World records are becoming a common theme in Greenwood and associates at FujiFilm USA joined in on Thursday by setting the world record for the most people doing sit-ups simultaneously. Leading the charge was, of course, Cameron Dorn, a new world record holder himself.
More than 350 - 358 to be exact - associates headed out to an empty parking lot near entrance D at the FujiFilm facility and lined up in rows of 40. A two-man crew took to a scissor lift to video everything for submission to the Guiness Book of World Records. There were a number of “stewards” who were responsible for ensuring everyone did a proper sit-up during the 80-second window. Some associates did as many as 20 sit-ups during the window. Each associates received a t-shirt and a gym bag for attending. The previous record was 286.
Dorn was contracted FujiFilm in January as a corporate wellness coach. He has been coaching at companies with Team Kattouf since 2009 and was home for personal reasons when the opportunity came up at Fuji. Since Dorn arrived at FujiFilm, there has been a heightened focus on fitness, according to Lisa Emily, a senior public relations specialist.
“We’re in a manufacturing environment,” Emily said. “It is important to us that all of our associates can perform their jobs safely and part of that is fitness. Our main goal was to remove the obstacles that kept associates from getting and staying fit.”
Dorn has designed specific stretches and exercises for different jobs at the plant. Emily said associates stretch during shift change and periodically throughout their shift. There are 13 fitness classes offered at the facility, including boot camp, line dancing and couch to 5K. The plant is also giving employees healthier food options in the vending machines and has put in walking paths through the facility where no personal protective equipment is required.
Emily said the new focus on fitness has increased the morale of the associates.
“We’ve seen a tremendous boost in morale,” Emily said. “We have also had a tremendous boost in enthusiasm. Associates are feeling better about themselves.”
Kevin Kessler, a facilities supervisor and coach for the boot camp class, agreed.
“A lot of the classes are during lunch,” Kessler said. “We can get a good workout in and eat a quick lunch. You feel more energized. Productivity is up and morale is up.”
Dorn is no stranger to world records. This past Saturday, Dorn shattered three world records: most burpees in 12 hours, most burpees in 24 hours and most burpees in 72 hours. He will only be credited with two of those records; he did not apply for the 72 hour record. He did 10,105 burpees in 24 hours to raise money for schools in Ware Shoals and Peru.