What happens when you get thousands of Kayla Itsines fans together on a Melbourne night? A record breaking workout, of course!
Last Thursday, over 3500 ladies, and a scattering of men, converged at Melbourne Park in the heat of the night for the Kayla Itsines Guinness World Record Bootcamp. And I was excited to be part of it.
Kayla had posted a video one month prior asking her 6 million instagram followers to sign up for the attempt. Following sign up, we were told to bring a yoga mat, towel, water and ID, plus what times the gates opened. If I arrived unsure of what to expect, I am sure many others were the same.
The energy was high from outside the gate where hundreds were lining up just to get inside, to the bubbly girls checking tickets and handing out free t-shirts.
I laid out my mat a few rows from the front and sat back to enjoy the beats of DJ Tigerlily until kick off. After about 10 minutes, I turned around and was stunned to see the sea of people; this football oval as now covered with yoga mats and people eager to get started.
To really kickstart the event, CEO of BBG and Kayla’s boyfriend Tobi Pierce gave some words of motivation about the inspiration of the BBG community, some spot prizes and an idea of what lay ahead.
We’re trying to empower women all over the world to be the best versions of themselves.
The five world record attempts:
- Most people doing jumping jacks
- Most people doing lunges
- Most people running in place
- Most people doing sit ups
- Most people doing squats
And just like that, we were off. Within 10 minutes, everyone was puffing, the attempts had been made and we had to wait for the results.
Good thing we had Kayla on hand to put us through the paces of one of her famous workouts. She worked us. Hard.
Here is a little taste of what we all faced under the encouragement of Kayla.
3x sets of four exercises (30 seconds each)
2x two minute ‘competitive’ sets (after the split the crowd into two groups)
2x sets of three exercise blocks (three exercises in each block – arms, legs and abs)
Final burn of 30 seconds of 10 exercises
While we all stretched and caught our breath, the Guinness World Record official announced that we had broken all five records! At the end of the night, over 3500 people walked away with tired legs, arms and abs… and five world records to their name. Not bad for an average Thursday night.