Age-defying athlete breaks Guinness World Record

Last Saturday, personal trainer Marc Battistella, aged 42, from Australia, proved that age is just a number when he broke the Guinness World Record for the longest aerobics class.

Columbian Duberney Trujillo set the world record in February 2005, with a 24-hour long aerobics class.
The attempt started at 11am last Friday with a rotating group of about 200 cyclists. To meet the requirements, he had to cycle with a class of 10 students at all times. He was allowed a five-minute break every hour or could accumulate a longer break. At 3pm on Saturday, he had clocked up 26 hours, breaking the record by two hours.

“It’s all the crazy training,” he said, shortly after the 11am start last Friday. “When the pain barrier comes, it’s the mental part of training that helps.”

Powered by sheer determination, protein bars and pots of his mum’s pasta, Mr Battistella made history when he rode through the pain barrier. Leading up to the event Marc trained up to eight hours each day – levels of exercise which place a great deal of stress on the body. Oxidative stress, in particular, is often a concern for serious atheltes.

According to Marc, planning his dietary requirements was crucial to sticking with his intense training regime and fitness, enabling him to complete the gruelling challenge and wipe out the previous world record.
As a professional triathlete, Marc has competed in the Ironman championships at Kona in Hawaii, as well as a 65 km run in the Dolomites in the Italian Alps, and finished in the Top 25 of the Six-Foot Track marathon which covers 45 km in the Blue Mountains (considered one of the toughest tracks in the world).
Such impressive athletic achievements require not only the utmost commitment to training and exercise, but also mental strength and determination. Marc swears by OmegaFlex – a patented clinical-grade fish oil supplement which combines ultra-pure omega-3 EPA, as well as omega-6 & -9 fatty acids, with collagen-supporting glucosamine hydrochloride.

“I have been taking OmegaFlex for the last 14 months of my training and I have noticed many different positive outcomes. My sleeping patterns have become very stable and the benefits of better quality rest have been ten-fold in terms of my health. Fitness-wise I have also had noticeable improvements, as training for competitive events can be very draining physically as well as mentally.”

With over 20 years’ experience in the fitness industry, as both an athlete and personal trainer, Marc recognises the importance of supplying the body with the right fuel, and helping to maintain optimum performance by fulfilling the specialised dietary needs of a body under strain from intensive exercise. “Healing the body, mind and spirit from this onslaught is the key to optimal performance levels”, says Marc.
Known for its mood-stabilising and concentration-enhancing properties, EPA (an omega-3 fatty acid which promotes chemical signalling in the brain) has a positive effect on brain neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. With strong antioxidant properties, EPA also helps to counteract the production of free radicals, experienced as a result of strenuous and prolonged periods of exercise. Pushing the body to the limit will also impose excessive wear and tear on the ligaments and joints. Marc advises his clients to safeguard their joints from inflammation and excessive wear and tear – something, which if ignored, could set athletes back in their training programmes and jeopardise their performance. Whether 22 or 42, athletes are reliant on their diets for the fuel needed to power them through training, competition and recovery.

OmegaFlex contains omega-3, -6 & -9 fatty acids, all of which are considered to have anti-inflammatory properties, as well as glucosamine hydrochloride – an essential amino sugar which forms the connective tissue in the joints. These ingredients work synergistically to nourish the synovial fluid (the shock-absorbing fluid which surrounds the joints, and supplies joint cartilage with nutrients), whilst protecting against inflammation-related injuries.

Most over-the-counter fish oil preparations combine EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids, which are of less benefit to the athlete. OmegaFlex has been formulated to optimise the important role of the omega-3 fatty acid EPA in the brain and body. Research suggests that EPA, in its pure molecularly distilled form, may have benefits over EPA and DHA in combination. By supplementing the diet with pure EPA, the body is able to convert EPA into DHA whilst maintaining the healthy production of immune-supporting anti-inflammatory eicosanoids.

OmegaFlex is available direct from Igennus on 0845 1300 424 or and most good health food shops.

Notes to editors:

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