STEVENS POINT, Wis., Sept. 28, 2011 // PRNewswire // -- Anytime Fitness member and Wisconsin native, Betty Lou Sweeney today broke the Guinness World Record for holding the abdominal plank with a time of 36 minutes and 58 seconds. The previous world record was 33 minutes and 40 seconds.
Betty Lou was joined by her Anytime Fitness trainer, Dave Candra, and cheered on by her husband Tom along with Anytime Fitness members and supporters earlier today at the Anytime Fitness in Stevens Point.
For Betty Lou, the accomplishment capped off an amazing two-year journey. In 2009, Betty Lou was severely overweight and nearly died from complications from an infection that went septic and shut down her kidneys. When she defied the odds and survived, she pledged to make a major life change, get off her medications and start enjoying life -- and she did just that. She joined her neighborhood Plover, Wisconsin Anytime Fitness and began working out six days a week with personal trainer Dave Candra. Today, more than 100 pounds lighter, Betty Lou is medication-free, fitter than most people, healthy and now a world-class record holder.
"Betty Lou is truly an inspiration to everyone who comes in contact with her," said Chuck Runyon, CEO of Anytime Fitness. "Like so many of our members, she set her sights on an amazing goal to take control of her health, and with determination and commitment, she achieved far beyond what she ever dreamed was possible."
According to Betty Lou, Anytime Fitness and her trainer Candra saved her life and were critical to her success today.
"When I walked into Anytime Fitness, my only goal was to get off my medication and start living a healthy life," said Sweeney. "I had never imagined being able to work out every day, let alone break a world record for planking -- I did not even know what planking was. I can't imagine now what my life would be like had I not walked in the door at Anytime Fitness and made a commitment to get healthy."
Founded in 2002, Anytime Fitness is now the fastest-growing fitness club franchise in the world with more than 1,600 clubs worldwide and one million members. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Anytime Fitness prides itself on providing its members with convenient and affordable fitness options in friendly, well-maintained facilities that feature top-quality exercise equipment. Clubs are open in 49 states, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Poland, the Netherlands, Grand Cayman and Japan. For more information, visit www.anytimefitness.com.
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