif said his fundraising target was $2500.

"We're in the process of trying to find out what the current world record is for the most number of people in a pool at one time," Mr Jannif said.

"If we can't break the record this Sunday, it will make a good trial run for a much bigger attempt down the track."

A $2 sausage sizzle will be held immediately after the record attempt to help boost the final fundraising figure.

Anyone is welcome to join in with the fun at the Waterworx Aquatics and Fitness centre this Sunday, starting at 8.15am.



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