Rocket City Tailgate Challenge includes attempt to break Guinness World Record for burpees

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Want to help break a Guinness World Record? Put on some comfortable clothes and head to the Rocket City Tailgate Challenge this Saturday, August 22 at the Von Braun Center.

You're invited to join in the attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most people performing burpees simultaneously.  You'll do them for two minutes.

What's a burpee? We're glad you asked.  It's a full body exercise used in strength training and as an aerobic exercise. The basic movement is performed in four steps:

  1. Begin in a standing position.
  2. Drop into a squat position with your hands on the
    ground.
  3. Kick your feet back, while keeping your arms extended.
  4. Immediately return your feet to the squat position.
  5. Jump up from the squat position.

Don't worry if you're a little confused by reading this.  There will be a demonstration ahead of time.  Here's a video too:

By the way, the current world record is 295 people.

The Guinness World Records record attempt will take place at 12 p.m. on the turf inside the VBC South Hall in the Rocket City Tailgate Challenge.  To pre-register, please visit any area HealthSource location or arrive early the day of the event for on-site registration.

Joe Martin of Huntsville Adventure Boot Camp will lead an exercise session from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. Come out and get a great workout, do burpees and you'll be set for the day!  School supply donations will also be collected for Free2Teach.

Admission to the Rocket City Tailgate Challenge is free -- so even if you don't want to do the workout or the burpees, come down and watch and cheer on the participants. Burpees aren't for the faint of heart -- the people doing these would love your support!

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