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Fitness & Health

26th May 2015

Danish man sets a new world record for planking

What a planker...

Conor Heneghan

If you’ve ever been to a gym you’re probably aware of the form of torture known as the plank…

One of the most tried and tested (and effective) core exercises, it requires you to stay in a fixed position and engage your core muscles for a fixed amount of time or for as long as you can manage it.


It’s fair to say that most normal people can only manage a couple of minutes before collapsing to the ground in agony. But Danish fitness instructor Tom Hoel is no ordinary person.

Over the weekend, he managed to plank for four hours and 28 minutes, regaining the title of world record holder that had been snatched from him by Chinese man Mao Weidong last October.

That personal best of two minutes and 20 seconds isn’t sounding so impressive now, eh?