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.
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.
“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.”