Dane Sets New Plank World Record

Goes for 4 hours, 28 minutes

May 26, 2015
Outside Magazine
Dane Sets New Plank World Record

Tom Hoel held a plank position for four hours and 28 minutes.    IHRSA/Twitter

A fifty-one-year-old fitness instructor held an abdominal plank position for 4 hour and 28 minutes on Friday, setting a new Guinness World Record. He held the plank for two minutes longer than the previous record, held by a Chinese police officer. 

Tom Hoel, who previously held the title, spent nine months training. “I’ve had no alcohol the last four months, have eaten healthy foods, and focused a lot on getting enough sleep,” Hoel told the Local

“I have never pushed myself that far,” Hoel said. “After mentally arguing with myself, I finally asked for the time at 3 hours and 41 minutes. I thought that I was still under three hours and was ready to quit, but when I realized that I had beat my former record and the goal was in sight, I mobilized every resource in my mind and body.”

*This story has been revised from the version first published on May 26, 2015, because it inadvertently used similar language to what was published in the Local. Outside apologizes for the error and is investigating all previous work of the writer.


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