STOTT PILATES and Can-Fit-Pro joined forces to set the Guinness World Record for the largest Pilates class on Saturday, August 16 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. As of January 29, 2009 Guinness World Records has confirmed and made this attempt official as the World’s Largest Pilates Class to date. The final numbers accounted for over 623 participants who took part in the Matwork-based Pilates class that made fitness history. The successful record-breaking event was part of the third annual Can-Fit-Pro Consumer Fitness & Wellness Show held in Toronto, Ontario.
Fitness enthusiasts arrived with exercise mats of all shades and styles in hand and meticulously arranged them row by row. Limited edition, commemorative t-shirts were provided by both organizers and participants took to them instantly. Lindsay G. Merrithew and Moira Merrithew, co-founders of STOTT PILATES and hosts of the event, opened with a warm and empowering welcome while media from all over came to witness the action. Moira, Executive Director of Education and Master Instructor Trainer led the high-impact workout exemplifying the basis of contemporary mind-body fitness.
“This world record was more than just a gratifying experience for all – it was a celebration,” says Lindsay G. Merrithew, President and CEO of STOTT PILATES. “I’ve witnessed the growth of Pilates and I’m thrilled with its overwhelming popularity. The number of fitness professionals, Pilates practitioners and fitness enthusiasts in one room was inspiring – I could not think of a more memorable way to mark our 20th anniversary and how far this method of exercise has come.”
STOTT PILATES, a subsidiary of the Merrithew Corporation, is a full-service organization that provides Pilates education, videos and equipment worldwide. Founded in Toronto in 1988 by Lindsay G. Merrithew and Moira Merrithew, the company’s mission is to promote the benefits of mind-body fitness across the globe. For more information, please visit
Can-Fit-Pro is an education provider in the Canadian fitness industry. Delivering education, certification, conferences, trade shows, and membership services, Can-Fit-Pro now has over 17,000 members and continues to grow. Can-Fit-Pro members include some of the world’s most renowned fitness professionals, health club operators, industry suppliers, and fitness consumers.


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