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Auckland cemetery visitor slams exercise group running a loud fitness boot camp next to graveyard

Rest in beats: Mourning son paying his respects to his late father at a cemetery is interrupted by a fitness boot camp playing loud music

  • A man visited an Auckland cemetery to mourn his dead father on his birthday 
  • His sacred silence was broken by a loud exercise boot camp blaring pop music  
  • He asked them if they thought it was appropriate and they ‘seemed astounded’  
  • The man filmed the group and sent the clip to the Purewa Cemetery Trust Board
  • The board manager said the exercise group was ordered to stop months ago

A mourning son has spoken of his anger after being interrupted while paying his respects to his father at a cemetery by a fitness group working out to loud music. 

The man, who wished to remain anonymous, visited the Purewa Cemetery in Auckland, New Zealand, on Tuesday to visit his dad’s resting place.

But the sacred silence was broken by a fitness group blaring loud pop music, shouting instructions and jumping up and down.  

Speaking to the New Zealand Herald, the man said the work out session should not have taken place there.

‘I go there on his birthday and the day he died every year. Suddenly I’m hearing music and these people are jumping up and down and someone yelling out, “one, two” and on further investigation I found these people having their fitness class,’ the man said. 

‘I walked up to them and asked if it was really an appropriate place to be doing what they were doing. They seemed quite astounded that someone would be upset.

‘If you saw people hooning around and driving up and down playing loud music you’d say that wouldn’t be acceptable behaviour so I don’t see why running a fitness club in a graveyard is.’         

The man decided to film the fitness group, which was made up of up to 15 people exercising outside of the chapel – just metres away from his father’s grave. 

In the video, the group can be seen squatting and jumping to the tune of ‘If I Can’t Have You’ by Shawn Mendes while an instructor shouts: ’10 seconds, push it!’ 

In the video (screenshot pictured), the group can be seen squatting and jumping to the tune of 'If I Can't Have You' by Shawn Mendes while an instructor shouts: '10 seconds, push it!'

In the video (screenshot pictured), the group can be seen squatting and jumping to the tune of ‘If I Can’t Have You’ by Shawn Mendes while an instructor shouts: ’10 seconds, push it!’

He sent the video in an email to the Purewa Cemetery Trust Board demanding that something be done about the workout group.   

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, board general manager Alastair Crombie said the group had been ordered to stop working out at the grounds months ago.  

‘Historically, many years ago they were given permission by previous management to exercise under cover during winter but it was rescinded,’ Mr Crombie said. 

‘Four or five, maybe even six months ago even, they were told they wouldn’t be able to continue

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