Londoners smash world record of most people squat jumping for one minute on Wandsworth Common

Sporty South West Londoners (plus one SW Londoner reporter) got their weekends off to a record-breaking start on Saturday, by smashing the Guinness World Record for most people simultaneously squat jumping for one minute.

An impressive 375 people donned their trainers to take part in the attempt, which took place on Wimbledon Common, easily outstripping the total of 250 needed to clinch the pole position.

The event was hosted by British Military Fitness, who run outdoor fitness bootcamps across London, as part of National Outdoor Fitness Day.

British Military Fitness Guiness world record attempt featured

Participants began arriving from 9am to register and take part in a tough warm-up, run by BMF instructors.

By 10am 375 people had arrived, registered and been kitted out with their BMF vests.

After some last-minute burpees, planks and press-ups, the 375 people were lined up in groups to await the starting whistle.

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The signal for the start came at 10.10am seeing the crowd put their thighs through their paces for a minute of squat jumps to take the coveted title.

Participants then had the opportunity to try out a gruelling bootcamp class on the common, although a fair few of the squat-jumpers (me included) made a dash for it, clutching their goody bags of healthy snacks.

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Harry Sowerby, Founder and Managing Director of British Military Fitness, said: “For this year’s National Outdoor Fitness Day, we wanted to follow the BMF ethos and do something both fun and challenging to promote the benefits of exercising in the great outdoors.

“Hosting a world record attempt, followed by the biggest ever BMF session, seemed like a fitting way to recognise and say thank you to our member community, as well as encourage others to experience the benefits of outdoor group exercise.”

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