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Bounce into record books with exercise

Bathonians have been given the chance to bounce their way to a world record.

An event to raise funds for the teenage cancer unit at the Royal United Hospital will see the world’s biggest ever Swiss ball exercise class take place.

At the moment the world record stands at 348, but organisers are hoping to easily topple that, and get at least 600 people bending and pressing for a good cause.

Anyone who has visited a gym recently will know the joys and pains of the Swiss ball, one of the latest gym props for overall fitness.

You can sit on it, do press-ups or sit-ups on it, or lie on your back doing stretching exercises.

Some love it, some hate it, but no-one can deny its fitness benefits.

Funds raised from the event will go towards the Forever Friends Appeal to raise £8.5million to build a new state of the art cancer centre at the hospital.

A spokeswoman for the appeal said: “It is not every day you get the chance to break a world record, so this is a fabulous opportunity.”

Anyone aged 14 and over, with a reasonable level of fitness, can take part.

Lead instructor Kiz Davis said: “The class will be low impact and suitable for all levels of fitness.”

It is being organised by Swindon-based IT and communications company Excalibur, who are appealing to as many people as possible from the Bath area to take part.

The RUH catchment area includes Wiltshire, and many cancer patients from Swindon are treated there.

The proposed new cancer centre at the RUH will transform cancer care for patients and their families.

Organisers hope to raise £50,000 for a new teenage and young adult cancer facility at the hospital.

At the moment teenagers are treated in the children’s ward before moving to adult care at the age of 18.

The low impact class will last just 40 minutes and will take place at the David Lloyd Gym in Swindon on October 11.

Find out more here: http://ex-c.co.uk/recordbreakingballs

Picture Copyright: Artur Lesniak  /  Local World

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