Hollywood Personal Trainer Sets Elliptical Record For Charity

Erik Flowers, a Hollywood-based gym owner and personal trainer exercised on an elliptical machine for 24-hours for ALS research.

(Sept. 10, 2007) Los Angeles, CA
He called it “ElliptiSize for ALS,” and fitness expert Erik Flowers went 24-hours on an elliptical machine during the 43rd annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon. The event was designed to bring awareness and funds to “Augie's Quest,” an organization that raises money for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also known as “Lou Gehrig's Disease).
It may not be a recognized record by organizations that sanctions such events, but it is the first time anyone has ever attempted an elliptical marathon.
Fact is Flowers went the equivalent distance of three marathons at a walking pace. He burned over 10,000 calories while maintaining a heart rate of barely over 100 beats per minute. Flowers trained six months for the event.
“This was my tribute to Augie Nieto, a fitness industry icon and role-model,” says Flowers. Nieto invented the Lifecycle and started the Life Fitness company. He developed ALS about two years ago, at 54 years old. Flowers raised $4,000-5,000, with contributions still coming in.
Earlier this year, Flowers was named one of L.A.'s most innovative personal trainers. His gym, Body Builders Gym, is located in Silver Lake, between Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles. Flowers lives in Orange County, CA.
He is also a certified mental game coach, which he says helped him during the more boring a.m. hours.
Learn more about Augie's Quest at: augiesquest.org. Read more about Erik Flowers at: athletewhisperer.com.