AA students join Andrews University in attempt to break world record

Situps

By: Kaily I.

Wednesday, during Andrews University’s Health and Wellness Fest, Andrews Academy students participated in a sit-up challenge located in Johnson Gym in an effort to break a world record. Participants had to accomplish one minute of sit ups together in one location. The current world record is 503 people doing sit ups at the same time in the same place.

To the participants’ disappointment, after attempting twice, they were unable to break the record. 521 people attempted the challenge, but some were disqualified for improper technique. In the end, only 496 people performed the sit ups correctly.

Dynae and Jessica Newkirk, Megan Allen, and Zoey Caballero await the start of the sit-up challenge.

Dynae and Jessica Newkirk, Megan Allen, and Zoey Caballero await the start of the sit-up challenge.

The participants had varying feelings about the event. Some students, like Dawson Iwasa, a junior at Andrews Academy, didn’t like the event saying that “it was a waste of time.” Other people enjoyed it. Mrs. Leiterman, principal at AA said, “It was cool. How many times in your lifetime do you get to say my school tried to break a world record? Besides that, had we not showed up, not one sit-up would have been done. It was good publicity for the school and it was fun.”

Overall, spirits were high. Event organizer Dominique Wakefield, in an interview with WNDU, said “If someone wasn’t able to complete it, I hope it will inspire them to say, you know, maybe I can work a little harder or make some positive changes so when we do it again I can complete the whole set.”

AU Health and Wellness Director Dominique Wakefield receives sit-up stats from assistants.

AU Fitness and Exercise Director Dominique Wakefield receives sit-up stats from assistants.

Andrews may have not been able to break the record this time, but coordinators say that they hope to try it again in the future.

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