Dubai: Dubai Police have broken the Guinness World Record for most people performing burpees as part of the 30-day Dubai Fitness Challenge.
The new record saw 1,455 policemen from Dubai Police perform burpees simultaneously to break the earlier record, which involved 689 people and was achieved by Grey Court School in UK on September 23, 2016 to mark the 60th anniversary of the school.
A delegation from the Guinness World Records handed a Guinness certificate to Shaikh Mansour Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police.
Major General Al Merri said that the achievement was another feather in Dubai Police’s cap and was part of their goal to support social initiatives. “Breaking a Guinness world record is a creative idea to take the Dubai Fitness Challenge to a different level... We are always keen to support such initiatives, which aim to raise awareness about the important of being fit in the UAE,” he said.
Earlier, Dubai Police accepted the challenge by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of the Dubai Government and Dubai Sports Council. Shaikh Hamdan challenged Dubai Police to sign up for the ‘30 minute x 30 days’ Dubai Fitness Challenge.
“I promise Shaikh Hamdan to go all the way to achieve his vision of making Dubai Police members, including their families and children, practise sports,” Major General Al Merri added.
Meanwhile, Brigadier Khalid Shaheel, director of Community Happiness in Dubai Police, said they had managed to bring together 1,455 policemen in one place to practice burpees and break the world record.
“The old number was 689 people in a school in the UK. We decided to break the record during Dubai Fitness challenge,” Brigadier Al Shaheel said.
Burpee is a full-body exercise used in strength training and as an aerobic exercise. The basic movement involves four steps and it is also known as a four-count-burpee or CrossFit.