World’s longest planking record smashed by fitness instructor who reveals his secret to success

It’s a tough muscle exercise at the best of times – but this man really put his abs to the test after holding the gruelling position for hours

A Danish fitness instructor has  smashed the world record for holding the world’s longest plank – setting an impressive time of four HOURS and 28 minutes.

Tom Hoel, 51, beat his rival, and current world record holder Chinese police officer Mao Weidong, by a full two minutes.

But this wasn’t Tom’s first shot at the plank record, having previously set the world’s best time of three hours and eight minutes back in 2014.

Tom Hoel / YouTubeFitness instructor Tom Hoel, world planking champion
Record: Fitness instructor Tom Hoel held the record back in 2014

A plank is a core strength muscle exercise that involves balancing the body on the arms and the toes in order to work the abs – and it is notoriously difficult to hold for sustained periods of time.

But Tom managed to beat his own personal best by a massive 80 minutes as he performed the difficult move at a cultural event in Jægerpris, Denmark.

Tom told The Local Denmark’s newspaper: “It’s a wonderful feeling to get the title of world champion back.

Tom Hoel / YouTubeFitness instructor Tom Hoel, world planking champion
Reclaimed: Tom managed the gruelling muscle exercise for well over four hours

“I had never pushed myself that far. I had a serious crisis for almost two hours. After mentally arguing with myself, I finally asked for the time at three hours and 41 minutes.

“I thought I was still under three hours and was ready to quit.

“But when I realised that I had beat my former record and the goal was writhing sight, I mobilised every resource in my mind and body.”