Sometimes, you think you’ve seen it all, and then, someone comes out of nowhere and amazes you. Someone goes above and beyond the normal and does something like, say, set a new world’s record for fitness.
Hood has recently set a new Guinness World’s Record for holding a plank for 1 hour, 20 minutes and 5.01 seconds. The 53-year old also has set Guinness World Records in endurance for jumping rope and spin cycling. His planking record is officially notated as the Static Abdominal Hold and blew away the former record by almost 30 minutes.
I can’t even fathom those numbers. I’m super impressed by what he’s accomplished. Hood first added planks to his fitness regimen to strengthen himself in an effort to surpass his spin cycling record. In doing so, he set another record, although that wasn’t his original intent.
I know a lot about planking. I do it every day, and have discovered multiple variations of the position. My abs, should I ever decided to uncover the layer of padding that protects them, are solid and strong. I wasn’t always this way, however. A long time ago, my midsection was round and puffy. I worked hard and struggled and eventually, I challenged myself with planks.
If you have a lot of weight to lose, the reality of holding plank for even one minute might overwhelm you. Maybe you made a New Year’s resolution and you are struggling. Take heart. Work just a little bit harder each and every day and you will succeed. Start small, just like every aspect of weight loss. You, too, can surprise yourself and everyone around you with the strength that you have and what you can accomplish.
Not every one of us can set a Guinness World’s Record. Most of us will never get anywhere near one but we can all work as hard as we can to get to be the very best we can be.
January 10th, 2012