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More Than 600 Fitness Enthusiasts Celebrate Successful World Record Attempt For Largest Pilates Class

Toronto, August 20, 2008

STOTT PILATES® and Can-Fit-Pro announce a successful world record attempt for the largest Pilates class following an invigorating workout that served as the grand finale of the Can-Fit-Pro Consumer Fitness and Wellness Show in Toronto on Saturday, August 16.

A total of 623 fitness enthusiasts of all ages and abilities inhaled and exhaled their way through the half-hour workout led by Moira Merrithew, co-founder and executive director of education at STOTT PILATES and an internationally-recognized Pilates educator and mind-body fitness expert. The workout followed introductory remarks from Lindsay G. Merrithew, co-founder, president and CEO of STOTT PILATES who has led the development of the company’s innovative equipment line.

“There was a real energy and excitement in the room people moved together to create fitness history,” said Lindsay G. Merrithew, president and CEO of STOTT PILATES. “Beyond achieving an unofficial world record, this class was also a powerful demonstration of mind-body fitness as a growing part of people’s exercise interests.”

The World’s Largest Pilates Class was held in celebration of Can-Fit-Pro’s 15th and STOTT PILATES’ 20th anniversaries. Pilates is a rapidly-growing fitness activity with more than 10.7 million people in North America participating in some form of Pilates, according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association.

According to Guinness World Records, a total of 500 participants were required to break the record, with all participants performing the exercises simultaneously for a minimum of 10 minutes.

Also at the Can-Fit-Pro Consumer Fitness and Wellness Show, Moira and Lindsay G. Merrithew were presented with the Steve Block Vendor of the Year award in recognition of STOTT PILATES’ long-standing support and service to the fitness industry.

About STOTT PILATES: STOTT PILATES®, a subsidiary of the Merrithew Corporation, is a full-service organization that provides high-caliber 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.

About Can-Fit-Pro: Can-Fit-Pro is the largest provider of education in the Canadian fitness industry. Delivering quality 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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