North Alabama participates in world’s largest group workout with a cause

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Three Tennessee Valley locations joined thousands across the globe sweating their way into record books.

“What we’re doing is breaking the Guinness Book of World Records for the amount of people that participated in our challenge today,” said Greg Ledford, promoter for ViSalus, a health and fitness meal replacement company.

Saturday at noon, regardless of time zone, thousands got to work to break a flash mob record with the world’s largest group workout.

To up the ante, the fitness went to a great cause to fight childhood obesity.

ViSalus donated 30 meals for every adult that participated. It’s part of their Project 10 Kids initiative where they continuously provide healthy meals to underprivileged children. The company has previously donated to the Food Bank of North Alabama.

“Everybody started talking about it, about coming out today and participating,” said Amy Smith, who participated with her husband, children, and grandchildren. “I thought it was a great idea, especially to start out the new year.”

For Vortex Gym on Leeman Ferry, hosting the free effort was a no-brainer.

“We have all these people that are doing it, and we just love to be a part of it,” said gym manager Seth Gargis. “But being able to help kids along with that is just phenomenal.”

Close to 2000 meals have been provided just through the three participating locations in north Alabama.

The rain came down, hindering the outside workout plans, but it didn’t hinder the health-conscious cause.

“We moved things indoors, we modified what we did, and everyone had a great time. That’s what it’s all about,” said Ledford.

Learn more about ViSalus’ effort here.