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It's a New World Record!
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 03 November 2006
LAST Saturday, Greg Blackley of Maleny set a new (unofficial) Guinness World Record.   The aim for Greg, a personal fitness trainer, was to bench press over 201,000kg in a 12 hour period.   He not only achieved his goal, but blitzed it! 

Debbie Staines, Greg Blackley,
 Kerry Lee and Peter Spencer.
“I started at 5am with 12 hours ahead of me,”

Greg said. “By 9.20am I’d broken the record and
by the end of the day I’d bench pressed a total of 361,000kg.   Oh, and I took an hour off for lunch, so it was actually 11 hours,” Greg beamed.

The day started off well, with Greg lifting sets
of 200kg and 100kg with periodic rests.   “Then when I knew I’d broken the record I couldn’t lift 200kg! Such is the power of the mind,” he said.

It took a while of pressing 100kgs, then Greg
was back into it.

Greg felt tired around 3pm, exhausted at 4pm,
but with just a half hour to go at 4.30pm his endorphins kicked in and he powered to the finish.   The stats show Greg did a massive 3158 repetitions, moving 32,818kg in 287 lifts every hour.

The event was not only a test of Greg’s
endurance and strength, but raised funds towards cancer treatment for local mum Kerry Lee Spencer.

Debbie Staines, Greg Blackley, Kerry Lee and Peter Spence
 
“I don’t know what the final tally was, but the box was filled with money and cheques so I’m sure that will ease some of the pressure for Kerry Lee and her family,” Greg said.

The event was well supported, with over 150
people calling in to Greg’s Bodytime studio in Maleny to cheer him on.

“My friends, family and clients were a great
support,” he said.   “Adam and Angie came and gave me a massage, my friend and chiropractor Lee helped me when I needed it, Leesa from Gypsy’s Table prepared me a beautiful lunch and my partner Deb was a great moral support.”

Chiropractor and former Mr Queensland
Heavyweight Champion Dr Hans Lingren and exercise psychologist and Queensland Power Lifting Champion Marcus Weir were also there to assist their long-time friend Greg.  

Greg was all smiles at 5.30pm as he enjoyed a
celebratory champagne with friends and supporters at an after party generously thrown by Colin and Jean’s at Colin James Fine Foods, Maleny.

Kerry Lee and her husband Peter popped in for
a short time to thank Greg for his wonderful support.   Not surprisingly, Greg asked for a little help pouring from the ‘heavy’ champagne bottle!



Last Updated ( Friday, 03 November 2006 )
 
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