Yeah, yeah, another world record. But we’ve really got to applaud this 43-year-old Beijing man who accomplished the hellish feat of maintaining a plank position for a record of four hours and twenty-six minutes.
While the bodyweight exercise appears innocuous, holding the position for an extended period of time requires exceptional strength from the abdominals, back, and shoulders. A regular patron to the gym might be able to hold the plank formation for a few minutes, while the average weakling like me or you (presumably) could probably hold it for no more than a minute before crumpling over in defeat.
Mao Weiding, a member of the Beijing SWAT team (and possibly Superman), recently subjected his body to an excruciating four hours and twenty-six minutes in plank mode, breaking the Guinness World Record for “longest time in an abdominal plank position”.
His feat effectively crushed the previous record set by Swedish fitness instructor Tom Hoel, who held the plank position for three hours and eight minutes.
It hurts to look at.