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THE TENNESSEAN June 17, 2002

The following was taken from the TENNESSEAN interview.


'' 'Once you've lost everything your free to do anything' , and Rob Powell, the World Fitness Champion, is living proof. In February, Guinness awarded Powell the title after he completed a series of 11 events, adding a whole list of disciplines to the previous record.

The World Record now consist of....a 2 Mile Swim, 12 Mile Run, 12 Mile Hike, 1,250 Push-Ups, 1,250 Leg Lifts, 1,250 Jumping Jacks, 110 Mile Cycle, 20 Mile Row, 20 Mile Elliptical, 3,250 Abdominal Crunches, and 300,000 Pounds of Weights, Upper Body Only.

He did these events in 22:11:40, Smashing the old record held by Joe Decker.

Powell came to Nashville while Cycling The Natchez Trace, a 443 Mile Trail from Natchez Mississippi, to Nashville,Tennessee, and promoted fitness, along the way.

He completed the Trace, Cycling 177 Miles on the 4th day. 'I taught History for many years, and it is one of my hobbies, so I wanted to ride the Trace, because it is arguably the oldest road in North America, and it is History.'

Coach Powell, a Teacher/Coach in Texas, plans to break his own World Record this Fall.''