Record for longest plank position broken in China
Mao Weidong, a SWAT officer from Beijing, has broken the official planking record by holding a plank for 8 hours, 1 minute, and 1 second. The yoga position, also popular in fitness circles, is notoriously hard. It engages a lot of muscles in the body and especially wears out the abdominal area. Without practice, most people will have a hard time holding a plank for even one minute.
The record didn’t just involve Mao Weidong. He was challenged by George Hood, a retired Marine officer who has been challenging Mao for some years now. In 2013, Hood set the world planking record with a total time of 3 hours, 7 minutes, and 15 seconds. Mao immediately broke Hood’s record with 4 hours and 26 minutes, after which Hood set it at 5 hours and 15 minutes.
In the most recent attempt, the two record breakers went head to head in one of the more unusual direct matches of the year. In their record-breaking planking attempts, George Hood lasted a total of 7 hours, 4 minutes, and 5 seconds, while Mao kept going for almost another 57 minutes. After the 8 hours of holding one position, he ended his ‘work day’ with a few push-ups.
For those with a long-term internet memory, planking was also a thing in 2011, when the stretched-out position even made headlines after some attempts had resulted in serious injuries. Those incidents didn’t scare Hood or Mao, who kept planking and now can do abs exercises for so long that even Superman might be watching with envy.