An average joe can go for maybe 30 seconds. If you consider yourself an athlete, two to four minutes seems do-able. If you crack ten minutes you’re putting that all over social media. We’re talking about plank – the simple looking move that torches the core.
It’s the bane of many people’s gym sessions, but for Mao Weidong, it’s no big deal. The 43-year-old Beijing native set a new world record by holding the plank for four hours and 26 minutes. That’s over one hour and 20 minutes more than the previous record, held by American athlete George Hood.
Mao, who’s a member of the Beijing SWAT team, set the record on Monday in China. Not only does he have – we assume – abs of steel, he’s romantic to boot: Mao aimed for that exact time because his wife’s birthday is April 26.