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Rick completes record-breaking challenge

A GYM member in Norwich has completed a record-breaking challenge - by spending five hours balanced on a fitness ball.
Rick Maczka, 44, a member of Greens Health Club for four years, did the challenge to raise money for charity, in memory of his mother Elsie, who died of cancer 23 years ago.
Rick began using a fit ball two years ago in a bid to improve his posture and core strength, and help his Tai Chi.
He said: “I started intense training for the event about six weeks prior, standing on the ball a few times a day for around 90 minutes at a time.
“This caused me to sprain ligaments in my back, and I had a lot of help from the sports therapist at the gym, as well as from a personal trainer.”
Rick, a hypnotherapist who lives in a Buddhist community and works as a counsellor for Channel Five’s The Trisha Goddard Show, smashed the current world record of three hours 45 minutes, but it cannot be recognised by the Guinness Book of Records.
He said: “The rules state the ball must be completely smooth, without any ridges, but they are impossible to get hold of. I spoke to the current record holder and he said it shouldn’t matter as I stayed on the ball so long.”
Rick will make a second world record attempt in September. He added: “I feel I’ve made a statement that shows people they can participate in life, and not just let it pass them by. It was a mental challenge as well as a money-raising and record breaking attempt and I’m looking forward to September.”
So far Rick has raised more than £1000 from his first attempt in July.

Go backPosted on 16th August 2007